|ASU Soccer Combats Gardner-Webb To Scoreless Tie|
|Written by ASU Sports Information|
|Friday, 09 September 2011 23:09|
After an emotional game in front of a supportive crowd, Appalachian State men’s soccer came away with a 0-0 tie against Gardner-Webb in the opening game of the Davidson adidas Classic on Friday evening. The Mountaineers’ record moves to 1-2-1, while the Runnin’ Bulldogs remain even at 1-1-2.Before the game, a moment of silence was conducted to honor the memory of ASU coach Shaun Pendleton, who passed away earlier in the week. The Mountaineers were not alone in Davidson as several hundred Appalachian fans made the trip to support their men on the field.
Appalachian’s forceful attack began immediately. Less than two and a half minutes into the game, the Apps recorded their first shot, trying to capitalize on a header by David Dodge (Oviedo, Fla. / Oviedo) off an ASU free kick.
Midway through the period, the Mountaineer offense kept up the pressure. Sekani Sinclair (Parkland, Fla. / Marjory Stoneman Douglas) shot a well-placed ball that was narrowly deflected by Gardner-Webb keeper Scott Krotee. ASU earned three quick corner kicks but was unable to profit, and the game remained scoreless through the half.
Appalachian continued its onslaught through the second stanza, amassing a 19-9 advantage in shots. Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C. / Eugene Ashley) created an excellent chance with his fancy footwork, but Gardner-Webb’s Eric Yeager made an athletic defensive save.
With five minutes to play, the Runnin’ Bulldogs broke through the Mountaineers’ back line, but the shot of Jalen Gathers missed just wide left of the goalpost, and regulation concluded without a goal.
In overtime, both teams made plays at the net, with Gardner-Webb notching four shots and ASU a pair. Despite the combined effort, neither squad broke the tie, and the teams walked away with a shutout draw.
ASU keeper Danny Free (Doncaster, England / Hall Cross School) picked up his first career shutout after stopping all six of the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ shots on goal. Sinclair paced the Mountaineers with four shots, three on goal.
After his first career game as a head coach, Matt Nelson expressed his thanks to all Appalachian fans. “The support we have been given has been unbelievable. The teachers, students, athletic department, coaches and the entire Appalachian community and campus—we are thankful for the amazing support we’ve been given.”
Senior Ryan Duffy (Apex, N.C. / Apex) described the feeling of the game. “We had a lot of emotion going into it, but once we were on the field, it was just another game. If anything, the energy drove us to come out and play our hardest.”
“We were focusing on each other,” added Nelson, “and moving forward as a team. I’m honored to be a part of the group of men who stepped out on to the field together.”
The Mountaineers wrap up the Davidson adidas Classic with a game against Detroit (2-1-0) on Sunday, Sept. 11. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Apps Drop Two Matches at Morehead St. Invitational
The Appalachian State volleyball team dropped its opening two matches of the 2011 Morehead State Invitational on Friday, Sept. 9 at Wetherby Gymnasium.
Appalachian picked up a second-set win behind thanks to strong efforts by Anna Wagner and Maggie Seeds, but was unable to overcome a first-set loss as it dropped a 3-1 decision to Morehead State in the first match on Friday.
In their final match of the day, the Mountaineers rallied to tie the score at 1-1 with a win in the second set, but Western Michigan picked up a hard-fought win in the third set before clinching the match with a 25-20 win in the fourth set.
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