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Two Late Goals Lift ASU Men’s Soccer to Win PDF Print
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, 15 October 2011 08:02

Trailing with 10 minutes to play, ASU rallied with a pair of late goals as Appalachian State men’s soccer (8-2-2, 3-0 SoCon) defeated Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern (7-6-1, 3-2 SoCon) in a 2-1 win at Eagle Field on Friday evening. Having defeated the Eagles, the Mountaineers move into first place in the conference standings with nine points and the tiebreaker over GSU. The Apps’ extend the program’s unbeaten streak to nine games (7-0-2), its longest since 1978.
The Eagles struck first, as Joe Hughes netted a goal on a pass from Luigi Clendening in the 32nd minute. Despite four Mountaineer corner kicks in the opening period, GSU maintained the 1-0 lead heading into the break.
Appalachian was aggressive in the second half and built a 6-3 lead in shots during the period but failed to find the back of the net.
In the 82nd minute, ASU’s Nicholas Skoda (Knoxville, Tenn./Hardin Valley) scored the equalizer goal, finding the net on a header off a long throw by Harrison Delbridge (Raleigh, N.C./Needham Broughton). The goal was the freshman’s first career goal and seemed destined to send the game into overtime.
Appalachian’s Delbridge had other plans, as the sophomore netted his game-winner with 1:41 remaining in the game. Junior Ryan Lavigne (San Diego, Calif./Cincinnati) served up a corner kick that Delbridge was able to redirect into the net for his second goal of the season.
In the closing seconds, Georgia Southern managed a final shot, but Appalachian keeper Danny Free (Doncaster, England/Hall Cross School) came up with his fourth save of the game to preserve the victory.
Coincidentally, Appalachian’s come-from-behind victory occurred just five days after GSU’s women scored two in the last five minutes to rally back against the Apps.
ASU newcomer Boubacar Toure (Atlanta, Ga./Georgia Perimeter) led all offensive players with a game-high four shots.
Appalachian returns to Boone for its next game on Tuesday, Oct. 18 as the Mountaineers host College of Charleston. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. at ASU Soccer Stadium at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

 

Appalachian Women’s Soccer Suffers Tough Loss to Samford

 

Despite an early goal by ASU senior Katy Dodd (Apex, N.C./Apex), Appalachian State women’s soccer (5-9-1, 1-5-1 SoCon) fell to Southern Conference opponent Samford (7-5-2, 5-0-2 SoCon) by a 2-1 score in a double-overtime game at ASU Soccer Stadium on Friday night.
“It was a difficult loss,” noted head coach Sarah Strickland. “Samford is an outstanding team and the most-organized squad we’ve seen this year. We did a good job keeping possession, not letting long balls get behind us and staying composed on the ball.”
The Apps struck first as Sydney Hill (Alpharetta, Ga./South Carolina) served a cross from the right side and caught Dodd for a header goal in the fifth minute. The goal was Dodd’s fourth of the season and Hill’s team-high fifth assist.
Samford struck back in the 29th minute as Michelle Moll found Brittany Hoffman for the equalizer goal. Her shot from the left side caught the right edge of the goal to level the score at 1-1.
After a tough-fought second half, Samford held a narrow 13-12 edge in shots during regulation.
With less than five minutes to play in the second extra period, Samford’s Joy Grove fired a long shot that narrowly found the net to give the Bulldogs the 2-1 win. Trine Taule had her third assist of the season on the shot.
ASU goalkeeper Amy Kolowsky (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) had 10 saves in the game, matching her season high. Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton) paced the Mountaineers with five shots (two on goal), while Dodd and Hill each had three on goal.
The game was Appalachian’s third-straight double-overtime game at home. The team tied Furman, 0-0, on Sept. 30 and defeated Wofford, 1-0, on Oct. 2.
Strickland continued, “It’s tough to lose, but I genuinely believe Samford is the best team in the league and will go on to win the conference.”
Appalachian rounds out the weekend by hosting Chattanooga on Sunday, Oct. 16. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.  at ASU Soccer Stadium at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

