Alexander Central: 3
Ashe County: 2

Bandys: 3
Bunker Hill: 2

Draughn: 3
South Caldwell: 0

East Burke: 3
West Lincoln: 0

Fred T. Foard: 3
Newton-Conover: 0

Wilkes Central: 3
Hibriten: 0

East Burke: 4
Burns: 0

Fred T. Foard: 5
Crest: 1

Hibriten: 4
South Caldwell: 2

West Caldwell: 10
Patton: 4

The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Greenville Drive 11-2 on the road Monday night.

Hickory dominated the contest from the start, scoring three runs in the first inning, two runs each in the second and sixth innings and four more in the eighth.

In the first inning, Tyreque Reedhit a three run home run, his 14th dinger of the season.

In the second inning, Sam Huff walked to open the inning. Kole Enright reaches on a fielding error putting him on first and Huff to second .With Tyler Ratliff batting, a balk advances bith runners to scoring position. Ratliff would fly out. The next batter, Bubba Thompson had a wild pitch thrown while he was batting. That would score Huff and move Enright to third. Thompson would single, scoring Enright.

Greenville added two runs in the fifth to get within three, but the Crawdads would gain those runs back in the top of the sixth. With one away, Huff drew another walk. A pitching change by the Drive didn't help as the next batter, Enright walked as well. Tyler Ratliff singled on a ground ball to right field, scoring Huff and moving Enright to third. Bubba Thompson then singled on a fly ball to right field, allowing Enright to score.

Hickory put the game well out of reach in the eighth. Huff opened the inning with a double, his 22nd of the season. Enright doubled, scoring Huff. Ratliff then singled on a ground ball to right field as Enright scored. Thompson was issued a walk. Three batters later, Reed singled, scoring Ratliff and Thompson.

Reed went four-for-five with five RBI. The last three batters in the order went a combined four-for-11 with seven runs scored, a pair of doubles, three RBI, and were walked four times.

Tyler Phillips picked up the win to improve to 10-5 on the season. He went seven innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out seven. Samir Vivas pitched the final two innings,  allowing two hits, and striking out five.

Hickory improves to 34-23 on the second half of the season. They wrap up the road series at Greenville on Tuesday, are off Wednesday and host division leading Lakewood on Thursday.

Coming off their 10th straight season of double-digit wins, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team was picked to finish fourth in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the league announced this morning.

 

Carson-Newman, who lost in penalty kicks in the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship, earned 10 first-place votes and are the preseason favorites. Following the Eagles in the poll are Queens and Wingate with the Bears rounding out the top four.

 

Additionally, three players – senior forward Abbie Brown (Leeds, England), junior midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.) and junior defender Christian Shimshock (Asheville, N.C.) – all were selected to the All-SAC Preseason First Team.

 

Brown led the Bears in goals scored (seven), assists (five) and total points (19) while McGarel added three goals, one assist and seven points. McGarel, the 2016 SAC Freshman of the Year, has earned all-league honors in each of her first two seasons.

 

Shimshock started 16 matches and picked up two assists as a defender. With her strong play, the Bears’ goals-against average in 2017 was 0.96 and the team posted seven clean sheets.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season on the road against Lees-McRae on Thursday, August 30. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the home opener is slated for September 1 at 7 p.m. against USC Aiken.

 

2017 South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll

 

Rank School Total
1. Carson-Newman (10) 110
2. Queens 98
3. Wingate (1) 89
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 82
5. Tusculum 73
6. Catawba 58
7. Anderson 53
8. Lincoln Memorial 46
9. Newberry 39
10. Mars Hill 25
11. Coker 21

2018 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Soccer Preseason Teams

 

First Team

F – Holly Talbut-Smith, Carson-Newman

F – Magda Mosengo, Carson-Newman

F – Charlotte Ring, Queens

F – Emma Rose Stockton, Queens

MF – Kimmi Moore, Wingate

MF – Abbie Brown, Lenoir-Rhyne

MF – Courtney Velazquez, Newberry

MF – Abigael McGarel, Lenoir-Rhyne

D – Caileigh Apicella, Wingate

D – Alex Brandan, Carson-Newman

D – Averi Williams, Carson-Newman

D – Christina Shimshock, Lenoir-Rhyne

GK – Jacqueline Burns, Carson-Newman

 

Second Team

F – Lulu Phan, Queens

F – Emilee Futrell, Carson-Newman

F – Jordan Newby, Tusculum

F – Megan Foster, Anderson

MF – Jovana Sanchez, Catawba

MF – Sonja Ballmert, Tusculum

MF – Daphne Heyaime, Newberry

MF – Melanie Maddox, Anderson

D – Kristin Debiase, Wingate

D – Courtney Boyd, Lincoln Memorial

D – Kenzie Ellenburg, Tusculum

D – Nicole McMillen, Tusculum

GK – Samantha Hoffman, Coker

 

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team has been selected to finish second in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the league announced this morning. The Bears are coming off their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance and are looking to improve upon last year’s 10-4-3 mark.

