In the final rankings before regionals, Appalachian State University women’s cross country stand at No. 15 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Regional Rankings announced on Monday. The women moved down one spot in week six’s rankings.
App State remains as the only Sun Belt school featured on the Southeast Regional list. Reigning at No. 1 is ACC Champion NC State, followed by CAA Champion William & Mary in second and Kentucky in third.
The women seize a spot on the regional list after snatching their first-ever Sun Belt Conference Cross Country title on Saturday, Oct. 29 accumulating 43 team points, the lowest team score produced at the championship meet since 2010. All six Mountaineers finished inside the top-15 and swept the all-conference honors.
Crossing the finish line first for Appalachian was Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who ran a time of 17:37.50 to place second. Next was Emily Fedders (Beckley, W.V./Woodrow Wilson) who clocked a 5k PR of 18:24.30 to land in eighth. Rounding out the top-ten competitors of the morning was Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) who produce a time of 18:38.50. App State’s final three finishers were Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./ Durham School of the Arts) in 11th (18:38.50), Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) in 12th (18:44.00) and Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) in 15th (18:54.30).
In addition to winning the championship, head coach Michael Curcio was crowned the Sun Belt Women’s Coach of the Year due to his athlete’s outstanding performance on the course.
The Black and Gold will compete in Cary, N.C. at the 3 Stripes Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 5. The women’s 5k race starts at 11:30 a.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Abigael McGarel has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.
McGarel, a freshman midfielder from Morristown, Tenn., scored the match-winner on a penalty kick with 12 minutes left in a 2-1 victory over Newberry Saturday on the road in the regular season finale. McGarel is tied for second on the team in goals scored (five) and points (12).
The victory over the Wolves gave the Bears at least a share of league regular season championship for the sixth time in seven years. Lenoir-Rhyne won the title five straight seasons (2010-14) and will share the crown this fall with Carson-Newman and Tusculum.
The Bears, ranked sixth in this week’s NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll, is led this season by senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.), who is first on the squad in goals scored (eight), assists (seven) and total points (23). Lenoir-Rhyne has also won five straight matches.
Lenoir-Rhyne (12-3-2, 8-2-1) will be the top seed in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championship and will face eighth-seeded Newberry (7-10-1, 4-6-1) in the Quarterfinal Round at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.
Appalachian State University volleyball dropped a four-set defeat, 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 16-25, 25-27), to South Alabama on Sunday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (3-21, 1-10 Sun Belt) were led by Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) who finished with a team-high 18 kills. Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) also finished with double-digit kills with 13.
Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) ran the offense and finished with 41 assists for the match. Defensively, Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) collected a team-high 22 digs, while Brown finished with 16 and Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) totaled 13.
Appalachian got off to a good start in the opening set. The Mountaineers got out to an early 14-7 lead behind kills from McMath and Gregory. The Black and Gold would increase its lead to as many as eight at 20-12.
The Jaguars (14-11, 5-7 Sun Belt) would close to within five, but the Apps would take the first set, 25-20.
In the second set, the Mountaineers held a late 20-18 lead following a kill from McMath. Two-straight kills from Kristina Alabastro forced an App State timeout with the score tied 20-20. It would be tied two more times, before two errors from the Mountaineers sealed a second set win for the Jags, 25-23.
App State fought hard in the third set and found themselves tied with the Jaguars at 15-15 after a kill from Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard). The Jags would open a two-point lead and would maintain it until an 8-0 run gave South Alabama a crucial 25-16 set three win.
In the fourth set, the Apps would hold a late 24-22 advantage after a Jaguar error and a kill from Sloan Evans (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights). With the score tied at 25-25, a kill and a Mountaineer error would clinch the match for South Alabama.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday, Nov. 4 when they host Georgia State. First serve from the Holmes Center is set for 6:30 p.m.
