The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (2-1-1) was shut out by Limestone (3-0) by a 2-0 score on Saturday evening at Saints Field.
The Saints scored both their goals in the first half – one from Gui Machado (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) and one from Louis Robles (Liverpool, ENGLAND) – at the 12:48 and 27:07 marks, respectively, and Limestone remained unbeaten on the season. Machado has a team-leading three goals on the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne suffered its first loss of the year while junior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) made a pair of saves in the losing effort.
Limestone’s Greg Purvis (New Castle, ENGLAND) earned the shutout victory in goal while making three stops. The Bears and the Saints each recorded 11 shots on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Belmont Abbey on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Marcus Cox started the “Whiteout” white hot and the Appalachian State defense did the rest. Cox rushed for three first-half touchdowns, and the Appalachian State defense held Old Dominion to a lone second-quarter touchdown in the Apps’ home opener on Saturday in front of 23,374 fans at The Rock.
Cox had a pair of short TD runs in the first quarter as App State (1-1) roared to an early 17-0 lead. He opened with a 1-yard score to cap an explosive 72-yard opening drive and followed with a 2-yard plunge late in the first to push the lead to 14-0.
The defense did the rest.
The Apps held ODU to 2-of-13 on third-down conversions and 0-of-2 in the red zone. ODU amassed only 140 yards of total yards in the second half and never really mustered enough offense to threaten the Mountaineers’ lead. Tee Sims had two sacks and Kennan Gilchrist (11 tackles) and Eric Boggs (12 tackles) kept ODU quarterback David Washington on the run all afternoon.
Ray Lawry’s 27-yard run in the second quarter cut the lead to 17-7 for a brief moment, but Cox answered with 10-yard score to close out the half and put the Monarchs in a deep hole at the break, 24-7.
Cox carried the load for an App offense that piled up 230 yards rushing and had 318 yards of offense at the half. Taylor Lamb was 14-of-21 for 181 yards and found Barrett Burns and Jaquil Capel in key spots early. Capel had a 40-yard reception on the opening drive to set up Cox TD run and Burns had a pair of long receptions to set up App State in the red zone.
Cox finished with 133 yards on 18 carries, posting his sixth career three-touchdown game. It was also his school-record 24th 100-yard game.
Lawry had 119 yards on 15 carries and the Monarchs’ only score. ODU’s Anthony Wilson had three sacks and 11 tackles to lead the Monarchs’ defense.
App State hosts Miami in a much-anticipated meeting next Saturday at noon at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Kickoff is at noon. The game will be carried on ESPN.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (2-1-1) scored three goals in the first half to take control on its way to a 4-0 victory over USC Aiken (2-2) Saturday afternoon at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) scored two first half goals to lead the Bears to the victory over the Pacers. The Bears have two victories and a tie since dropping their season opener last Friday.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Maialen Herreros (Bilbao, SPAIN) gave the Bears a 3-0 advantage at the 28:11 mark of the first half. Freshman midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.) was credited with the assist on the score as the Bears put the contest away by halftime.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) rounded out the scoring with her second goal of the year in the 78th minute of action.
The Bears held an 18-7 advantage in shots taken while senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the shutout victory after making three saves on the afternoon. USC Aiken’s goalkeeper, Karin Cadwalader (Hasselby, SWEDEN) made eight stops but suffered the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Belmont Abbey on Wednesday night beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University men’s soccer dropped the 1-0 decision to Marshall on Saturday afternoon, unable to prevent a goal in the second half by Alex Reyes.
“Well, obviously I’m disappointed with the result,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “We had a lot of moments in the first half to capitalize and change the outcome of the match but we just couldn’t finish those opportunities. We had some more opportunities in the second half but then you’re chasing the game on the road and that’s really tough. We will regroup and get ready for our first home game on Tuesday against USC Upstate.”
The Mountaineers (0-4) dominated possession for much of the first half, outmatching the Thundering Herd (3-2) at the midfield and stopping any attack on the defensive third of the field. App State limited Marshall to one shot on goal in the first half and led in corners for the game 7-6.
Marshall came out in the second half blazing, getting the eventual game-winner just two minutes into the final 45. Daniel Jodah placed a ball forward to Reyes, who put one just out of the reach of goalkeeper Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga).
Chasteen played the entire 90 for the Mountaineers between the frames, recording three saves on the day.
Leading Appalachian on the offensive side was senior Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) who had three total shots and one on goal. Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) had one shot on goal while Thibaut Arpinon (Nimes, France/St. Stanislas) finished with one shot.
