Senior forward Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) scored the second-half equalizer to give Appalachian State University men’s soccer the draw with the fifth-ranked Charlotte, 1-1, on Tuesday evening at Transamerica Field.
“Great team effort tonight,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “The guys showed a toughness and grit that we will need to continue to play with now that it is November. Charlotte has a very good team and I can see why they are as high as No. 5 in the country in some polls. We were pushed tonight, we bent several times, but we didn’t break. To battle back after going down a goal and push it to overtime and have a great look by Chapman to win it, I am very proud of the entire team.”
O’Keefe continued, “We will recover and get back to work tomorrow as we have a big game this Saturday at Georgia Souther to close out the regular season. As good as a result tonight was, we don’t want that to be the highlight of our season.”
The Mountaineers (5-7-4) fought tooth and nail to contend with the 49ers (11-2-2), who found themselves ranked fifth in the country this week in the NSCAA poll.
Appalachian opened the first half with intensity and physicality to put Charlotte on the heels a bit, getting multiple chances early. Unfortunately, it would be the 49ers who struck first, scoring in the ninth minute to go up 1-0 when Daniel Bruce redirected a blast from Sean Bowman.
Charlotte had a few more chances in the first half, but the Black and Gold were able to thwart any effort, making it into the halftime only down the one goal.
The Mountaineers brought the same energy into the second half and found even more shots to start things off. After a series of opportunities in the box, Chapman blasted an unassisted goal from 25-yards out to tie the game in the 61st minute and force overtime – his eighth of the season.
Once into overtime, neither team conceded an edge with an upset on the line. Charlotte finally broke through and had a chance at the goal but right before the ball crossed the line, the Mountaineers cleared it from danger. Chapman again almost had the chance to get the ball into the back of the net late, but missed by inches to keep the game tied.
Leading the App State charge offensive was Chapman who had two shots, one on goal. Behind him was sophomore Raheem Somersall (Basseterre, St. Kitts/Southern School of Energy and Sustainability), sophomore Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) and junior Cooper Coughlin (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert) who each had a shot on goal, while seniors Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) and Ben Steen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and sophomore Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) all recorded one shot.
Playing the entire 110 for the Mountaineers in the net was Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./IMG Academy). The freshman had two saves on the day while facing 22 shots, while App had one team defensive save.
The Mountaineers will look to close out the 2016 regular season on Saturday, Nov. 5 when they take on longtime conference rival Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (13-3-2) advanced in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championship with a 4-1 win over Newberry (7-11-1) Tuesday night in the quarterfinals at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior defender Jessica Feronti (Melbourne, Fla.) scored twice as the Bears moved on to face fifth-seeded Wingate (11-5-1) in the conference tournament semifinals on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m., at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C. Wingate upended fourth-seeded Queens by a 1-0 score in its SAC Championship Quarterfinal Round on the road tonight.
Feronti opened the scoring at the 28:32 mark of the first half after finishing off a free kick before Newberry’s Erika Linch (Yuba City, Calif.) tied the contest in the 38th minute.
Lenoir-Rhyne broke the contest open with three goals in the second half including the match-winner on an own goal just seven minutes after intermission when a Newberry defender accidently headed the ball into the net.
Feronti blasted a shot from about 30 yards out in the 68th minute for a 3-1 advantage before freshman forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) rounded out the scoring at the 78:56 mark of the match.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which held an 18-11 advantage in shots taken, defeated Newberry for the second time in four days. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) allowed just one goal to go along with five saves while Newberry’s KodiJean Johnson (Greer, S.C.) suffered the loss in goal.
The Bears, ranked sixth in this week’s NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll, increase their winning streak to six matches.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (7-17, 5-12) suffered a 3-2 setback to Catawba (13-10, 11-7) Tuesday evening at Goodman Gymnasium.
The Indians defeated the Bears by scores of 18-25, 25-14, 23-25, 25-22 and 15-8 to sweep the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne.
