The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (7-3-2, 4-2-1) saw its four-match winning streak come to an end with a 1-0 shutout loss to Anderson (7-4, 4-3) Saturday afternoon at the Upward Star Center Complex.
The Trojans scored the lone goal of the match when Michaela Johnson (Columbia, S.C.) headed the ball in from two yards out off a cross from Lyssa Engle (Fairborn, Ohio) at the 68:53 mark of the second half. The goal was Johnson’s first of the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 15-11 edge in shots taken despite the loss. The match was played at a neutral site.
Anderson’s Abby Helm (Dayton, Ohio) earned the shutout victory in goal after making two saves while Lenoir-Rhyne senior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) suffered the loss despite allowing just one score while making four stops.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Banner Elk, N.C., to take on Lees-McRae on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (6-12, 4-7) pulled out a 3-2 South Atlantic Conference win over Carson-Newman (2-13, 2-9) Saturday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bears defeated the Eagles by scores of 25-18, 25-17, 19-25, 20-25 and 15-13. This was a rematch of last year’s regional championship in Aiken, S.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) finished with a team-high 17 kills while sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) added a double-double – 50 assists and 15 digs – in the victory.
For Carson-Newman, Abbie McFarlane (McKinney, Texas) led the way with a match-high 22 kills and Anna Patton (Franklin, Tenn.) totaled 49 assists and seven digs in the losing effort.
The Eagles were hurt by 13 service errors in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) added 12 kills and junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) finished with 25 digs in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Charlotte, N.C., to take on Queens in a South Atlantic Conference match on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.
The UNC Pembroke Football Team (5-1), ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, used a strong second half to down Lenoir-Rhyne (2-4), 36-20, Saturday afternoon to spoil the Bears’ Homecoming at Moretz Stadium.
The Braves’ Rontonio Stanley (Nakina, N.C.) rushed for 192 yards on just 12 carries and scored three second-half touchdowns in the victory. Stanley scored on runs of 79, 45 and 50 yards, respectively, as UNC Pembroke took control in the third quarter.
The Braves held a slim 10-7 lead at halftime but scored the first 16 points of the third quarter spearheaded by a pair of touchdown runs by Stanley. UNC Pembroke’s quarterback, Patrick O’Brien (Mooresville, N.C.), passed for 217 yards and a score as the Braves rolled up 434 yards of total offense in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.) passed for 282 yards and two touchdowns despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) – who totaled 99 yards rushing on 33 carries – scored from two yards out with 3:49 left to cut the margin to 29-20 but Stanley iced the game with his third touchdown run on the ensuing drive.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman wide receiver Jaquay Mitchell (Bailey, N.C.) and senior wide receiver Patrick Rendleman (Lincolnton, N.C.) both caught touchdown passes while senior defensive back Rodney Singleton (Hawthorne, Fla.) added a game-high 12 tackles and a forced fumble despite the loss. Lenoir-Rhyne also lost despite holding a decisive 39:34-20:26 edge in time of possession.
Lenoir-Rhyne steps back into South Atlantic Conference play next Saturday at 1:30 p.m., to take on Wingate on the road.
Appalachian State University men’s and women’s soccer joined 893 soccer teams (314 men, 579 women) nationwide in earning the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2015-16 College Team Academic Award for team grade-point average, the association recently announced.
To qualify for the NSCAA award, teams must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined for the award by adding every student-athlete’s GPA and then dividing by the total number of student-athletes.
Men’s soccer finished the year with a 3.07 GPA while women’s soccer finished with a 3.5 GPA. Men’s soccer was one of only three schools from the Sun Belt Conference to receive the honor, while women’s soccer was one of eight teams and had the second highest GPA for the year in the conference.
Appalachian State was one of only 223 institutions in the country and one of only two schools in the Sun Belt to receive the honor for both men's and women’s teams.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams competed Friday afternoon in the Royals Challenge, hosted by Queens University, at McAlpine Creek Park.
On the men’s side, the Bears finished 18th overall and were led by junior Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.). Black ran a 25:21 on the 8K course and finished 20th out of 364 runners.
Lee (Tenn.) was the top men’s team in the race while James Quattlebaum (23:53) was the top individual.
In the women’s competition, the Bears were 21st while sophomore Audra Yarber (Abingdon, Va.) was the top Lenoir-Rhyne runner. Yarber ran the 5K course in 19:01 and finished 60th.
Emily Kearney of SCAD Atlanta won the women’s race with a 17:32 while Davidson was the top women’s team overall.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams next compete in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championships on Saturday, October 22, in Columbia, S.C., at Clemson University’s Sandhill and Research Center.
