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For the first time this season, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team tasted defeat in a 1-0 loss at Lincoln Memorial on Saturday afternoon. Mariana Diaz scored the lone goal of the game in the 24th minute to put the Railsplitters up 1-0.

The Bears led the Railsplitters in corners 11-3.

Aqsa Mushtaq led the Bears with three shots, with two coming on frame. Neve Duston put both of her shot attempts on goal for the Bears. Itzel Ballesteros led the hosts with six shots on the afternoon.

Charlotte Warner collected six saves which is a career-high for the redshirt freshman.

This marks the first time the Bears have led in shots and not scored a goal.

This also end LR's nine game winning to start the season which was third in the country for active winning streak. L-R is still 9-1 overall and 4-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will be back in action against Newberry on Saturday at 7:30pm.

Three members of the Appalachian State women's cross country team placed in the top-60 as the Mountaineers finished ninth of 39 teams at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday.

App State finished just five points shy of eighth placed and totaled 336 points. Middle Tennessee State won the meet, which featured 39 teams, with 103 points.

Izzy Evely continued her strong 2019 season with her third straight top-10 finish. She crossed 10th overall in the race that featured 315 runners in 17:29.2.

Sarah Venable and Kylee Frady also posted top-60 finishes for the Black and Gold. Venable recorded a PR by over 13 seconds, crossing 37th over in 17:46.2. Frady placed 58th in the field with a time of 18:01.4

Natalie Richardson finished 104th in 18:28.1, Sarah Sandreuter was 128th in 18:39.8 and Lila Peters crossed 145th in 18:44.9.

For the men, Ryan Brown finished 20th overall in a field of over 375 runners to lead Appalachian State men's cross country to a seventh place finish at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday.

App State tallied 307 points in the meet for its seventh place finish, ahead of SEC schools Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Mississippi State. Middle Tennessee State won the 41-team meet with 81 points.

Brown crossed in 24:15.00, which bettered his PR by two seconds, set at the Mountains to Sea Open two weeks ago.

Isaac Benz continued his strong season with a 26th place finish in 24:26.70.

The Black and Gold placed three others in the top-100 of the meet. Michael Flanagan crossed 85th in a PR time of 24:57.0, Gable Dershem placed 89th in his first race of the season in 24:58.9 and George Hotelling crossed 95th in 25:02.2, which betters his PR by over 30 seconds.

App State will send a group of runners to the Royals Challenge in Charlotte on Friday and compete at the HPU VertKlasse Open on Oct. 18 in its final race before the Sun Belt Championships on Nov. 2.

Sunday, 06 October 2019 21:24

App State Women's Soccer Shut Out at Louisiana

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App State women's soccer fell to Louisiana, 1-0, in a double overtime match Friday night in Lafayette at the Ragin' Cajun Soccer Complex.

The Mountaineers are now 4-6-2 (1-2-1 SBC) on the season. The Ragin' Cajuns improve to 5-4-3 (1-1-1 SBC).

After 100 minutes of tough defensive play by the Apps, the game was lost one minute into the second overtime on an unlucky own goal that was deflected off a Mountaineer defender from a
shot by Louisiana's Rachel Sutter.

The Mountaineers only produced one shot in the opening half. In the second half, the attack came alive with eight shots but was unable to manufacture a score. Following regulation, the offense reverted back to it's first half tendencies and only produced one shot. This was the fourth time this season the team failed to record a goal.

App State's bright spot was led by freshman goalkeeper Kerry Eagleston (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth), recording six saves while defending 15 total shots from the Cajuns. Eagleston now has 56 saves on the season.

Four Mountaineers post a shot on goal, while Ava Dawson ( Greenville, N.C./DH Conley) and Tess Cairney (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) each had two shots apiece.

Friday, 04 October 2019 23:23

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Rallies to Win at Coker

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team rebounded from a slow start to earn their 10th win of the season in a 3-1 victory at Coker. The Bears dropped the first set but rallied to take the final three to move to 6-1 in games outside of Hickory.

Taylor Prall's 16 kills paced the Bears and the junior added six digs. Prall topped 200 kills for the season, moving her total to 201 in just 13 matches. The Ohio native is just 87 kills away from her career-high.

Madison Asher added six kills and five total blocks. Alannah Thomas added 10 kills for LR and her seven digs were the second-most on the evening. Mackenzie Hulsey dished out a career-high 26 assists for the Bears and added two kills.

The Bears dropped the first set 25-18 as Coker hit a scorching .423 as a team. LR would answer with a .419 hitting percentage in the third set and held the Cobras to a -.053 percentage in the fourth frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne imrpoves to 10-3 overall and 6-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. This marked the beginning of a nine-match road swing for the Bears as they travel to No. 23 Wingate Saturday.

New season. New venue. Same result.

For the second straight season, Appalachian State volleyball overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat Louisiana 3-2 (17-25, 13-25, 30-28, 25-23, 16-14) in a Sun Belt road crossover matchup on Friday evening.

After dropping the first two sets, the Mountaineers (7-9, 3-0 SBC) found themselves down nine points at 17-8 in the third set. App State scored four straight points to pull within five at 17-12, only to see the Ragin' Cajuns (5-11, 1-2 SBC) score the next two points to take a 19-12 lead. Then Mountaineers answered with the next eight points to take a 20-19 lead and had a set point at 24-23. Louisiana won the next two points to set up a match point, before a kill from Grace Morrison tied the frame at 25-25. The Black and Gold saved two more match points and with the score knotted at 28-28, got a kill from Sam Bickley and a service ace from Kara Spicer to win the stanza 30-28.