Catawba has won four straight matches while the Bears suffered their fourth consecutive setback. Catawba rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take sets four and five for the victory.
Catawba was led by three players with 13 kills each – Bri Howard (Graham, N.C.), Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C.) and McKenzie Garrison (Newton, N.C.) – while Rachel Stanford (Mechanicsville, Va.) totaled 53 assists and 13 digs in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) and junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) both finished with 17 kills and junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) added 21 digs in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to the court on Friday to face Coker in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.
The Coker Men’s Soccer Team (7-7-2) advanced on penalty kicks, 7-6, over Lenoir-Rhyne (11-4-3) Tuesday in the opening round of the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championships at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The match officially ended in a 1-1 tie.
The sixth-seeded Cobras move on to face second-seeded Tusculum (14-3) in the semifinals on Friday night at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C. The Pioneers defeated Mars Hill, 3-2, at home tonight in the opening round.
Coker opened the scoring at the 12:53 mark of the first half when Aladdin Elfares (Hallsberg, SWEDEN) headed the ball in off a bounce right in front of the net.
Lenoir-Rhyne tied the score at one in the 24th minute when senior midfielder Mitch Botfield (Walsall, ENGLAND) put a ball right between the goalkeeper’s legs off a pass from freshman forward Devi Ndrita (Wesley Chapel, Fla.), who was credited with the assist.
The match remained 1-1 after 110 minutes of action before the Cobras advanced to the semifinals on penalty kicks. Both goalkeepers – Coker’s Justin Walker (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.) and junior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) – allowed just one goal to go along with seven saves. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 23-14 advantage in shots taken.
Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked fifth in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Poll, will wait and see if they advance to the national postseason tournament which will be announced within the next several days.
Blue Devils advance to the third round hosting Lake Norman Charter next Tuesday.
Red Tornadoes season ends at 10-5.
Lake Norman Charter: 0
The Blue Devils swept Lake Norman Charter by scores of 25-11, 25-16, 25-17 to romp into the 2A state final four. All four number one seeds in the 2A class advanced to the final four, and Maiden will take on undefeated Wheatmore Thursday for the right to go the state championship game on Saturday.
While the Blue Devils swept all four opponents in the playoffs, Wheatmore went four sets with North Surry on Wednesday evening, winning the first set 25-11 but falling in the second 25-12. The third and fourth sets were close with Wheatmore prevailing each set at 25-19 and 25-20.
These same two teams met what will be exactly one year ago on Thursday at Maiden, with Wheatmore winning 3-0 by scores of 25-12, 25-19, 25-20.
Match time is set for 7pm on Thursday at Maiden.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball opened the 2016 season with a resounding 90-66 win over Limestone. The Red Hawks held a 41-34 lead at the half, but outscored Limestone 49-31 in the second half to pull away.
Matthew Powell had a double-double to lead the Red Hawks with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Steve Ruszala had 14 points and Ty Ireland added 12.
CVCC is 1-0 to begin the season. The Red Hawks host Caldwell Community College, Wednesday November 9th.
After leading the conference in shots, points, goals and game-winning goals all season, senior Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) was named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year and first team all-conference, the league announced on Tuesday.
“I’m very proud of Jane for not only her soccer accomplishments but also for whom she is as a person,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “She has worked hard to prepare herself for life off the field.”
The forward finished the regular season with 11 goals, two assists, 24 points, 84 shots (49 on goal) and five game-winning goals while logging 1,419 minutes.
Cline’s best two stretches came from Sept. 2 to Sept. 9 where she scored five goals and two game-winners to push the Mountaineers past ACC foe Maryland and Gardner-Webb in a double-overtime thriller.
She then led the Black and Gold to three straight victories to finish the regular season, scoring four goals (two game-winners) to secure Appalachian State’s berth in the Sun Belt Championship tournament. In their four wins in last five games total, Cline has scored five goals to finish the regular season strong.
