The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Swimming Team defeated Converse (566-526) and St. Andrews (599-100) in its season opener Saturday afternoon at O'Herron Pool. In the other head-to-head competition, Converse downed St. Andrews by a 578-103 score.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Alyx Koert (Naples, Fla.) won the 500-yard (5:28.27) and 1,000-yard (10:58.86) freestyle events while sophomore Addison Herndon (Greensboro, N.C.) prevailed in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:12.91) and 200-yard individual medley (2:19.63).
In addition, freshman Kiana Schumacher (Princeton, Ind.) finished first in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.19) and 200-yard backstroke (2:16.28) for the Bears while freshman Lauren Rutherford (Bel Air, Md.) won the 50-yard (26.29) and 200-yard (2:06.29) freestyle events as well.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Swimming Team opened the 2017-18 campaign with a convincing victory over St. Andrews in a dual meet – 697-98 – Saturday afternoon at the O'Herron Pool.
Lenoir-Rhyne won both the 400-yard medley (3:37.81) and 400-yard freestyle (3:17.97) relays which anchored the beginning and the end of the meet. Both teams consisted of senior Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.), junior Sam Melnyk (Newton, N.C.), sophomore Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.) and freshman Spencer Ashby (Duncan, S.C.).
Melnyk (1,000-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly), McRea (100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke) and Queen (100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke) all won two individual events for the Bears as well. In addition, sophomore Seth Hurst (Clover, S.C.) won the 100-yard freestyle (50.63) for the Bears as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Mars Hill in its home opener on Friday, October 20, at 6:00 p.m., at the Shuford Physical Education Center.
Appalachian State volleyball lost a close one to Coastal Carolina on Sunday 3-2 (23-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-21, 15-13).
Appalachian State, now 2-6 in the Sun Belt, fell just behind Coastal Carolina in a close match. Kara Spicer led the Mountaineers in kills on the day with 22. Melissa McMath had 15 kills, and Courtney Sullivan and Lexi Kohut each had 11 kills. Ashlyn Brown continued to lead in assists with 58, and Olivia Loeffler had 21 digs.
A 5-0 run in the first set helped App State defeat the Chanticleers and bring the score to 17-21 before winning 23-25. A 4-0 and a 3-0 run aided their victory in the second set, staying ahead to win 22-25.
The Chanticleers fought back to take the third set from the Mountaineers, barely pulling ahead to bring the score to 27-25.
Coastal Carolina ultimately came out on top of the Mountaineers, but it took five sets to do so. App State will continue play on Friday, Oct. 20 at Louisiana at 7:30 p.m. before traveling to Monroe for a match on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. against ULM.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team used goals from a pair of junior forwards from Spain - Marc Fernandez (Barcelona) in the first half and Ignacio de Goya (Madrid) after intermission - to secure a 2-1 road win at Frances Marion Saturday night at Hartzler Field. Lenoir-Rhyne senior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the win in goal after making three saves. Francis Marion's goalkeeper, Raul Guillamon Bejar (Palau-solità i Plegamans, SPAIN), suffered the loss despite picking up four saves in the process.
The Bears outshot the Patriots, 17-7, with 47.1 percent of their shots on goal. For the Patriots, 57.1 percent of their shots were on goal.
The goal was de Goya’s team-leading 10th this fall and sixth in the last three contests. de Goya also has three match-winning scores in 2017.
The Bears were able to edge the home team in corner kick opportunities, 6-5. Lenoir-Rhyne won its second straight contest and improved to 4-0-1 against non-conference opponents this year.