2016 Royals Cross Country Challenge
Friday, October 7, 2016
Charlotte, N.C. – McAlpine Creek Park
20. Jacob Black 25:21
40. Corbin Boyles 25:44
171. Josh Adkins 27:29
176. Zack Gross 27:33
206. Derek Chavis 28:00
257. Jack Stuart 28:48
280. Brett Haas 29:22
60. Audra Yarber 19:01
135. Blakely Gantt 20:06
182. Erin Illich 20:54
188. Jessica Rumple 20:57
215. Brooke Zeman 21:26
300. Hayley Fowler 23:35
Appalachian State University field hockey stumbled to the Lock Haven Bald Eagles 3-0 Friday night at the Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field under a constant rainfall.
Both teams were slipping and sliding all around the pitch, but the pouring rain did not stop the hockey squads from playing a competitive match.
The majority of the first period was played at midfield with little attacks at the net. Lock Haven (7-4, 3-2 A-10) only delivered eight shots, and the Mountaineers (1-10) were right behind them administering seven towards the goal. Despite the lack of offensive plays, the Bald Eagles were able to connect two of their five shots on target to take the 2-0 lead at the half.
In the 9th minute, Alysica Smith barreled down the field and slammed in an unassisted shot into the goal to give LHU the one goal advantage. After 18 minutes of flip-flopping possessions, Tamia Roach discovered an opening off of LHU’s sole corner of the half to snatch the two-goal cushion.
Less than ten minutes into the second, Roach linked up with Stephanie Whiteman and Colleen McCabe to score her second goal of the match by cracking the ball into the left cage.
Yearning for a goal, App State continued to strike up plays off of their two corners dishing out four shots, but the Mountaineers fell short, and Lock Haven stole the match 3-0.
Although App State edged Lock Haven in corners (6-5), the Bald Eagles attacked the goal line seven more times (18-11) with 11 shots on goal.
Junior Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) was at the forefront of Appalachian’s offense recording five shots with four smacked towards goal. Right behind her was Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear Academy) who whaled three shots with one on goal.
Goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) dove onto the turf for every ball and seized eight saves in 70:00 minutes.
The Black and Gold will hit the pitch on Sunday, Oct. 9 at noon right back in Boone to face off against St. Francis. Before Sunday’s match, App State will honor seniors Micaela Diedericks (Cape Town, South Africa/Wynberg Girls) and Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (5-12, 3-7) suffered a 3-1 setback to Lincoln Memorial (12-2, 9-1) Friday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Lady Railsplitters defeated the Bears by scores of 25-22, 25-14, 23-25 and 25-22 and remained in sole possession of second place in the league standings.
Lincoln Memorial, which won its fourth consecutive match, was led by Samantha Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) with 16 kills while Abby Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) tallied a double-double – 48 assists and 14 digs – in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman middle blocker Jaclyn Denny (North Wilkesboro, N.C.) and freshman outside hitter Katrina Samuels (Blythewood, S.C.) led the way offensively with 12 kills each and sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) totaled 40 assists in the losing effort.
The Lady Railsplitters’ Liz Brock (Lima, Ohio) and Danielle Ged (Smyrna, Tenn.) finished with 12 kills each in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Carson-Newman on Saturday at 6:00 p.m., in a league contest.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 48
North Lincoln: 7
Fred T. Foard: 7
South Caldwell: 28 (Thursday)
St. Stephens: 31
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 20
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 49
Bunker Hill: 14 (Thursday)
West Caldwell: 35
Maiden: 12 (Thursday)
West Lincoln: 24
Junior goalkeeper Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) made a career-high nine saves on Friday afternoon, but unfortunately, Appalachian State University women’s soccer wasn’t able to hang onto the lead, falling 3-2 to Little Rock at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
“I’m proud of the girls for finishing two great opportunities and for Sam to have made so many saves,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “We had some great moments as a team and then identified things we need to correct next week. We will get back after it and prepare for Georgia Southern next Sunday.”
Despite the muggy, constant rain, the Mountaineers (6-7-2, 1-4-2 Sun Belt) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over the Trojans (8-6, 3-3 Sun Belt), but would overall be outshot on the day 28-13, a rarity for Appalachian. It’s only the fifth time all season and first in four games that App State has been outshot.
Appalachian came out of the gates ramming the ball toward the opposing goal, firing a bunch of shots early and forcing the issue on Little Rock’s backline. The Mountaineers first goal came in the 14th minute when redshirt sophomore Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) broke away from the pack to go one on two with Little Rock. The Trojans’ goalkeeper dove in front of Settle but the ball ricocheted off the defender away from the goal, giving Settle an empty net to fire upon.