Wingate is the preseason favorite after garnering nine of the 11 first place votes. L-R and Lincoln Memorial each received one first place vote. The Bears were the only team to defeat Wingate in league play in 2017, prevailing 1-0 at Pride Park.

Lenoir-Rhyne also placed four players on the 2018 All-South Atlantic Conference Preseason First Team; senior forward Ignacio de Goya (Madrid, Spain), sophomore midfielder Victor Cascon (Salamanca, Spain), senior midfielder Florian Simon (Oberotterbach, Germany) and senior defender Emil Tansinda (Sale, England).

de Goya was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year after tallying 12 goals and 27 points. The senior was also named First Team All-Region and a CCA Honorable Mention All-American.

Cascon was second on the squad with four goals and 11 points and earned a spot on the Second Team All-Region. Additionally, Simon garnered a spot on the United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-Region after finishing 2017 with three goals.

Tansinda helped the Bears to seven clean sheets as LR allowed just 18 goals in 17 matches.

L-R went 6-2-2 in league play a year ago and finished in a tie for second place.

 

Rank   School                  Total
1.         Wingate (9)           109
2.         Lenoir-Rhyne (1)   97
T-3.      Lincoln Memorial (1) 86
T-3.      Carson-Newman   86
5.         Queens                 70
6.         Anderson              57
7.         Tusculum             55
8.         Newberry             51
9.         Coker                   40
10.        Mars Hill             36
11.        Catawba              21

2018 SAC Men’s Soccer Preseason All-Conference

 

First Team

F – Ignacio de Goya, Lenoir-Rhyne

F – Edmundo Robinson, Queens

F – Elliot Cutts, Wingate

F – Tobias Solem Karlsen, Carson-Newman

MF – Mattia Ditommaso, Wingate

MF – Florian Simon, Lenoir-Rhyne

MF – Cameron Emerson, Anderson

MF – Victor Cascon, Lenoir-Rhyne

D – Emil Tansinda, Lenoir-Rhyne

D – Oscar Mitchell, Mars Hill

D – Michael Hornsby, Queens

D – Samuel Jenkins, Carson-Newman

GK – Pablo Jara, Wingate

 

Second Team

F – Ashley Kelynack, Carson-Newman

F – Edgar Cervantes, Tusculum

F – Aladdin Elfares, Coker

F – Victor Peres, Lincoln Memorial

MF – Felipe de Sousa, Lincoln Memorial

MF – Fabrizio Bucco, Newberry

MF – Cam Macer, Mars Hill

MF – Liam Doyle, Queens

D – Christoph Willemsen, Lincoln Memorial

D – Jonny Le Quesne, Carson-Newman

D – Robbie Jenkinson, Coker

D – Georgios Charkoutsakis, Tusculum

GK – Twan Verweij, Carson-Newman

 

The Hickory Crawdads rebounded for a 4-0 win Sunday on the road at Greenville. Hickory scored two runs in the first inning and the pitching staff limited the Drive to only four hits.

Hickory started the scoring in the first inning when Bubba Thompson led off the game with a single. He would then still second base and Yonny Hernandez hit a ground rule double, bringing Thompson home. Hernandez would later score after a third strike was dropped and had to be thrown to first for the out, as Hernandez scampered home.

Tyreque Reed doubled to open the fourth inning on a line drive. Two batters later, Reed scored when Preston Scott singled.

Noah Bremer pitched four innings (60 pitches) allowing three hits. Alex Eubanks got the win with 3.1 innings pitched (51 pitches), allowing only one hit and four strikeouts. Demarcus Evans pitched the final 1.2 innings to record his ninth save of the season.

Hickory is 33-23 on the second half of the season. Hickory stays in Greenville through Tuesday. Hickory is off on Wednesday and will be back home on Thursday hosting Lakewood.

Appalachian State University women's soccer (1-1) showed resiliency and grit in a 3-0 triumph over Campbell (1-1) on Sunday afternoon at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex in the home opener.