The Patriots scored first when junior forward Oliver Drakenhammar (Partille, Sweden) finished off a shot at the 19:29 mark of the first half. The lead was short-lived, however, as Fernandez tied the contest 55 seconds later. The goal was Fernandez’s first of the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 7-2-3 on the season. The Bears return home on Wednesday for another South Atlantic Conference clash with Coker at 7:30 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Appalachian State University men's soccer (4-6-3, 0-1-1 SBC) suffered a 3-0 decision to Hartwick (5-6-1, 1-1-0 SBC) on Saturday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
The Mountaineers' streak of scoreless defense stopped in the first five minutes of the match when Jamie O'Grady scored one of this three goals to push the visitors to a 1-0 lead. Appalachian held opponents to 309 minutes without a goal before the streak ended. App tried to get some offense going moments later with simultaneous shots from Juan Hernandez and Ian Bennett, but both shots were fended off by the Hartwick defense.
Appalachian held Hartwick to a 1-0 edge going into the half despite two more shots at the target, which were saved by the goalkeeper, Jake Chasteen. The Black and Gold stayed on the Hawks' tails for the better part of the second stanza. Hernandez fired off his second goal, which was on frame, but Lenny Wilson prevented the ball from going into the back of the net. It wasn't until a 2:08 span that Hartwick would take a commanding lead with less than five minutes to go thanks to two more scores from O'Grady to extend the lead to three.
Felix Kollmannthaler and Zeiko Harris both attempted shots at the frame, but couldn't get the shot in the back of the net.
App State will look to get back on track with a home match on Tuesday against Campbell at 7 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (3-4, 2-3) bounced back again with a decisive victory over Limestone (3-4, 2-2), 35-7, Saturday evening at the Reservation at Gaffney High School in a South Atlantic Conference game.
Lenoir-Rhyne rushed 50 times for 199 yards and was led by freshman running back Xzavion Huff, a Maiden grad, with 85 yards. Sophomore tailback Nelson Brown added 78 yards. Huff scored on a 39-yard touchdown run while Brown scored twice in the win.
L-R sophomore safety Landon Scott returned an interception 95 yards for a score late in the first quarter: the longest by a Bears player since All-American Michael Green returned a pick 100 yards to pay dirt in a playoff game on November 17, 2012, against Fort Valley State. Scott finished with two interceptions for 137 yards.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore tight end Sam Camargo (Kissimmee, Fla.) caught his team-leading fifth touchdown of the season: a 16-yarder in the second quarter.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore linebacker Quentin Hayes (Power Springs, Ga.) was a star on defense, finishing with nine tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 2-1 on the road this year and held an opponent to seven points for the second time this fall. LR picked off four passes for the first time since 2012.
Limestone’s Jerko’ya Patton (Charlotte, N.C.) scored the lone touchdown of the game for the Saints in the second quarter on a 38-yard run.
Lenoir-Rhyne will not play again until Saturday, October 28, against UNC Pembroke in Pembroke, N.C., beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Appalachian State mounted its biggest comeback in seven years and remained unbeaten in Sun Belt Conference play with a 23-20 victory at Idaho on Saturday.
The Mountaineers (4-2, 3-0) trailed 20-0 early in the third quarter before rallying behind a sack-hungry, turnover-minded defense and three touchdown throws from senior quarterback Taylor Lamb, who tied Armanti Edwards' school record of 74 career TD passes. It was App State's biggest comeback since it erased a 35-14 deficit in the fourth quarter of a 42-41 victory at Chattanooga in the 2010 opener.
Idaho (2-4, 1-2) regained possession at its 46-yard line with 2:23 remaining, and Tee Sims had a hand in two sacks leading up to a fourth-and-24 pass that was completed but stopped a yard short of the marker. After the Mountaineers fell behind 20-0, their defense allowed 17 yards on the final 17 plays, including the 23-yard pass on the Vandals' last offensive snap.
Sims was credited with 2.5 sacks, and senior linebacker Eric Boggs made two fourth-quarter fumble recoveries. Lamb threw for 155 yards, and senior Ike Lewis scored twice while catching six passes for 101 yards.
Idaho forced a turnover on the first play of the third quarter, but an App State defensive stand limited the Vandals to a short field goal that pushed them ahead 20-0.
The Mountaineers went 3-for-3 on fourth-down conversions in scoring touchdowns on each of their next two drives.