The Black and Gold’s second goal came in the 30th minute when junior Kelly Flanders (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) fired in her first career goal on a wicked curve out of her corner kick.
Little Rock would score one goal in the first half to close the gap in th 41st minute when Doro Greulich fired in one into the top left after making a nice move over the middle. The Trojans would find the back of the net two more times to win, having the equalizer come in the 66th minute as Shannon Shields found Arola Aparicio Gili on a breakaway and the game-winner in the 109th minute when Quin Wilkes found Shannon Shields on another flicker pass ahead of the pack, just edging it in.
Leading the App State shot effort in her first start as a Mountaineer was redshirt junior Sharon Osterbind (Jacksonville, Ala./Jacksonville (UAB)). She finished with three shots total and two on goal. Behind her was Settle (two total, two on goal) and senior Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), Flanders and Sarah Peatross (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) (two total, one on goal).
Rounding out the attack was Morgan Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) who each had one shot apiece.
Steyl played the entire 109 minutes in the game between the frames, making the nine saves, facing 28 shots and allowing just the three goals.
The Mountaineers will have just over a week off before preparing for the final stretch of the regular season. Their next game is on Sunday, Oct. 16 at Georgia Southern with a kickoff time slated for 1 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s and Men’s Soccer Teams’ road South Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Anderson on Saturday has changed venues. The doubleheader will now take place at the Upward Star Center. The women’s match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., followed by the men’s match at 5:00 p.m.
With the threat of bad weather due to Hurricane Matthew on Friday, several high school football games have been moved to Thursday evening:
Hickory at South Caldwell (listen on 1290 WHKY and whky.com at 7pm)
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill vs. East Lincoln
Maiden vs. West Caldwell
All other games are still scheduled for Friday:
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central at North Lincoln
Fred T. Foard vs. Hibriten
Freedom vs. Watauga
Patton at St. Stephens
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn vs. East Burke
Southern District 7:
Bandys vs. Lincolnton
Newton-Conover at West Lincoln
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Fred T. Foard: 3
St. Stephens: 0
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
South Caldwell: 1
Fred T. Foard: 0
St. Stephens: 1
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 0
East Rutherford: 1
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
East Lincoln: 0
West Lincoln: 1
West Caldwell: 5
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (7-3-1, 4-2) continued its mid-season surge with a 3-0 shutout victory over Mars Hill (4-6, 2-4) at Mears Stadium Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) scored all three goals to lead the Bears to the win. Noumansana, the current conference player of the week, now has a league-leading 12 goals on the season.
Noumansana opened the scoring in the 39th minute and gave the Bears a 1-0 lead at intermission.
Noumansana put the contest away early in the second half with goals at the 55:47 and 64:31 marks of the match, respectively. Senior forward Mitch Botfield (Walsall, ENGLAND) and junior defender Kevin Nadeau (Morganton, N.C.) assisted on Noumansana’s second goal of the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 17-8 advantage in shots taken and moved into a third-place tie in the South At Atlantic Conference standings with Catawba.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) made two saves in goal for his fifth shutout win on the year while Mars Hill’s Kristopher Wennin (Miami, Fla.) suffered the loss despite making seven saves on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne faces Anderson in a conference match on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., in Anderson, S.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (1-0) continued its strong start to the 2016 fall season with an 8-1 win over Catawba (1-2) in a non-conference regional match Wednesday afternoon at the Johnson Tennis Center.
The win for the Bears was also the first under new mentor Tom Rees.
Five players – sophomores Alex Crespo Sanchez (Valencia, SPAIN), Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA) and Shane O’Dea (Dublin, IRELAND), junior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC) and freshman Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) – all won at single and doubles for the Bears on the day.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Lees-McRae on Friday afternoon at Hickory High School at 1:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Catawba 1
October 5, 2016
(Johnson Tennis Center)
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Michael Patch (CAT), 2-6, 6-1, 10-6
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Lucas Miller (CAT), 6-2, 4-6, 10-2
3. Luca Picci (CAT) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 7-6, 6-4
4. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Ryen Reid (CAT), 7-6, 6-1
5. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) def. Adam Rocko (CAT), 6-4, 6-0
6. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Brad Smethurst (CAT), 6-1, 6-0
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Michael Patch/Ryen Reid (CAT), 8-6
2. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Lucas Miller/Luca Picci (CAT), 8-4
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Adam Rocko/Brad Smethurst (CAT), 8-4
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (1-0), Catawba (1-2)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team (1-1) suffered a 6-3 setback to Catawba (3-0) Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference regional match at the Johnson Tennis Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite the play of sophomore Emily Murchland (Mount Victoria, NEW ZEALAND), who won at third singles and second doubles.