In the last game of the 2016 season, Appalachian State University field hockey fumbled to No. 5 North Carolina 9-1 on Sunday at the Francis E. Henry Stadium. Melissa Nobile (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) scored App’s only goal of the afternoon.
In the first 18 minutes of the half, the Mountaineers (1-15) countered many of UNC’s attacks. Goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) kicked away many Tar Heel shot attempts, and the defensive front broke up many of UNC’s plays. App State’s defense appeared to put a hold on the No. 5 team in the country until Eva van’t Hoog scored the first goal of the match to give UNC (15-4, 3-3 ACC) the 1-0 lead. Then in the 27th minute, Catherine Hayden received a pass from Eef Andriessen to raise the ACC team’s advantage to 2-0.
The Tar Heels continued to control the ball on Appalachian’s side of the pitch, but no one could strike up any more offensive plays until the very last ticks of the half when Ashley Hoffman capitalized off of UNC’s sixth penalty corner to end the period up by three.
The majority of the first half was played on App State’s side of the 50 yard-line, which prevented Appalachian from creating anything offensively. On the other hand, the 2015 NCAA Runners-up fired 20 shots with 11 shots on goal.
The Tar Heels began the second half quickly with two back-to-back goals 62 seconds apart in the first four minutes. After nine minutes of play, Catherine Hayden would strike again darting in the ball past the heels of Gaines to push North Carolina’s lead to 6-0.
After not seeing North Carolina’s side of the pitch for 50 minutes, Nobile broke through for Appalachian scoring her sixth goal of the season to bring UNC’s lead down a bit, but Eef Andriessen responded to Nobile’s goal with one of her own to bring back UNC’s six-goal lead.
Then with 20 minutes to go, UNC netted two more goals to run away with the match and snag the 9-1 victory.
UNC had a record-breaking day producing their highest scoring game since 2013 with nine goals, 34 shots, 22 shots on goal and ten penalty corners.
Appalachian did not have many encounters with the ball offensively due to North Carolina’s dominant performance. App State only administered two shots, one shot from Micaela Diedericks (Cape Town, South Africa/Wynberg Girls) and the other from Nobile’s goal, and did not receive any penalty corner opportunities.
Gaines put her body on the line for every shot the Tar Heels presented to her and came out with 13 saves in 70:00 minutes. Her match against UNC is her second-best performance of the season, behind her 19-save game on Oct. 1 versus Pacific.
As a whole, the Mountaineers accumulated 23 goals, 65 points, 145 shots, 89 shots on goal, 19 assists, 129 saves, ten defensive saves, 70 penalty corners and averaged 1.4 goals scored per game.
Individually, the freshman from New Jersey, Nobile, collected the most goals of the season (six) and recorded App’s only game-winning goal against LIU on Sept. 4. Following Nobile are Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./ First Colonial) (five), Ali Williams (three) (Myersville, Md./Middletown) and Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear Academy) (three).
Jordan Van Cleave (Lousiville, Ky./Ballard) smacked the most shots on the season with 31 while Cimbalist came in second with 30. In shots on goal, Cimbalist grabbed the lead with 21 SOG for her junior year and Van Cleave finished her senior campaign with 16 SOG.
In points and assist, two athletes tied for each No. 1 spot. Cimbalist and Nobile both collected 14 points on the season, and Cimbalist and Savanna Sheridan (Hertford, N.C./First Colonial) dished out four assists apiece.
In the cage, Gaines rejected 119 shots on goal in 2016 and played for 1126:53 minutes.
In the record books, McLean tied for fifth in single-season defensive saves with three and Keighly Adams (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern) and Sheridan are tied for ninth in single-season defensive saves with two.
Wingate finished the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer season with a perfect 11-0 record and 33 points in South Atlantic Conference play to earn its third-straight SAC Regular Season Championship. With its title, Wingate will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Championship.