Facing a fourth-and-2 situation from its 44 with nine minutes left in the third quarter, Jalin Moore gained 18 yards to set up Lewis' 38-yard touchdown reception on a short pass from Lamb.
A kickoff tackle from Zy Letman at the 13, followed by big hits from Boggs and Tae Hayes, forced a quick Idaho punt. Lamb rushed for 11 yards on a fourth-and-6 keeper from the Idaho 36 to prolong the drive, and Terrence Upshaw gained 3 yards on a fourth-and-1 carry from the 16 before Lamb found tight end Collin Reed for a 6-yard touchdown with 13:23 remaining in the game.
Chris Willis' first career sack and two under-pressure incompletions led to another three-and-out series for Idaho's offense. Lamb tied Edwards' school record of 74 career touchdown passes with a 45-yard pass to Lewis and Rubino tied the game on his PAT with 10:04 remaining.
Outside linebacker Rashaad Townes forced a fumble on the next play from scrimmage, and Boggs' short return to the Idaho 28 set up a 31-yard, tiebreaking field goal from Rubino with 7:24 left.
App State trailed 17-0 at halftime, as Matt Linehan threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Joe Wysocki with nine seconds left before the break. Cade Coffey's 28-yard field goal early in the second quarter opened the scoring, and Linehan connected with Alfonso Onunwor on a 20-yard touchdown pass with 5:24 remaining in the half.
Appalachian State, which started playing football in 1928, won its 600th game. The Mountaineers are 600-333-28 overall.
Senior quarterback Taylor Lamb tied Armanti Edwards' school record of 74 career TD passes. Lamb had three second-half TD passes, including two to Ike Lewis, and Lamb is two away from tying FAU’s Rusty Smith (76 from 2005-09) for fourth place on the Sun Belt career list. Edwards played at App State from 2006-09.
Lamb improved to 31-11 as a starter, breaking a second-place tie on the App State career QB victories list with D.J. Campbell (30-17). Edwards was 42-7 in his career.
Lewis set career highs for receiving yards (101), receptions (six) and touchdowns (two). His previous highs were 60 yards (vs. ULM in 2016) and five catches (vs. New Mexico State in 2016).
App State was 1-for-3 on fourth-down conversions in its first five games. It went 3-for-3 on Saturday, converting one on its first touchdown drive and two on its second touchdown drive.
Credited with 2.5 sacks, Tee Sims beat his previous high of 2.0 against Old Dominion and Louisiana last season. He also had a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss. Sims is up to 11.5 career sacks, including 4.5 this year. He had 7.0 in 2016.
Senior linebacker Eric Boggs recovered two fourth-quarter fumbles to set up App State’s tiebreaking field goal with 7:24 left and prevent Idaho from scoring after it began a drive at the Mountaineers’ 18 with 4:46 remaining. They were the first fumble recoveries by App State’s defense since Ronald Blair forced and recovered one in the third quarter of the 2015 Camellia Bowl. The Mountaineers recovered a fumbled punt on special teams in the 2016 opener at Tennessee.
App State had six sacks, matching its highest output since a Nov. 2015 win against Louisiana. In addition to Sims, the Mountaineers got one sack apiece from Boggs, Myquon Stout and Chris Willis, while Caleb Fuller helped Sims bring down quarterback Matt Linehan in the fourth quarter. It was the first career sack for Willis, a redshirt freshman.
Sophomore tight end Devin Papenheim made his first career start. He played on the defensive line last year as a redshirt freshman.
App State returns home to face Coastal Carolina next weekend at 3:30 p.m.
The UNC Pembroke Women’s Soccer Team (8-3-1) ended Lenoir-Rhyne’s three-match winning streak with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Bears Saturday evening at Lumbee River EMC Stadium. The Bears were able to put pressure on the Braves but couldn’t convert their chances.