Murchland teamed with sophomore Taylor Fredrickson (Valdese, N.C.) to defeat Catawba’s Kristen Rocko (Johns Creek, Ga.) and Olivia Wooldridge (Wellington, NEW ZEALAND) by an 8-5 score at No. 2 doubles.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Lees-McRae Friday at 1:00 p.m., at Hickory High School.
NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Catawba 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
October 5, 2016
(Johnson Tennis Center)
1. Erisa Onchi (CAT) def. Julia Ponomareva (LR), 6-4, 6-4
2. Sophie Hirsch (CAT) def. Sara Kalkenova (LR), 6-3, 0-6, 10-7
3. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Kristen Rocko (CAT), 6-3, 6-3
4. Olivia Wooldridge (CAT) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-1, 6-1
5. Maddy Henderson (CAT) def. Taylor Fredrickson (LR), 7-6, 6-0
6. Marina Geremias (CAT) def. Abbi Wood (LR), 6-3, 6-2
1. Erisa Onchi/Sophie Hirsch (CAT) def. Julia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 8-6
2. Emily Murchland/Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Kristen Rocko/Olivia Wooldridge (CAT), 8-5
3. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo/Abbi Wood (LR) def. Emily Corcoran/Kirstin Saltus (CAT), 8-5
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (1-1), Catawba (3-0)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (7-2-2, 4-1-1) made it four straight victories with a 3-1 win over Mars Hill (3-6-1, 2-4) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Meares Stadium.
With the match tied at one, the Bears scored two goals in the final five minutes courtesy of junior forward Sarah Pullman (San Diego, Calif.) and freshman midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.) at the 85:43 and 88:37 marks, respectively.
Pullman’s goal, assisted by senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.), proved to be the match-winner for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior defender Jessica Feronti (Melbourne, Fla.) opened the scoring just 9:48 into the match unassisted from about 30 yards out.
Mars Hill’s Abby Mills (Ross, Ohio) scored the lone goal of the match for the Lions in the 71st minute before Lenoir-Rhyne took over the final minutes of the contest.
In goal, senior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the win for the Bears while the Lions’ goalkeeper, Maslyn Greene (Dallas, Ga.), suffered the loss despite making 12 saves. In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne held a 25-5 advantage in shots taken in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday in Anderson, S.C., beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Due to adverse weather forecasts from Hurricane Matthew barreling down on the East Coast, Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer will play its weekend series against UL Monroe and Little Rock in Boone, Appalachian State University athletics announced on Wednesday.
With the additional games being played at the Appalachian Soccer Stadium at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex, a change in the weekend schedule has been made:
Friday, Oct. 7
1 p.m. – Coastal Carolina vs. UL Monroe
3:30 p.m. – Appalachian State vs. Little Rock
Sunday, Oct. 9
12 p.m. – Coastal Carolina vs. Little Rock
Non-residential students at Coastal Carolina were called to leave campus as on Wednesday after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for evacuation of the coast and declared a state of emergency.
“Obviously, when Coastal Carolina reached out about the evacuation and what the possibility of moving their games here was, we said, ‘Absolutely, let’s figure out how we can make this happen,’” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “The Sun Belt’s motto is Together We Rise and when your conference partner in the Carolinas is in trouble, you’ve got to help them out and we’re happy that we can accommodate the games. What we really hope is that everyone gets through this time safely and that the devastation from the storm is minimal as our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected.”
Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the South Carolina coast on Friday with winds exceeding 100 mph possible and storm surges of 5 to 7 feet. The storm is expected to reach the North Carolina coast on Friday as well, but as a decreased Category 2 storm with officials on the coast prepping for 4-8 inches of rain and winds up to 73 mph.
Weekend forecasts in Boone are cloudy on Friday and Saturday with highs of 64 and 66 degrees, while Sunday is a high of 62 with sunshine expected.
Appalachian State University men’s and women’s tennis announced the addition of Craig Schwartz to the staff, as announced by men’s head coach Bob Lake and women’s head coach Blake Mosley on Wednesday.
Schwartz will be brought on as an assistant in his first season at App State and will bring a slew of experience from previous coaching stops, including his most recent as the head men’s tennis coach at Bucknell.
“Coach Schwartz brings a great pedigree of tennis experience that will help us win right away,” said coach Mosley. “He knows how to develop tennis athletes and brings out their full potential. We’re excited to have him here in Boone.”