 

Hamilton Finishes 7th to Lead Mountaineers

 

Appalachian State University women's cross country finished fourth out of 21 teams at the 5k Blue Ridge Open on Friday evening at the State Farm Fields in Boone.
Junior Amanda Hamilton led the Mountaineers who finished in seventh place out of 141 runners with a time of 18.23.9.  Senior Hannah Orders crossed the finish line in 15th place with the time of 18:52.  Orders was followed  redshirt freshman Justine Stocks, junior Kaitlyn Cagle and junior Jenna Williamson who finished 22nd, 31st, and 40th respectively to round out Appalachian's top-five.
Conference foe Furman claimed the Blue Ridge Open title with 56 points and was followed by Wake Forest with 77 points.  The top two teames were followed by High Point (82 pts.), ASU (115 pts.), and Campbell (177 pts.) to round out the top-five teams.
The Mountaineers will take next weekend off to rest up for the Southern Conference Championship on October 29 at Charleston, S.C.

 

Moen Leads Mountaineers at Blue Ridge Open

 

Appalachian State University men's cross country finished fourth out of 23 teams at the Blue Ridge Open on Friday evening at the State Farm Fields in Boone.
Senior Chris Moen led the Mountaineers who finished in 15th place out of 153 runners with a time of 25:41.7.  Junior Alex Taylor crossed the finish line in 20th place with the time of 25:45.9.  Taylor was followed by junior Michael Lilley, senior Nick Kelly, and sophomore Mark Sullivan who finished 29th, 31st and 32nd respectively to round out Appalachian's top-five.
George Mason claimed the Blue Ridge Open title with 40 points and was followed by Wake Forest with 57 points.  The top two teames were followed by High Point (96 pts.), ASU (127 pts.), and Furman (142 pts.) to round out the top-five teams.
The Mountaineers will take next weekend off to rest up for the Southern Conference Championship on October 29 at Charleston, S.C.

 


Appalachian Men’s Tennis Competes at ITA Regional

 

Appalachian State men’s tennis had some impressive wins and one doubles pair remains alive after day one of the ITA 2011 Carolinas Championship hosted by North Carolina at the Cone-Kinfield Tennis Center.
In the doubles draw, the pair of Alain Humblet (Montreal, Quebec/DE Mortagne) and Philip Kloc (Melbourne, Australia/Mentone Grammar) defeated the Elon team of Fortmann and Pecht, 8-2, to escape the opening round. The Mountaineers then faced another SoCon pair in the duo of Bleach and Orces. ASU’s 8-4 second-round success earned Humblet and Kloc a place in the Round of 16, where they will face a team from South Carolina on Saturday morning.
Appalachian’s other doubles pair of Sebastien King (Montreal, Quebec/George Vanier) and Alex Markov (Pernik, Bulgaria/Hawai’i Pacific) were victorious in their opening round match against Maden and Meza of Clemson, 8-4. The No. 2 UNC pair of Boyajian and Burkhardt dismissed the Apps, 8-2, in the second round.
In singles, Humblet won his opener over Elon’s Jordan Kaufman, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. An unlucky draw pit the senior against the nation’s No. 4 player Henrique Cunha, who knocked out Humblet 6-1, 6-0 in the second round.
Markov earned an impressive 6-1, 6-0 win over Wake Forest’s Conner Sherwood before slipping to Sam Williams of UNC Wilmington, 7-5, 6-1.
Kloc earned a first-round win over Charlotte’s Jack Williams, 6-4, 6-2. He picked up one set in his Round of 64 duel but fell to Ramiro Blanco of USC Upstate, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
The Mountaineers posted a combined 3-4 record in singles and 3-1 in doubles action. Humblet’s 2011 performance fell one match short of his Round of 32 appearance in 2010; however, neither ASU doubles pair advanced to the third round in last year’s event.
Humblet and Kloc are scheduled to play their third-round match at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
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