Next the Mountaineers will host their home-opener after an extensive road trip to begin the 2016 season. The Apps take on USC Upstate on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Appalachian Soccer Stadium at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) turned in a historic performance with a program-record 37 kills in a five-set loss (25-21, 17-25, 31-29, 21-25, 9-15) to Ball State on Saturday. Longley also finished with her sixth double-double of the season with a team-and-career-high 20 digs.
Longley’s 37 kills broke Brittany Zahn’s record of 36, which stood for nearly eight seasons until today. Zahn recorded 36 kills at UNCG on Oct. 6, 2007.
The Mountaineers (2-8) dropped its sixth-straight match and its fifth in five sets. App State was paced offensively and defensively by Longley, while Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) also finished in double-digits with 10 kills.
Offensively, Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) nearly cracked the program’s top-ten list for assists in a match - finishing with a career-high 62. Krahl also tallied 11 digs for her second double-double of the season.
Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) and Taylor Ashcraft (Cumming, Ga./West Forsyth) also finished with double-digit digs with 19 and 12, respectively.
Appalachian continued its trend of opening the match with a set victory to grab early momentum. With the score tied 6-6, the Mountaineers used an 8-3 run to take a 14-9 lead and forced a Ball State timeout.
The Mountaineers would extend its lead to as many as six at 19-13. The Cardinals would come back to tie the set at 19-19, but three straight kills from Shoff and Longley gave App State enough breathing room to finish off the set 25-21.
The Cardinals (2-9) would come back to tie the match in the second set. Ball State opened up a nine-point lead and finished with a 25-17 win.
In a dramatic third set, Appalachian found a way to prevail 31-29. Beginning at 19-19, the set was tied 11 times until a kill from Sloan Evans (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) coupled with a Cardinal attack error gave the Apps a dramatic match-swinging set victory.
A closely contested fourth set would go Ball State’s way, 25-21. Appalachian led late 20-19, but a 6-1 run from the Cardinals clinched the set and tied the match 2-2 - sending it to a decisive fifth set.
The Black and Gold held two leads in the fifth set, but after taking a 5-4 lead on an Evans kill, Ball State finished sealed the match with an 11-4 run.
EAGLE CHALLENGE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Emma Longley, Appalachian State
Sabrina Mangapora, Ball State
Kate Avila, Ball State
The Mountaineers will return to action next Friday, Sept. 16 when they travel to the Scenic City Showdown - hosted by Chattanooga. There, the Apps will play the host Mocs to open the tournament and finish with two matches on Saturday, Sept. 17 against Ole Miss and Tennessee State.
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Alexander Central: 75
Ashe County: 14
Hunter Huss: 47
St. Stephens: 10
Central Virginia Disciples: 32
Wilkes Central: 52
TC Roberson: 24
West Caldwell: 45
Hickory Hawks: 8
West Iredell: 41
Bunker Hill: 12
West Lincoln: 24
Fred T. Foard: 0
Senior Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) scored two goals in the come-from-behind victory at Gardner-Webb on Friday evening, getting the game-winner in the second overtime period off the Jenn Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams (Clemson)) assist.
"Despite some serious adversity, we found a way to get the result against a very organized, well-coached Gardner-Webb team," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "I am very proud of this group for the composure they showed and the heart demonstrated by all players, whether they were on the field or on the sideline. I'm very proud of Jenn Bass and Jane Cline for their perseverance up top and for Sarah Moon for her inspiration coming in off the bench."
The Mountaineers (5-2) raced out of the gates in the match, outshooting the Runnin’ Bulldogs (2-4-2) 13-5 but weren’t able to get one in, despite getting four of them on frame.
After a scoreless first half, App State found themselves down 1-0 again, falling on a header in the 66th minute by Bailey Hierholzer who worked off a ball placed behind the line.
Appalachian continued the aggressive gameplan and finally found a way to break the seal on the net in the 70th minute when Cline placed a nice high ball over the keeper from seven yards out for the equalizer.
The intensity only escalated as both teams wanted to get the game-winner. But both defenses clamped down in the final 20 minutes to force an overtime.
In the first 10-minute overtime, the App State held a possession advantage but wasn’t able to find a goal.
Finally in the final overtime period, Bass once again this season found her senior partner for the game-winner as she lifted the ball from the right side of the goal into the back of the net.
Cline’s two goals gives her six on the season and bumps her up to tied-fifth (Julia Holz - 2011-14) on the all-time career goals list with 22.