Both of the Braves’ goals came in the first half courtesy of Alexis Pittman (Greensboro, N.C.) and Stacey Scott (Jacksonville, N.C.) at the 10:11 and 20:32 marks, respectively.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite holding a 14-5 advantage in shots taken. In terms of shots on goal, the percentages were 61.5 percent for the Bears and 80 percent for the Braves. The Bears are held scoreless for only the second time this year. Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) suffered the loss. Morris was credited with a pair of saves.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Madi Kyle (High Point, N.C.) – making her third consecutive start – failed to extend her two-game goal scoring streak.
UNC Pembroke’s Gina Ryan (Cape Carteret, N.C.) earned the shutout victory in goal after stopping 10 shots on the day. UNC Pembroke held the edge in corner kicks, 3-2. UNC Pembroke is now 5-0-1 in its last six contests.
Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 8-4-1 on the season. The Bears return home to take on Coker in a South Atlantic Conference match Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
For the fourth time in four meets this season, the Appalachian State women’s cross country team finished second while competing in a deep field.
The Mountaineers were second out of 16 teams Friday at the Vertcross Invitational hosted by High Point at Beeson Park in Kernersville. Led by Emily Fedders, App State totaled 68 points to finish six behind first-place High Point and five ahead of third-place East Tennessee State, which had edged the Mountaineers via a tiebreaker at the Upstate Invitational last month.
App State’s top five runners were separated by only 16 seconds and its top six runners were separated by only 20 seconds on an extended 6K course.
Fedders finished 10th with a time of 22:13.01, and Phylissa Greeley was 12th in 22:16.52. Hana Ratcliffe had her best team finish of the season by crossing next with a 14th-place time of 22:27.80, and Megan Scannell took 14th in 22:28.31. Kerry Leonard also scored with a 17th-place time of 22:29.00, while 20th-place Katelyn Butler (22:33.08) and 23rd-place Natalie Kile (22:46.71) rounded out the top seven.
Wofford’s Hannah Steelman won by more than 32 seconds with a time of 21:02.54.
App State returns to action Oct. 28, when the reigning Sun Belt Conference champions will go for a repeat on their home course in Boone.
1. High Point 62
2. Appalachian State 68
3. East Tennessee State 73
4. Furman 83
5. Wofford 129
6. Marshall 198
7. UNCW 235
8. VMI 236
9. Radford 241
10. Coastal Carolina 244
11. North Carolina A&T 262
12. Charleston Southern 297
13. Winston-Salem State 379
14. Meredith 400
15. Longwood 438
16. Peace 490
With continued improvement from several freshmen, the Appalachian State men’s cross country team finished third out of 17 teams Friday at the Vertcross Invitational.
With High Point serving as the host on the 8K Beeson Park course in Kernersville, the Mountaineers totaled 108 points to finish behind traditional powerhouse Furman (56) and second-place East Tennessee State (70). Charleston Southern was fourth with 114.
Evan Georges led App State with a 13th-place showing in 25:08.59, a 42-second improvement from the same meet in 2016, and redshirt freshman Ian Foley was second on the team with a 19th-place finish of 25:29.23. He had been the team’s third-place runner in each of the previous two meets.
Michael Flanagan, another freshman, was third on the team and 25th overall with a personal-best time of 25:40.28. That cut roughly 55 seconds off his best time from App State’s first two home meets.
An under-the-weather Collin Loy placed 29th with a time of 26:03.46, and freshman Luke Bennett completed the App State scoring by placing 40th with a personal-best time of 26:23.72. App State freshman Ben Cignarale (42nd, personal-best 26:24.87) and Jacob Toczko (44th, 26:25.78) rounded out the top seven.
Coastal Carolina’s Nadeel Wildschutt won by more than 15 seconds with a time of 24:22.51.
