ASU junior Sam McVeigh (Charlotte, N.C. / Charlotte Catholic) had a breakout day, as she earned her first two goals of the season to lift Appalachian State women’s soccer (6-10-2, 2-6-2 SoCon) to a 2-1 victory over Southern Conference opponent UNCG (8-8-1, 7-2-1 SoCon) at UNCG Soccer Stadium on Sunday.
The game gives Appalachian its sixth win of the season, one more than coach Sarah Strickland’s debut season in 2010.
UNCG got on the scoreboard quickly. In the third minute, Ashley Stokes served up a cross from the left side, and Kristin Player connected on her eighth goal of the season from six yards. The Spartans totaled five shots in the opening half.
In the 17th minute, Appalachian notched its only shot of the half but made good on the opportunity. Callie Johnson’s (Atlanta, Ga. / Riverwood International) pass was partially deflected but still found McVeigh at the top of the penalty box. McVeigh converted her first goal of the season from distance to level the score 1-1, which held through halftime.
The Spartans recorded six shots in the second half, but ASU keeper Amy Kolowsky (Columbia, S.C. / Spring Valley) did a fantastic job making four saves total in regulation.
With the second period winding down, McVeigh found herself on a breakaway with only UNCG goalie Kelsey Kearney in her way. McVeigh eluded Kearney but the keeper wrapped her up to prevent the goal. Kearney was issued a red card in the 89th minute, and Alex Perry entered as a replacement between the pipes. The ejection earned Appalachian a penalty kick, and McVeigh came through again to lift Appalachian to the 2-1 victory.
Senior Katy Dodd (Apex, N.C. / Apex) and McVeigh led the Black and Gold with two shots apiece.
The game was the Apps’ third with a game-winning goal in the final two minutes, following losses to Army and Georgia Southern in those games’ waning seconds.
The Mountaineers will play their final regular-season game on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. when they travel to Cullowhee, N.C. to face Western Carolina.
Field Hockey Victorious on Senior Day
In Senior Day fashion, senior Kelsey Dorset netted the game-winning goal to snap Appalachian State field hockey eight game losing-streak to beat Liberty, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon in Kidd Brewer Stadium.
The Lady Flames (5-9) took an early lead when Mercedes Cox netted her third goal of the season early in the 4th-minute. The Mountaineers (2-14) would responded with a goal of their own when junior Megan High scored her first goal of the season off a penalty corner assist from sophomore Brooklyn Shearer. Appalachian would end the half all tied up 1-1 with a penalty corner opportunity with a few minutes left in the first-half.
Junior Casey Lammando gave ASU a 2-1 lead when she knocked in her first goal of the season in the 48th-minute. Liberty’s Lindsey Hanks scored the equalizing goal early in the 50th-minute.
Freshman Brooke Angellella found a wide-open Dorset to score the game-winning goal for the Mountaineers in the 57th-minute.
Senior Bridgette Street made a big save on a Lady Flames’ penalty corner with four minutes left in the contest. Liberty received one last penalty corner with 30 seconds left in the game, but the Mountaineers stellar defense forced a Liberty shot wide to seal the victory for the Apps.
Appalachian returns to action on Wednesday when the square off with Davidson at 6 p.m. in Davidson, N.C.
Appalachian Men's Tennis Competes at CofC Invitational
Three Mountaineers went undefeated in singles play as Appalachian State men’s tennis competed against Charlotte, Gardner-Webb and the host Cougars at the College of Charleston Invitational, Friday through Sunday at the CofC Tennis Center.
Sebastian King (Montreal, Quebec / George Vanier) was the only Mountaineer who did not suffer a loss on the weekend. King went 3-0 in Flight 4 of singles play and paired with Alex Markov (Pernik, Bulgaria / Hawai’i Pacific) to win another three matches in Flight 2 of doubles play. Markov won two of his three singles matches in Flight 1.
Philip Kloc (Melbourne, Australia / Mentone Grammar) won Flight 2 by sweeping his three singles matches. Together with Alain Humblet (Montreal, Quebec / DE Mortagne), the duo finished 2-1 in Flight 1 of doubles. Humblet had a rough time in Flight 3 singles, finishing 1-2 on the weekend.
In Flight 6 singles, Matt Saltsgaver (Winter Park, Fla. / Winter Park) went undefeated (3-0) in singles. He paired with Ezekiel Sansing (Memphis, Tenn. / White Station) to win his only doubles match in Flight 4.
Other singles performers included Sansing (1-1), Andrew McKinnon (Mooresville, N.C. / Lake Norman) (2-1) and Robert Jenkins (Durham, N.C. / Northern Durham) (1-1).
The doubles tandem of Sansing/McKinnon finished 1-1 in Flight 3, while Jenkins and McKinnon won a Flight 3 match to round out the Mountaineers’ weekend.
As a team, the Black and Gold notched 10 wins against Gardner-Webb, including seven singles and three doubles matches. The Apps went 3-4 in singles and 1-2 in doubles against College of Charleston. In matches against Charlotte, ASU won six of eight singles and all four doubles matches.
With the weekend’s action in the books, the Mountaineers turn their attention toward the spring dual season. The regular-season slate kicks off with a match at UNC Wilmington on January 19. The Apps’ home opener is scheduled for Jan. 29 against UNC Asheville.