App State bounced back in a big way after a loss on Friday night to High Point, registering its first shutout in a home opening match since 2009 (UNC Asheville; 1-0). It's the most games scored at home since last season's 3-2 win over Davidson and the first win versus Campbell since 2009.

"I thought our group showed up to play," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "What we saw on Friday night wasn't typical of our program, but today we had it together and recommitted to what we stand for. We scored some great goals, created a lot of opportunities and had much better possession. We were able to go deeper into roster, which is huge. A lot of girls showed up and a lot of girls made an impact, and that is the most exciting part of what we did today."

Several Mountaineers played a pivotal role in the victory including Kait Seitter (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Borough) and Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert). The two teammates each posted a goal and an assist while their assists were to each other in the first and second half. For Seitter, it was her first-ever minutes of action in a Black and Gold uniform after redshirting last season and not playing on Friday night. The performance today for the Point Pleasant, N.J., native was as big as it gets in a debut.

From start to finish, the Black and Gold was on the attack and on target as eight of its nine shots were on goal en route to a 9-7 edge in shot attempts. The defense showcased a stellar outing as well, blanking the Camels after they scored four in their season opener on Friday. Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) and Lauren Burke (Mableton, Ga./Whitefield Academy) each played 45 minutes between the posts to contribute to the shutout. Burke and Ray came up with two and one saves, respectively.

Starting the surge for App was Jamie Palermo (Chapel Hill, N.C./Northwood), who scored her first-career goal early in the opening period after fighting over a defender to get a touch on the ball for the shot in the back of the. Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./ DH Conley) gave her teammate a perfect cross from outside the box before the score that gave App a 1-0 lead. Just 14 minutes later, Seitter went up the sidelines before finding Hanusek right outside the box and firing the shot in the upper left corner of the frame.

The defense held Campbell in check the rest of the half despite two attempts from the visitors that were on target, leading to a 2-0 halftime lead for the Black and Gold.

Appalachian held onto the 2-0 edge until 79' when Hanusek fed Seitter on the edge of the box before a beautiful shot sailed over the goalkeeper into the left side of the goal. The Mountaineers cruised the rest of the way for the victory, giving the visitors their worse loss away from home since 2016 in a 4-0 setback to Liberty in the Big South Tournament.

The Mountaineers will look to continue the moment next weekend when they face Maryland on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. before ending the weekend at Old Dominion on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m.

Appalachian State University men's soccer bounced back with an improved performance on Saturday evening against Campbell at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

The Mountaineers and Camels ended in a 1-1 tie before playing an extra 30 minutes in which App held a 1-0 advantage over the visitors.

"I was really pleased with the complete team effort tonight," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "We certainly got better from our last game, which is the goal to get better every day, week and month. Campbell is a well-coached, talented team, and our guys will grow from this experience tonight. We now turn our attention to Jacksonville and opening night."

Appalachian's freshmen all had a hand in both scores, as Dimitris Moraitakis (Athens, Greece/AEK Football Club) found a sprinting Charlie Baird (Nottinghamshire, England/Outwood Academy) who found a wide-open net inside the box for the score. Aldo Tarantini (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) scored his goal in the extra session inside the box. App held an 8-6 advantage in shots with three of those shots on goal. Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga) played all 90 minutes for the Black and Gold between the posts.

App will open the regular season on the road with a pair of matches in Florida, beginning with Jacksonville on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. before ending the weekend on Sunday, Aug. 26 against North Florida at 7 p.m

Saturday, the Hickory Crawdads fell to the Greenville Drive on the road, 7-1. Greenville scored four runs in the third, a run in teh fourth and two runs in the fifth to blow out the Crawdads.

Hickory's only run of the contest came in the form of a solo home run by Tyreque Reed in the top of the second. The dinger was his 13th of the season. Reed was two-of-four at the plate. Prest Scott also was two-for-four batting.

Called up from Spokane, Hunter Crouse took the loss for Hickory. The 6'5" right hander pitched 2.2 innings, allowing six hits with four runs allowed, only one earned. He struck out four and walked three.

The Crawdads fall to 32-23 on the second half of the season. Hickory stays in Greenville through Tuesday. Hickory is off on Wednesday and will be back home on Thursday hosting Lakewood.

 

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 40
Burns: 7

Bandys: 42
St. Stephens: 28

East Burke: 42
West Caldwell: 0

Hibriten: 41
Robinson: 7

Hunter Huss: 49
Patton: 0

Maiden: 21
Fred T. Foard: 6

Newton-Conover: 56
Bunker Hill: 0

Statesville: 30
Hickory: 15

West Lincoln: 53
Draughn: 0

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