1. Furman 56
2. East Tennessee State 70
3. Appalachian State 108
4. Charleston Southern 114
5. Marshall 168
6. High Point 181
7. VMI 185
8. Coastal Carolina 200
9. Radford 242
10. North Carolina A&T 278
11. Elon 283
12. Wofford 299
13. UNCW 346
14. Coker 401
15. Longwood 479
16. Winston-Salem State 503
17. Peace 525
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Bunker Hill: 44
East Burke: 26
West Iredell: 15
South Fork Athletic Conference:
East Lincoln: 38
North Lincoln: 6
Lake Norman Charter: 7
Alexander Central: 55
South Caldwell: 3
West Caldwell: 49
St. Stephens: 26
Fred T. Foard
Appalachian State volleyball fell to Coastal Carolina 3-1 on Friday on the road. (17-25, 25-22, 20-25, 21-25).
Courtney Sullivan led the Mountaineers with 14 kills on the day. Ashlyn Brown had 44 assists, and Olivia Loeffler had 29 digs to contribute for App State.
App State started off the first set with a 3-0 run thanks to a kill each from Kara Spicer and Lexi Kohut. The Mountaineers stayed on top of the Chanticleers until Coastal Carolina tied it up at 8-8 to take over the lead for a victory.
Determined to keep App State in the game, Courtney Sullivan helped tremendously in the second set with three kills in a row to put the Mountaineers up 17-14. The team held on to push past the Chanticleers to win the second. Coastal Carolina gave App State trouble in the third and fourth sets, however, to win the match.
Appalachian State is now 7-14 overall and 2-5 in the Sun Belt Conference.
Coastal Carolina will follow Appalachian State back to Boone, N.C. for a rematch on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center.
Appalachian State University women's soccer (2-10-3, 1-5-1 SBC) sustained some early momentum with a 1-0 lead in the first half, but it wasn't enough as Little Rock (7-6-2, 2-2-2 SBC) scored three unanswered goals to capture a 3-1 win on Friday evening.
Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) scored her first goal of the season at the 24-minute mark in the first half to give App a 1-0 lead. The Mountaineer offense was on the attack with all four of their first-half shots coming in the first 25 minutes of the opening stanza. However, App wouldn't get a shot off in the final 20 minutes of the half while the hosts tied things up just before going into the break, 1-1.
Coming out of the second half, the Trojans took a 2-1 lead in the opening minute of the stanza. Goalkeeper Kate Hamilton stopped two more shots at the target in attempt to tie the match from Sharon Osterbind (Jacksonville, Ala./Jacksonville) and Kelly Flanders (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell). LR would tack on one more goal to take a 3-1 lead moments later.
The Mountaineers tried to get back into the match with multiple shots at the frame but just couldn't get it in the back of the net. Osterbind led the Black and Gold with two shots at the net, while Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert), Tully, and Flanders all had shots on goal.
Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) recorded the start in the net playing all 90 minutes for the Apps.
Appalachian will look to even the weekend on Sunday with a 2 p.m. (ET) match at Louisiana.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Cross Country Team took third place out of 11 schools at the Queen City Invitational Friday afternoon at McAlpine Creek Park.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.), who finished fourth overall on the 8K course with a time of 24:33. Mount Olive won the team title while Davidson’s Ramsay Ritchie was the top overall runner with a 24:10.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Cross Country Championships next Saturday, October 21, at 9:30 a.m., at Southside Park in Newton, N.C.
Queen City Invitational
October 13, 2017 – McAlpine Creek Park
1. Mount Olive 31
2. Davidson 44
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 122
4. Mars Hill 123
5. Montreat 147
6. Western Carolina 157
7. Gardner-Webb 264
8. Warren Wilson 283
9. Presbyterian 288
10. Pfeiffer 311
11. Spartanburg Methodist 315
4. Jacob Black 24:33
25. Corbin Boyles 25:43
28. Zack Bunch 25:54
40. Petar Ivackovic 26:08
41. Derek Chavis 26:12
58. Josh Adkins 26:43
65. Jacob Franklin 27:12
74. Brett Haas 27:29
80. Aubrey Hite 27:43
103. Peyton Jones 29:26
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team ended a six-match losing streak with a 3-0 sweep of Francis Marion (6-11) Friday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Bears downed the Patriots by scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-13.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) led the way with 14 kills while freshman right side hitter Maggie Bogart (Shawnee, Kan.) added 10 kills in the victory. The Bears hit a season-high .419 on the night and added to their league-high in blocks with nine total on the evening.