At No. 2 in the seeds was Tusculum with an 8-3 record and 24 points. Lenoir-Rhyne came in at No. 3 in the seeds as it turned in a 7-3-1 League record and 22 points. Catawba's 7-4 record and 21 points was good for the No. 4 seed, while Lincoln Memorial came in at No. 5 with its 6-5 SAC record and 18 points. Coker earned the No. 6 seed as it finished the South Atlantic Conference season with a 5-6 record and 15 points, ahead of Mars Hill who posted a 4-6-1 Conference mark and 13 points. Brevard College rounded out the bracket at No. 8 with a 4-7 South Atlantic Conference record and 12 points.
The 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Championship quarterfinals will be played at campus sites on Tuesday, Nov. 1 before moving to Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C. for the semifinals and finals on Nov. 4 and 6. The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, Nov. 1 (at Highest Seeds)
Game 1: #1 Wingate vs. #8 Brevard, 7:00pm
Game 2: #4 Catawba vs. #5 Lincoln Memorial, 7:00pm
Game 3: #2 Tusculum vs. #7 Mars Hill, 7:30pm
Game 4: #3 Lenoir-Rhyne vs. #6 Coker, 5:00pm
Friday, Nov. 4 (Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, S.C.)
Game 5: winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 5:00pm
Game 6: winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 7:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 6 (Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, S.C.)
Game 7: winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 4:00pm
Lenoir-Rhyne, Carson-Newman and Tusculum finished the season with 8-2-1 records and 25 points in South Atlantic Conference play to finish in a three-way tie for the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Championship, as Conference play concluded this afternoon. The scenario marks the first time in SAC history that the League has had Tri-Champions in Women's Soccer. The Bears earned the No.1 seed in the upcoming South Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Championship as it broke the tie with its four points won against Carson-Newman and Tusculum.
The Eagles defeated the Pioneers during the regular season to earn the No. 2 seed, with Tusculum picking up the No. 3 position. Queens and Wingate turned in identical 8-3 records and 24 points in South Atlantic Conference play. The Royals downed the Bulldogs during the regular season and will be the No. 4 seed, leaving Wingate at No. 5. Anderson posted a 6-4-1 record with 19 points in the League to earn the No. 6 seed and at the No. 7 slot was Catawba as it posted a 5-4-2 record and 17 points in Conference action. Newberry rounded out the bracket at the No. 8 position with its 4-6-1 South Atlantic Conference record for 13 points.
The 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinals will be played at campus sites on Tuesday, Nov. 1 before moving to Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C. for the semifinals and finals on Nov. 4 and 6. The South Atlantic Conference's Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA women's Soccer Tournament. The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, Nov. 1 (at Highest Seeds)
Game 1: #1 Lenoir-Rhyne vs. #8 Newberry, 7:30pm
Game 2: #4 Queens vs. #5 Wingate, 7:00pm
Game 3: #2 Carson-Newman vs. #7 Catawba, 5:00pm
Game 4: #3 Tusculum vs. #6 Anderson, 5:00pm
Friday, Nov. 4 (Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, S.C.)
Game 5: winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 11:00am
Game 6: winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 1:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 6 (Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, S.C.)
Game 7: winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 1:00pm
Maiden High School’s girls doubles team of Zoe Huffman and Toni Laney prevented a Lake Norman Charter sweep in the 2A state championship as the Blue Devils pair pushed to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Lake Norman Charter’s Lauren Bush and Lauren Loveless 6-2, 6-0. Huffman won the 2A Singles Championship a year ago, and was part of bringing home the school’s second championship in the Individual State Championship this year by combining with Laney. Huffman and Laney defeated Jordan-Matthew’s Sarah Morse and Marshall Phillips 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals.
The Newberry Football Team (8-1, 6-0), ranked No. 23 in NCAA Division II, won its eighth straight game with a 53-14 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (2-7, 2-3) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Setzler Field.
Newberry quarterback Raleigh Yeldell (Edgefield, S.C.) passed for 428 yards and four touchdowns and the Wolves finished with a school-record 727 yards of total offense in the victory.
