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Newly acquainted Appalachian State University men’s soccer student-athlete Michael Davidson (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) notched a goal in his first-career match, but it wasn’t enough in the season opener against Old Dominion on Friday evening at ODU Soccer Complex, falling 3-2.

The Monarchs (1-0) needed a late goal in the 84th minute of the match to push past Appalachian (0-1) for the victory, 2-1.

Both teams played to a 0-0 first half despite an aggressive ODU team that took 11 shots, four of which were on goal. Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) was able to come away with all four saves to keep the clean sheet in the first frame.

It wasn’t until the first two minutes into the second period that the hosts would score as Brandon Perdue gave his team the 1-0 lead. Appalachian quickly struck back just 53 seconds later when Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) played a free kick into the middle of the box that found his freshman teammate for the score.

With the match at a 1-1 stalemate, the Apps couldn’t get any more momentum on offense, while Marc Pfrogner (Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen) was the only Mountaineer that was able to get a shot at the target the rest of the way.

Appalachian will have to make the quick turnaround on Sunday for a 7 p.m. match against VCU in Richmond.

Sophomore Ali Williams scored two goals and senior Taylor Cimbalist scored one to push Appalachian State University field hockey passed La Salle, 3-1, on Friday in Philadelphia.
This is the first time the Mountaineers have won a season opener since 2014 and the first season-opening victory on the road since 2009.

App State (1-0) only had two shots in the first half to La Salle’s (0-1) seven, but goalkeeper Rachel Gaines was able to fend off the Explorer attack with five first-half saves.

The score would remain tied at zero going into the half until Cimbalist opened up the scoring in 38th minute on her first goal of the season.

Just under three minutes later, Williams would score her first goal of the night unassisted. La Salle answered in the 45th minute with a goal by Rialee Allen cutting the Appalachian lead in half.

With a 2-1 lead, Gaines deflected two La Salle shots to preserve the Moutaineer lead. In the 59th minute, freshman Annette Jarosz sent a shot towards the goal that Williams was able to tip in for a 3-1 lead. Williams matched her career-high in goals scored and Jarosz picked up her first career assist.

Williams led the Mountaineer offense with five shots while Cimbalist, Jarosz, freshman Meghan Smart and Melissa Nobile each had one shot. Gaines finished with eight saves and picked up her second-career victory.

Appalachian will stay on the road and head to Washington, D.C. to take on Georgetown on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Appalachian State University volleyball dropped a five-set thriller, 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-25, 13-15), to Missouri State in the 2017 season opener on Friday at the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers (0-1) were lead offensively by Emma Longley who finished with a team-high 18 kills and she was followed by freshman Kara Spicer who had 15 kills in her App State debut. Melissa McMath was the other Mountaineer to finish with double-digit kills with 14. Ashlyn Brown dished out 48 assists.

Defensively, four Mountaineers collected double-digit digs. Longley and Brown finished with 13 and 10, respectively, and Olivia Loeffler led the team with 24. Freshman Emma Reilly rounded out the defense with 14 digs.

In the match-tying second set with a 22-20 lead, App State used two kills by McMath and a Missouri State setting error to secure the first set win of the season.

Neither team could get a lead higher than three points in the third set until the Mountaineers went on 5-0 run at the end of the set. McMath made a huge block to put App State up 24-20 right before the Bears benefited from a App State service error. The Mountaineers would then win the set and take a 2-1 lead on a Spicer kill.

Missouri State would control much of the fourth set as the Bears used a 6-0 run to close out a 25-15 set win, leveling the match at 2-2.

In the match-deciding fifth set, Missouri State lead halfway though, 8-6, but the Mountaineers would go on a 4-0 run to take a 13-12 lead. The Bears would score three-straight points and secure a 15-13 victory.

Appalachian heads to Wilmington for the Springhill Suites Mayfaire Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. The Black and Gold will play Davidson on Friday at 9:30 a.m. before play the host UNCW at 7:30 p.m. that night. On Sunday, the Mountaineers play a 10:00 a.m. match against Loyola.

Alexander Central: 3
East Burke: 0

Draughn: 3
West Lincoln: 0

Fred T. Foard: 3
Newton-Conover: 0

Hibriten: 3
Freedom: 2

Lincoln Charter: 3
Bandys: 1

Maiden: 3
St. Stephens: 1

South Caldwell: 3
North Gaston: 0

Statesville: 3
Hickory: 1

Alexander Central: 2
Fred T. Foard: 0

Hickory Christian Academy: 3
Hibriten: 1

Patton: 3
Freedom: 0

A.J. Alexy allowed just two hits over six innings, leading the Hickory Crawdads over the Delmarva Shorebirds in a 6-0 win on Thursday.

Alexy (1-1) picked up the win after he struck out eight and walked one.

Hickory started the scoring in the second inning when Andretty Cordero hit an RBI single and Franklin Rollin hit a sacrifice fly.

The Crawdads later added one run in the sixth and seventh innings and two in the ninth to finish off the shutout.

Travis Seabrooke (3-8) went seven innings, allowing four runs and eight hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out four and walked three. Christian Torres pitched three scoreless innings for his fifth save of the season.

The Shorebirds were blanked for the 10th time this season, while the Crawdads' staff recorded their ninth shutout of the year.

Thursday, 24 August 2017 12:37

Hickory Crawdads Defeat Delmarva 9-8

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Yohel Pozo and Anderson Tejeda recorded three hits each, as Hickory beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 9-8 on Wednesday.

Pozo singled four times, scoring two runs.

Trailing 4-0, Delmarva batted around in the second inning, sending 18 batters to the plate and scoring eight runs, including a single by Ryan McKenna that scored Daniel Fajardo and Alexis Torres.

Leading 12-10, the Crawdads added to their lead in the sixth inning when Leody Taveras scored on a wild pitch and Anderson Tejeda scored on a home run and Taveras scored on a wild pitch and Anderson Tejeda scored on a home run.

The Crawdads tacked on another run in the seventh when Blaine Prescott hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Eric Jenkins.

Delmarva saw its comeback attempt come up short after Ryan McKenna and Milton Ramos each hit two home runs to cut the Hickory lead to 17-16.

Jake Lemoine (3-2) got the win with three innings of scoreless relief while Delmarva starter Lucas Humpal (7-11) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. C.D. Pelham recorded his 12th save of the season.

Four Shorebirds (Cole Billingsley, Cole Billingsley, Ryan McKenna and Ryan McKenna) recorded three hits each in the losing effort.

The Dads are 34-25 on the second half of the season. Hickory hosts Columbia for a weekend series.

Freedom: 3
Patton: 0

Hibriten: 3
West Caldwell: 2

Maiden: 3
Bunker Hill: 0

West Iredell: 3
St. Stephens: 0

Freedom: 4
East Burke: 2

Patton: 8
McDowell: 2

West Caldwell: 1
Hibriten: 0

Alexander Central: 9
Bunker Hill: 0

Maiden: 8
Hickory: 0

South Caldwell: 9
Patton: 0

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