Francis Marion was led by Kayla Arthur (Holly Springs, N.C.) with 12 kills but the Patriots hit just .114 for the match.
Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 8-8 on the season. The Bears hit the road again to take on Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m., in Greeneville, Tenn.
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
East Burke: 3
West Iredell: 3
Fred T. Foard: 0
Alexander Central: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
East Burke: 0
West Iredell: 2
Fred T. Foard: 1
South Fork Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 5
West Lincoln: 0
Alexander Central: 3
South Caldwell: 9
St. Stephens: 5
West Caldwell: 0
The 25th annual United Way Cross Country Invitational was held Wednesday at Southside Park in Newton.
Boys Championship –
Jayden Hefner, St. Stephens, 2nd
Daniel Hopkins, Lincolnton, 3rd
Ethan Deffke, HHS, 4th
Girls Championship –
Riley Carswell, Freedom, 2nd
Ashley Ramirez, St. Stephens, 5th
Caroline Hilliard, Bunker Hill, 6th
Hickory High, 3rd place team
Boys Invitational –
Beck Classey, East Lincoln, 1st
Alec Nguyen, East Lincoln, 3rd
Ben Trimm, Fred T. Foard, 6th
Austin Cornette, Bunker Hill, 8th
East Lincoln, 1st place team
East Burke, 2nd place team
Girls Invitational –
Olivia Humpfrey, East Lincoln, 1st
Makenzie Goodson, Bandys, 3rd
Karina Coulter, Fred T Foard, 4th
Rachel Morris, Maiden, 5th
Bentley Strong, East Burke, 8th
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team used a hat trick from junior forward Ignacio de Goya (Madrid, SPAIN) and a match-winner from freshman midfielder Victor Cascon (Salamanca, SPAIN) with just over three minutes left to hold off feisty Catawba (1-8-1, 1-4-1), 4-3, Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Frock Athletic Complex.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the win in goal after making four saves. King's individual record continues to match the team's overall mark. Catawba's goalkeeper, Joe Gonzalez (Cambridge, ENGLAND), didn’t start the match but suffered the loss and fell to 0-4 while picking up two saves in the process.
The Bears outshot the Indians, 15-11, while eight of the Lenoir-Rhyne’s 15 shots (53.0 percent) were ruled on goal. The home team had seven of its 11 shots (63.6 percent) on goal.
L-R’s de Goya earned the hat trick before halftime and almost single-handedly dealt Catawba its eighth loss of the season. de Goya now has a team-leading nine goals on the year.
Cascon’s goal was the third of the season in his inaugural campaign for the Bears and he added an assist as well.
The Indians scored three late second-half goals in a span of 15 minutes: two from Philipp Hollenhorst (Muenster, GERMANY) and one from Jack Ragen (Terrigal, AUSTRALIA).
The Bears were able to edge the home team in corner kick opportunities, 4-3.
de Goya’s hat trick is the first by a Lenoir-Rhyne player since senior forward Ismael Noumansana (Bamako, MALI) in a 3-0 victory over Mars Hill on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, in Mars Hill, N.C. de Goya also has five goals in his last two matches.
L-R improves to 6-2-3 overall and 3-2-2 in South Atlantic Conference play. The Bears hit the road on Saturday for another nonconference clash with Frances Marion at 7:00 p.m., in Florence, S.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team suffered its sixth consecutive setback with a 3-0 loss to Anderson Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match on the road. The Trojans, winners of 10 consecutive matches, defeated the Bears by scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-19.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond with 10 kills while junior setter Jessica Funk added 25 assists and nine digs.