The Wolves took control right from the start by scoring the game’s first 35 points and entered halftime with a 42-7 advantage. Newberry scored touchdowns on six of its first eight possessions and had 533 yards of offense by intermission.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s touchdowns came on a 91-yard kickoff return for a score by redshirt freshman Sherrod Williams (Edison, Ga.) in the second quarter and a three-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Robbie Hooks (Franklinville, N.J.) in the final stanza. Hooks now has three scores on the season.
Yeldell added a touchdown run while the Wolves’ defense limited Lenoir-Rhyne to just 154 yards of total offense. Newberry’s Romelo Doctor (Summerville, S.C.) led the way on the ground with 95 yards and a score as the Wolves clinched at least a share of the South Atlantic Conference Championship.
For the Bears, redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.) had 94 yards through the air while senior defensive backs C.J. Cody (Powder Springs, Ga.) and Rodney Singleton (Hawthorne, Fla.) totaled 10 tackles each in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday, November 5, at 1:00 p.m., in Brevard, N.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (11-4-2, 7-3-1) wrapped up the regular season with a 3-1 victory over Newberry (5-10-2, 2-7-2) in South Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon at Smith Road Complex.
The Bears scored all three of their goals in the first half – including a league-leading 16th goal of the year by junior forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) – to lead Lenoir-Rhyne to the win.
The Bears were aided by an own goal just 6:56 into the contest that opened the scoring before sophomore forward Marc Fernandez (Barcelona, SPAIN) gave Lenoir-Rhyne a 2-0 advantage in the 22nd minute off a cross from junior defender Sercan Cihan (Sundern, GERMANY). Cihan was credited with the assist.
Nousmansana rounded out the scoring for Lenoir-Rhyne with a penalty kick goal at the 27:38 mark of the first half.
Newberry’s goal came late in the first half with just over three minutes left when Claus Lehland (Bergen, NORWAY) scored on a corner kick. The second half was scoreless. Lenoir-Rhyne held an 11-8 advantage in shots taken in the victory as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Danilo Pellegrini (Rome, ITALY) – making his first collegiate start – earned the win after making a save while Newberry’s Keegan Petersen (Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y.) suffered the loss in goal.
Lenoir-Rhyne will host a Quarterfinal match of the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Championship on Tuesday, November 1, at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (12-3-2, 8-2-1) ended the regular season on a high note with a 2-1 victory over Newberry (7-10-1, 4-6-1) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Smith Road Complex.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.) scored the match-winner on a penalty kick with 12 minutes left as the Bears increased their winning streak to five contests. The goal was McGarel’s fifth of the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) opened the scoring just over five minutes after halftime after finishing off a shot from the left side. The goal was Van Eerden’s fifth of the season as well. Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) was credited with the assist.
Newberry tied the contest at one at the 58:54 mark of the second half when Lindsay Huber (Selden, N.Y.) scored from 18 yards out but the lead was short-lived thanks to McGarel’s heroics.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the win after making four saves while Newberry’s Madison Putman (Pickering, Ontario, CANADA) suffered the loss in goal despite stopping five shots. Both teams had 15 shots on the day.
In the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Regional rankings, Lenoir-Rhyne is sixth in the poll.
Lenoir-Rhyne is guaranteed a home match in the Quarterfinal Round of the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer Championship on Tuesday, November 1.
Appalachian State University men’s cross country finished fourth with 97 teams points at the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon. UT Arlington grabbed their second-consecutive championship with 45 team points, followed by UL Lafayette in second (66 points) and Texas State in third (88 points).
“I am certainly disappointed that we did not win,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “The men knew we could be forth to first. Lafayette and Texas State really put a good race together. We rallied through the middle portion of the woods and guys tried to fight back to second, but it wasn’t meant to be. I am proud of the races the guys put in, probably a better effort than earlier meets. It was a challenging weather situation that took a great effort to overcome.”