Redshirt freshman Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) earned her second win of the season, improving to 2-0. She finished the day with two saves and one goal allowed in just over 105 minutes of action.
For the fourth time this season, Appalachian came back from a 1-0 deficit to win the match (Northern Kentucky, Radford, Maryland, Gardner-Webb). This time, however, the 1-0 deficit was faced in the later second half and not at halftime. Once again, the Black and Gold succeeded by consistently outshooting opponents.
The Mountaineers set a new season-high in shots on Friday, shooting 29 total to Gardner-Webb’s 15. Of those, 10 were on goal.
Leading the offensive charge in shots was Cline (nine), senior Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) (four), sophomore Morgan Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) and sophomore Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) and sophomore Sarah Moon (Cornelius, N.C./W.A. Hough) (two). Both Cline and Nieradka had three shots on goal.
The Mountaineers will now return home to face Big 12 power No. 22 Texas Tech on Sunday, Sept. 11. Kickoff for the showdown is set for 1 p.m.
Appalachian State University volleyball struggled against Northern Kentucky and dropped its sixth-straight match with a 3-1 loss on Friday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (2-7) were led by freshman Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) who tallied a team-high and game-high 19 kills. Longley also collected 10 digs and notched her fifth double-double of the season.
Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) finished with 42 assists, while Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) finished with a team-high 18 digs. Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) was the third Mountaineer to finished with double-digit digs with 12.
In the first set, the Mountaineers and the Norse were tied 10-10 before App State went on a 5-2 run for a three point lead. From there, App State maintained the advantage until the Norse tied the set at and took a lead at 21-20. App State rallied for a 5-1 run to finish off the set, including a kill from Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic).
In the second set, App State fell behind early on and was never able to recover. The Mountaineers were within one point at 16-15, but back-to-back kills from the Norse pushed the lead to 18-15 and the Black and Gold couldn’t recover and Northern Kentucky tied the match at 1-1.
Much like the second set, the Mountaineers played the Norse close in the early going but Northern Kentucky pulled away from a 16-5 lead on a 6-2 run to open up a 22-17 lead. NKU finished off a match-swinging set with a 25-21 win.
Northern Kentucky raced off to an 11-2 lead in what would prove to be the match-clinching set for the Norse. The Mountaineers would battle back to a 19-15 deficit, but the Norse would finish the match with a 25-17 set victory.
Appalachian State will finish the Eagle Challenge tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m. with a match against Ball State.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team (1-5) fell to Montevallo and Lander Friday on the first day of the USC Aiken Invitational at the Convocation Center.
Montevallo 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-19)
The Falcons were led by Kristy Bohan (Huntsville, Ala.) with a match-high 22 kills while Hannah Christie (Sammamish, Wash.) added 35 assists and seven digs in the win. Montevallo held Lenoir-Rhyne to a .000 hitting percentage in sweeping the match.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with seven kills and freshman defensive specialist Anna Smith (Harmony, N.C.) added eight assists and six digs in the loss.
Lander 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 1 (25-23, 25-13, 20-25, 25-23)
The Bearcats, who remained unbeaten on the year, were paced by Khiani Kelly (Tampa, Fla.) and Dale Rogers (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) with 13 kills each in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) finished with 14 kills and 12 digs and Smith added a double-double as well – 19 assists and 17 digs – in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne takes on Mount Olive (Noon) and USC Aiken (4:00 p.m.) on the final day of the invitational Saturday. The Bears will be looking to snap a five-match losing streak.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams both finished first in their annual invitational on Friday night at Southside Park in Newton, N.C.
On the men’s side, the Bears edged Lees-McRae by three points while Lenoir-Rhyne junior Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.) won his second straight meet. Black ran the 8K course in a time of 27:10 while Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Corbin Boyles (Maiden, N.C.) finished in 27:47 and placed third overall.
In the women’s competition, Lenoir-Rhyne also beat Southern Wesleyan by three points and was led by sophomore Audra Yarber (Abingdon, Va.). Yarber won the 5K race with a time of 20:27 while Lenoir-Rhyne junior Blakely Gantt (Advance, N.C.) was runner-up in 21:18.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams will next compete in the Trevecca Nazarene Invitational in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, September 24.