Anderson was spearheaded by Marissa Mitter (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Kathryn Hughes (Chapin, S.C.) with 13 and 11 kills each, respectively. The Trojans’ Emily Conlin (Glendale, Ariz.) added 41 assists in the victory as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 7-8 overall and 4-6 in the conference. The Bears host Francis Marion in a non-conference, regional match on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.
It had been two seasons since Appalachian State University men's soccer senior John Walrath (Raeford, N.C./Hoke County) scored a goal, but that all changed on Tuesday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
Walrath was fed a beautiful ball inside the box from Juan Hernandez (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) before placing the shot between the goalkeeper's legs with under a minute left in the first overtime to lift App State (4-5-3) to an exhilirating 1-0 triumph over a pesky UNC Asheville (1-12) team that came in looking to snap a five-match skid.
"Great team win and shutout," head coach Jason O'Keefe said following the victory. "Credit to UNCA as they competed for every minute. We're proud of our guys to stay with it, stay composed and together to find a way to get the win in the end. We will recover and get ready for a very good Hartwick team on Saturday. Please come out and support the team in a massive Sun Belt match."
It was Walrath's first goal of the season while becoming the eighth Mountaineer of the season to tally a score. Last season, App had seven student-athletes find the back of the net.
In front of a packed Ted Mack, the Mountaineers pulled through to improve to 3-1-2 at home, surpassing last season's win total and getting to within just one victory from matching last season's win output with six contests left in the campaign.
Goalkeeper Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga) and the defense bent but didn't break with a third-consecutive shutout and the fourth in the past six matches. App State has not allowed a goal in 304 straight minutes dating back to the Sept. 26 contest against then-No. 19 Duke, while the last time Appalachian allowed a goal at home was on Sept. 9 against ETSU. Chasteen came away with two saves on the evening including a big stop in overtime. After Tuesday, the Boone native is now one of two goalkeepers in the Sun Belt with a goals-against average under one (.933).
App did have its opportunities in the match to get up more goals on the board with some clean looks from Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg), Marc Pfrogner (Aurach, Germany), Felix Kollmannthaler (Frankfurt, Germany), and Hernandez. The Mountaineers kept the pressure on the UNCA defense all night until they broke through on a free kick leading to the game's lone goal.
The Mountaineers posted a 13-6 advantage in shots with a 5-2 edge in shots on goal. App also had an 8-6 tally in corner shots as well.
Appalachian will host Hartwick in its Sun Belt home opener on Saturday in the second home contest of a three-game homestand. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team (8-3-1) used a strong start with two first-half goals to send Saint Leo (3-6) back home with a 2-1 loss on Tuesday afternoon at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The Bears also extended their winning streak to three matches.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) earned the win in goal after making a pair of saves. Morris’ individual record continues to match the team’s overall mark.
Sophomore midfielder Madi Kyle (High Point, N.C.) got her first start of the season and capitalized, putting Lenoir-Rhyne on the board in the sixth minute of the contest (her second goal of the season). The goal was also her second in as many games.
An assist by Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Abbie Brown (Leeds, ENGLAND) tied her for the team lead with four with sophomore forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.).
The Bears were able to apply pressure all afternoon, outpacing the Lions by a 6-0 count in corner kick opportunities.
The Bears outshot the Lions, 13-11, but were more accurate as eight of the Bears’ 13 shots (61.5 percent) were ruled on goal. The road team only had three of its 11 shots (27.3 percent) on goal.
L-R continues its strong performances at home as it holds a 6-1 record at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The Bears have limited their opponents to one or fewer goals in eight of their 12 matches this season.
The lone goal from the Lions came on a header in the 72th minute from Sophia Kenny (Celebration, Fla.), her first score of the year.
Saint Leo’s goalkeeper, Megan Charlton (Kent, Wash.), suffered the loss and fell to 1-2 but picked up six saves in the process.
Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 8-3-1 on the season. They hit the road on Saturday for another nonconference clash with UNC Pembroke at 5:00 p.m., in Pembroke, N.C.