Craig Lautenslager of UT Arlington snatched the 8k individual crown with a time of 24:20.90. ULL’s Stanley Limoh and Beau Robinson came in second and third respectively running 24:25.40 and 24:31.50.
The fastest Mountaineer in Dothan was Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) who clocked a time of 25:17.20 to finish in eleventh and earn third-team all-conference honors. Three spots behind Ellis was all-conference honoree Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day) who sprinted across the finish line in 25:35.60 to take 14th. Jacob Sears (Raliegh, N.C./Panther Creek) crossed the tape in 25:49.30 to place 16th to round out App’s top three competitors.
Other scorers for Appalachian were Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) in 20th (25:57.40) and Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in 36th (26:44.40).
App State’s sixth-best performer was Ryan Shannon (Maiden, N.C./North Lincoln) who clocked a time of 27:08.90 to place 42nd.
The men will run a 5k on Saturday, Nov. 5 in Cary, N.C at the 3 Stripes Invitational. The men’s race starts at 10 a.m.
2016 SBC XC Championship Team Scores
1. UT Arlington - 45 points
2. UL Lafayette - 66 points
3. Texas State - 88 points
4. Appalachian State - 97 points
5. South Alabama - 129 points
6. Little Rock - 157 points
7. Arkansas State - 179 points *
8. Troy - 179 points *
9. UL Monroe - 211 points
10. Coastal Carolina - 226 points
* - Tiebreakers: Arkansas State (3 W-W-W-L-L); Troy (2 L-L-L-W-W)
App State Results
11. Michael Ellis - 25:17.20
14. Chris Anderson - 25:35.60
16. Jacob Sears - 25:49.30
20. Andrew Vandenberg - 25:57.40
36. Evan Georges - 26:44.40
42. Ryan Shannon - 27:08.90
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (7-16, 5-11) suffered its third consecutive loss with a 3-0 defeat to the hands of Newberry (16-10, 13-5) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Eleazer Arena.
The Wolves, winners of seven straight matches, defeated the Bears by scores of 25-19, 25-23 and 25-18 and completed the season sweep of the Bears.
Newberry was led by Logan Hayward (Sylvania, Ohio) with a match-high 14 kills to go along with 20 digs while Maggie Marsh (Charleston, S.C.) added 33 assists as the Wolves remained in sole possession of fourth place in the league standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) finished with seven kills and junior setter Kathryn Sizemore (Arden, N.C.) totaled 20 assists in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior defensive specialist Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.) chipped in with 16 digs but the Bears hit just .080 for the match while Newberry had seven service aces for the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference match on Tuesday night in Salisbury, N.C., at 7:00 p.m.
In the program’s 50th season of competition, Appalachian State University women’s cross country captured its first ever Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championship in Dothan, Ala. on Saturday morning. The Mountaineers grab the championship title with 43 team points, beating out Coastal Carolina by 13 points (second) and crushing last year’s conference champions South Alabama by 36 points (third).
“I am truly ecstatic,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “The third time was a charm. The ladies executed the race plan perfectly. Tristin needed to be in the top three, and she was the runner-up. We wanted all seven in the top 15 by the woods, and they were. The last thing we told them was if you can’t put a hand on your teammate you’re not doing your job. As for being a Coach of the Year, I always quote Yogi Berra. When asked what makes a good manager, he replied, ‘great athletes’”.
Today’s conference victory marks the 30th anniversary of the first women’s cross country title won at App and the 100th conference championship won by the men’s and women’s cross country/track program.
All of Appalachian’s runners finished inside the top 15 which helped to catapult the App’s to a first-place finish. The Black and Gold’s championship performance was led by senior Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who sprinted past the finish line in 17:37.50 to finish in second for the third-straight year. Appalachian’s second fastest competitor was Emily Fedders (Beckley, W.V./Woodrow Wilson) who cruised past the finish line with a PR of 18:24.30 to take eighth place. Rounding out App’s top three runners was Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./ Apex) who snagged the tenth-best time in 18:36.50. All three ladies were granted all-conference honors due to their top-ten finish.