2016 Lenoir-Rhyne Cross Country Invitational
Friday, September 9, 2016
Newton, N.C. – Southside Park
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 26
2. Lees-McRae 29
3. Southern Wesleyan 80
1. Jacob Black 27:10
3. Corbin Boyles 27:47
5. Derek Chavis 28:16
8. Zack Gross 29:52
9. Josh Adkins 30:14
15. Brett Haas 32:29
18. Peyton Jones 33:51
21. Jack Stuart 35:25
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 28
2. Southern Wesleyan 31
3. Lees-McRae 61
1. Audra Yarber 20:27
2. Blakely Gantt 21:18
5. Brooke Zeman 21:57
7. Erin Illich 22:11
13. Jessica Rumple 23:25
19. Sheniya Marshall 26:42
Despite big performances from true freshmen Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and Mikel Coleman (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison), Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its fifth-straight match (25-21, 24-26, 25-27, 25-19, 11-15). It also marked the third five-set loss for the Black and Gold.
The Mountaineers (2-6) were led by Longley who tallied a team-high 25 kills and 18 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. Coleman collected a season-high 16 kills with a .400 hitting percentage.
Freshman Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) also achieved a season-high with 51 assists. Krahl notched her first double-double with 12 digs and also added in three kills.
The Apps took the opening set from the host Eagles (3-5) after taking the lead mid set. Down 12-9, the Mountaineers used four-straight attack errors from Morehead State and a kill from Krahl to take a 15-12 advantage. App State would push its lead to four on two different occasions before finishing off the Eagles 25-21 with a kill from Longley.
In the second set, both teams would face seven tied scores and the Eagles would finish off App State with a kill and a service ace to win 26-24. Much like the second set, there would be 18 tied scores in a close battle for a match advantage.
With Morehead State up 16-14, the Mountaineers used an error and a service ace and kill from Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) to go up 17-16 and force an Eagle timeout. With App State up 20-18, the Eagles rallied and tied the set at 20-20 and would take the lead back at 26-25. An ace would give the Eagles a set victory.
The Apps face a fourth set with their backs against the wall and came out firing. Down 7-6, the Mountaineers went on a 5-1 run and took an 11-8 lead. They would stretch their lead to 18-13 with a sequence that included four-straight kills from Longley and Coleman. Two consecutive kills from Longley would seal the set for App State and tie the match at two games a piece.
With an 0-2 record in fifth sets coming into the match, Appalachian State held a 10-7 lead and seemed poised to come out victorious, however, an 8-1 Eagle run clinched the set and match for Morehead State.
Appalachian will play once more this afternoon against Northern Kentucky with a first serve set for 4:30 p.m.
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn at Crest
Alexander Central vs. Bandys
Bunker Hill vs. West Iredell
Fred T. Foard at West Lincoln
Freedom vs. TC Roberson
Hibirten vs. Ashe County
Hickory vs. Hunter Huss
Maiden at St. Stephens
Newton-Conover vs. Central Virginia Homeschool
Patton at Wilkes Central
West Caldwell at Hickory Hawks (at Lenoir-Rhyne University)
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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
Lake Norman: 0
Southern District 7:
West Lincoln: 1
Bunker Hill: 1
East Lincoln: 0
East Burke: 3
Fred T. Foard: 3
Kings Mountain: 0
Appalachian State University wrestling was ranked tied for 36th in the nation in Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine’s 2016-17 Preseason Tournament Power Index. Four Mountaineer wrestlers were also ranked in the WIN’s top 20 individual rankings for their weight-class.
Junior Mike Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) was ranked 16th in the 141-pound division after finishing 21-11 last season and junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) was ranked 19th in the 165-pound division after finishing 22-13. Junior Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) ranked 13th in the 174-pound division, finishing 29-9 last year while senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) ranked 11th in the heavyweight class after his SoCon Wrestler of the Year effort last season, finishing 32-4.
The Tournament Power Index is based on the schools’ wrestlers who are rated in WIN’s individual rankings, predicting possible All-American candidates in the 2017 NCAA Championships, which will be held March 16-18 in St. Louis.
Appalachian wrestled seven of the top 51 teams in the TPI last season, owning a 6-1 record against them en route to their Southern Conference Championship. The only loss was against this year’s No. 5 Missouri. The Mountaineers will wrestle Missouri, SIUI, Chattanooga, NC State and Duke this year from the rankings.
Appalachian is coming off an incredible year for wrestling. The Mountaineers won the Southern Conference Championship and had Dejournette and head coach JohnMark Bentley win SoCon Wrestler of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively. The team sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Wrestling Championship and 20 to the University Freestyle Nationals Tournament.
The Mountaineers’ USA Today/NWCA Top 25 ranking was the first time, outside of App State football being ranked in the FCS poll, that any of App State sports teams have been ranked in the top-25 of a major national poll since App State baseball was ranked No. 24 in Baseball America’s May 14, 2012 poll.