“This is a great addition for us” stated coach Lake. “He’s been a Division I head coach at Bucknell and turned that program around. So he’s bringing experience that will certainly help us win here and contend in the conference.
The first-year assistant will help with the development, technique and skill of the student-athletes for both teams, looking to help the men’s and women’s teams become contenders in the Sun Belt.
“I am honored to be afforded the opportunity given by Coach Lake and Coach Mosley to work with both tennis programs at Appalachian State,” mentioned Schwartz. “ My job is to do whatever is needed to help us pursue our ultimate goal of winning a Sun Belt Championship. I am excited to get to work and assist in any way I can to better our student-athletes both on and off the court.”
In his three years with the Bison, Schwartz turned the Bison from a three-win squad to a 14-win team that reached the Patriot League semifinals.
At the helm, Schwartz guided BU’s Nick Bybel to Patriot League Player of the Year honors, who also won Doubles Team of the Year with teammate Bryan Adams.
Before heading into the Division I ranks, Schwartz spent five years as the tennis coach and coordinator at Queens College in Flushing, New York. He led the Knights to an 88-28 mark while earning NCAA Tournament berths all five seasons, advancing to the Round of 16 in four straight campaigns.
Schwartz was named the ITA East Region Coach of the Year in 2009 and the ECC Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. He coached two ITA All-Americans, three ECC Players of the Year and 23 ECC All-Conference selections during his five years with the program.
Schwartz began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, embracing two stints as the head coach at Dowling College during which time he compiled a 26-18 record. He guided the team to a NCAA Tournament berth and NYCAC championship during the 2003-04 season, earning NYCAC Coach of the Year honors. He then returned to the program from 2005-07, leading the Golden Lions to two more NCAA Tournament appearances.
Freshman goalkeeper Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./Farmington) made three saves to get his first career shutout and remain unbeaten in his four matches between the frames for Appalachian State University men’s soccer as it drawed Presbyterian College 0-0 in double overtime on Tuesday night at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
Presbyterian had their best look at a goal late in the first overtime off a header, but Agnew was to jump in front of it quickly, keeping Appalachian’s hopes alive after 95-plus minutes of action, getting the team's first shutout of the year and keeping the Blue Hose without a single goal in the two team’s three all-time contests.
“We watched a few games and saw a few opportunities but I don’t think we executed well – we had 10 corners but not a single shot on goal off of one, I don’t think, so that was pretty disappointing,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “I would expect to outshoot most teams at home. It’s our field, we should be aggressive. We started a little slow and Presbyterian didn’t have to do as much work in the first 30 minutes as I would have liked, so because of that, they were able to defend and stay compact and they did a great job of being well-organized.”
O’Keefe continued, “However, getting the shutout is a great positive from today. Defending as a unit, all 11 guys on the field, pressing a little better and getting at teams are all things we will continue to work at, but definitely, we’ll build on the shutout and we’ll build on an unbeaten streak in four games. Being 3-1-2 in our last six is a great thing to build on going into conference play. There’s a lot of things that are very good, but I’m going to be ultra-critical of the other things and that’s how we’ll get better.”
The Mountaineers (3-5-2) remain strong in recent outings, only having lost one match in their last six, while the Blue Hose (4-6-1, 2-0 Big South) continued to struggle on the road, being held scoreless for the first time in three matches.
The Black and Gold offense was clicking in every way but the finish in the matchup as they dominated in possession, shots (9-6) and corners (10-0). It’s the second-straight time that PC has been held without a corner kick. The backline and Agnew held strong as well, limiting PC to just the six shots and only three on goal.
Leading the Mountaineers on offense was Raheem Somersall (Basseterre, St. Kitts/Souther School of Energy and Sustainability), who, after getting his first career goal last week against UNC Asheville, has come alive to be a main part of the App State attack. Somersall finished with three shots and one on goal, while Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) had two shots and one on goal. Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) also had two shots, while John Walrath (Raeford, N.C./Hoke County) and Cooper Coughlin (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert) rounded out the attack with one shot each.
Since getting its first win on Sept. 13 over USC Upstate, Appalachian has totaled eight goals off five assists and have fired 77 total shots (33 on goal – .429 shot-on-goal percentage). In the recent six-match stretch, the Mountaineers have outshot opponents 77-56 with a 33-28 advantage on goal.
The Mountaineers will stay at home for their first back-to-back home series of the season, hosting Sun Belt Conference foe Howard on Saturday, Oct. 8. Appalachian State’s first conference match of the season is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.