She perhaps saved her best regular season performance for a wild Senior Day contest against first-ranked Sun Belt opponent South Alabama. Cline came through in pivotal moments, equalizing the game 1-1 after the Mountaineers allowed an early goal, and securing the 4-3 win with 15 seconds left in the second overtime on a breakaway pass from senior partner Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth).
Cline’s regular season put her tied for first all-time in Appalachian’s history for single season goals, while she also set a new program high for shots in a season (84). She’s now second in program history for points in a season as well.
No. 4 Appalachian State women’s soccer will carry the league’s longest active win streak into the first round of the 2016 Sun Belt Championship tournament with a matchup against fifth-seeded UL Lafayette. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT and all Sun Belt tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN3 and available on the WatchESPN app.
In the final rankings before NCAA regional competitions, Appalachian State University men’s cross country grab the 14th spot on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Regional list after dropping out of the standings in week five’s rankings.
For the sixth time, App State stands as the only institution representing the Sun Belt Conference on the Southeast Regional list. Three ACC squads hold the top-three rankings for week six. Virginia snags the No. 1 spot, followed by NC State in second and Virgina Tech in third.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, the men finished fourth with 97 team points at the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships in Dothan, Ala. Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) was the fastest Mountaineer of the afternoon sprinting past the tape in 25:17.20 to place 11th. Seconds later, Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day) met the 8k finish line in 25:35. 60 to take 14th. Both Ellis and Anderson earned Third-team all-conference honors due to finishing in the top 15. Rounding out Apps’ top six were Jacob Sears (Raleigh, N.C./Panther Creek) in 16th (25:49.30), Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) in 20th (25:57.40), Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in 36th (26:44.40) and Ryan Shannon (Maiden, N.C./North Lincoln) in 42nd (27:08.90).
Appalachian will hit the course on Saturday, Nov. 5 for the 3 Stripes Invitational in Cary, N.C. The men’s 5k race starts at 11 a.m.
Appalachian State University men’s and women’s basketball announced tipoff times for its regular-season home Sun Belt Conference games in 2016-17 on Monday.
Unlike the previous two seasons, changes have been made by the league for conference games for the upcoming season. The women will play on Thursday and Saturday, while the men will play on Saturday and Monday.
The women will tipoff at 7 p.m. on Thursday’s, while the men will also tip at 7 p.m. on Monday’s. Saturday league games will be played as a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. (women)/3:30 p.m. (men). There will be five conference doubleheaders this season.
In previously announced non-conference action, Appalachian State’s men host Warren Wilson College (Nov. 17 - 7 p.m.), Western Carolina (Dec. 3 - 3:30 p.m.), Montreat College (Dec. 11 - 2 p.m.), James Madison (Dec. 17 - 1 p.m.) and Hampton (Dec. 21 - 7 p.m.).
The Mountaineer women host College of Charleston (Nov. 27 - 2 p.m.), North Carolina A&T (Nov. 30 - noon), Radford (Dec. 4 - 2 p.m.) and UNC Asheville (Dec. 21 - 1 p.m.)
Season tickets for Appalachian State basketball can be purchased now by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 828-262-2079 or by ordering online by visiting, appstatesports.com/tickets.
For the most up-to-date game times, please check the men’s schedule and women’s schedule pages by visiting appstatesports.com. All game times are subject to change due to the potential for yet-to-be-determined television arrangements.
The men’s basketball contest at Tennessee on Tuesday, Nov. 15 will be aired on the SEC Network at 7 p.m., while their game at NC State is slated for a 7 p.m. tip on ESPNU.
The Mountaineers will open the season at Davidson on Saturday, Nov. 12 with an 8 p.m. tip on Time Warner Cable Sports and will appear on the Raycom Sports Network. In conference play, App State at Little Rock on Feb. 6 has been set for 9 p.m. ET on the American Sports Network.
No other television arrangements for the men or the women have been finalized.
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.