Set 4 saw Louisiana score three straight points to break a 9-9 tie and take a 12-9 lead. App State chipped away at the lead and got a kill from Emma Longley to tie the match at 18-18. After two Ragin' Cajun points, App State scored the next three points to open a 21-20 advantage. Louisiana took a 23-22 lead late in the frame, but the Black and Gold won the final three points, getting a pair of kills from Spicer and one from Longley, to force a fifth and deciding set.

The fifth and final set saw the Ragin' Cajuns jump out to a 5-2 lead and hold an 8-5 edge as the two teams switched sides. App State responded with a 6-1 run to build an 11-9 lead. The Mountaineers opened a 14-12 lead, but saw Louisiana win the next two points to knot the score at 14-14. On the next point, App State took a 15-14 lead on a kill from Longley and then saw Louisiana have a bad set to clinch the frame and complete the comeback.

Longley led the Mountaineers with a season-high 24 kills on a .310 hitting percentage. She added 15 digs for her team leading sixth double-double of the season.

Victoria Wilform added 14 kills and Spicer finished with 12 on a .345 hitting mark.

Bickley finished with 55 assists and six digs. On defense, Emma Reilly tallied a career-high 29 digs and moved into seventh place on the all-time digs list. Grace Kinsch added nine digs and Sydney Farthing chipped in with seven.

App State will look to remain perfect in Sun Belt play on Sunday with a 1 p.m. EST match at ULM.

Friday, 04 October 2019 22:55

High School Football Results From Friday, 10/4/19

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Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 23
Freedom: 22

St. Stephens: 28
McDowell: 7

Watauga: 42
Alexander Central: 10

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 16
Fred T. Foard: 14

Draughn: 44
Patton: 6

Hibriten: 52
West Caldwell: 0

West Iredell: 43
East Burke: 20

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Newton-Conover: 36
Bandys: 13

West Lincoln: 28
Maiden: 27

Open: South Caldwell

Appalachian State University field hockey used three goals in the second period to blow past Central Michigan 5-2 on Friday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (8-3, 1-2 MAC) clinched their first MAC triumph of the season with Friday's three-goal victory. Appalachian's eighth victory of the season also ties head coach Meghan Dawson's best win total as App State's head coach.

After junior Chloe Bell gave App State an early 1-0 lead, Central Michigan (2-9, 0-3 MAC) leveled the game at 1-1 midway through the first quarter. Appalachian then dominated the contest's second period, featuring a goal from junior Meghan Smart and a pair of goals from senior Ali Williams. The senior's two-goal performance made her the ninth Mountaineer to record a goal this season.

App State then extended its lead late in the third period when sophomore Friederike Stegen registered her second goal of 2019. Alice O'Hagan tallied her second goal of the day for the Chippewas in the 52nd minute to trim the deficit to the contest's final score.

App State's offense illustrated efficiency throughout the game, recording five scores on 14 shots. The Mountaineers outshot CMU 14-9 and held an 11-6 advantage in shots on goal.

Smart paced Appalachian with five shots and two assists. The junior also tied Williams with a game-high three shots on target. Smart's goal and pair of assists helped her notch her third four-point performance of the season.

Junior Veerle Van Heertum and senior Michelle Taylor also recorded assists in Friday's scoring outburst.

Freshman goalkeeper Addie Clark closed out the final 10 minutes in goal cage, marking the second appearance of her career.

The Mountaineers close out their road swing against No. 9 Michigan (6-3) on Saturday at 2 p.m. Saturday's matchup is the first between the two schools.

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 3
Lincolnton: 0

Lake Norman Charter: 3
Maiden: 2

Newton-Conover: 3
West Lincoln: 2

Hickory: 3
Asheville Christian Academy: 1

Draughn: 3
Freedom: 0

The Appalachian State men's soccer team was recognized by United Soccer Coaches for its academic performance, the organization announced Thursday. The Mountaineers received the team academic award for the third time under head coach Jason O'Keefe, and 13th time since 2002.

College Team Academic Award recipients are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all players on the roster for the 2018-19 academic year.

"We are extremely proud of our guys and the effort they put into their academics. Their priorities are always correct and that is why we have been able to receive this tremendous honor so many times," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "It is the top honor a student-athlete can get and show they not only compete at the highest level on the field, but also in the classroom which is a team goal of ours every year."

A total of 992 college teams (345 men, 647 women) earned the Team Academic Award for the 2018-19 academic year. Recently, men's soccer placed seven student-athletes on the Sun Belt Commissioner's List and 10 on the Sun Belt Honor Roll. The Commissioner's List honors student-athletes who maintained a 3.5 grade point average or better during the 2018-19 academic year and the Academic Honor Roll honors those student-athletes who maintained a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 for the academic year.

App State was recently ranked 6th in the Southeast region by United Soccer Coaches, ahead of Sun Belt opponents Georgia State (7th) Central Arkansas (10th). This is the fourth straight week the Mountaineer have been ranked top 10 in the Southeast region.

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 3
Alexander Central: 0

Watauga: 3
Freedom: 0

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 3
Bunker Hill: 2

Patton: 3
East Burke: 2

West Iredell: 3
West Caldwell: 0

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