Striding directly behind Moser was Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) and Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) who darted across the finish line in 11th and 12th respectively to fill the final five spots that solidified the Mountaineers winning the event.
App State’s sixth-best runner was Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) who stuck with the lead pack the whole race and clocked a time of 18:54.30 to land in 15th.
Annie Bothma of Coastal Carolina won the individual 5k title in 17:27.50. Following Bothma was Van Ord in second and Aynslee Van Graan of Coastal in third (17:43.10).
App State will hit the course on Saturday, Nov. 5 in Cary, N.C. for the 3 Stripe Invitational hosted by NC State. The women’s 5k kicks off at 10 a.m.
2016 SBC XC Championship Team Scores
1. Appalachian State - 43 points
2. Coastal Carolina - 56 points
3. South Alabama - 79 points
4. Georgia State - 112 points
5. UT Arlington - 141 points
6. Arkansas State - 168 points
7. Georgia Southern - 181 points
8. Texas State - 183 points
9. UL Lafayette - 217 points
10. Troy - 235 points
11. UL Monroe - 291 points
12. Little Rock - 309 points
App State Results
2. Tristin Van Ord - 17:37.50
8. Emily Fedders - 18:24.30
10. Torre Moser - 18:36.50
11. Hana Ratcliffe - 18:38.50
12. Natalie Kile - 18:44.00
15. Kerry Leonard - 18:54.30
Appalachian State University field hockey dropped to No. 18 Wake Forest 9-1 on Friday night under the lights at Kentner Stadium. Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear Academy) scored Appalachian’s only goal of the evening, her third of the season.
Wake Forest (9-7, 0-6 ACC) came out of the gates fast with two quick goals in under three minutes to take the early 2-0 lead.
After falling quickly in the first several minutes, App State’s defensive front began to pick it up a notch with many blocked shots and broke up multiple offensive plays created by the Deacs. The App’s (1-14) started to hold off the Demon Deacons offensively until Nicola Pluta found an opening for Madi Julius to score Wake’s third goal in the 17th minute.
The match started to go into a standstill until McLean nestled the ball into the cage off of Appalachian’s second corner of the match to shrink the Deacs’ lead to 3-1. Only down by two, the Mountaineers were eager to score another goal, but Wake Forest beat them to the punch and scored two back-to-back goals to end the half 5-1.
The Demon Deacons supplied more pressure at net with ten shots and eight on goal while Appalachian’s only offensive opportunities came from their two penalty corners in the first period.
The second half opened with a Demon Deacon goal in the 38th minute from Nicola Pluta who backhanded the ball into the net. Then in the 45th minute, Sarah Thornhill of Wake slammed an unassisted shot into the net to widen the Demon Deacons’ lead to 7-1.
Despite being down by several goals, the Mountaineers continued to fight and attempted to strike up more offensive plays but Wake Forest scored two more goals and ran away with the match 9-1.
The offensive stats were dominated by the Deacs in the second half with 13 shots and 12 shots on goal while the Mountaineers only supplied one shot with none on goal.
Wake Forest controlled most of the match on App’s side of the pitch totaling 23 shots, 20 shots on goal and earning 11 penalty corners. Appalachian garnered three shots with two towards the cage and grabbed two penalty corners.
Julia Wenz (Bayern, Germany/Louis-Schroeder Gymnasium), Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) and McLean all collected one shot apiece with McLean and Van Cleave whaling their’s to goal.
Goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) provided sound protection at net accumulating 11 saves in 70:00 minutes.
The Black and Gold will conclude their 2016 campaign on Sunday, Oct. 30 in Chapel Hill against No.5 North Carolina. The first touch starts at 1 p.m.