ASU junior David Dodge (Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo) netted the game-winner early in the second overtime period, as Appalachian State men’s soccer (9-4-4) defeated ETSU (9-6-3) in non-conference action Tuesday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
By virtue of Davidson’s Tuesday-night tie with
College of Charleston, the Mountaineers take the No. 5 seed in the Southern Conference Tournament and will travel to face No. 4 Davidson in a quarterfinal match on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.
Appalachian’s Boubacar Toure (Atlanta, Ga./Georgia Perimeter College) tallied the first two shots of the game, and the Apps recorded five total in the half, but neither team’s strikers were able to stay on target, as zero of nine combined first-half attempts were on goal.
The second half saw Appalachian goalkeeper Danny Free (Doncaster, England/Hall Cross School) make the first save of the game on a shot by ETSU’s leading scorer, Aaron Schoenfeld. The Bucs out-shot the Black and Gold by a 7-2 margin in the half, but ASU’s defense was back to its usual formidable form.
After regulation time ended scoreless, the teams went to overtime, when Schoenfeld again recorded the only shot on goal in the period, while Free picked up another save.
It was little more than a minute into the second overtime period when Sean Dreybus (Newport News, Va./Warwick) took the ball deep into the corner and served a cross into the middle. Dodge connected and sent the ball into the upper left corner for his second goal—and second game-winner—of the season.
With his pair of saves in net, Free preserved his seventh shutout of the season, tying the program record. Toure finished with a team-high four shots, trailing only the five of ETSU’s Schoenfeld.
The Mountaineers now turn their attention back to Davidson, as the Wildcats handed the Apps a 3-0 loss in ASU’s SoCon regular-season finale. The two squads will face each other in the final game of the quarterfinal round, scheduled for Sunday at 7 p.m. at Davidson’s Alumni Stadium.
Men’s Golf Wins Hummingbird Intercollegiate Title
On the strength of the best team round in program history, Appalachian State University men’s golf powered from seventh place Tuesday morning to win the Hummingbird Intercollegiate, 292-273=565 (-3).
Sophomore Casey Komline (Dorset, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy) led the Apps with a third-place finish at 73-65=138 (-4). His 65 on Tuesday was the lowest of any player at the event, the lowest of his career and ties the lowest round ever by a Mountaineer.His round included an eagle on the Country Club of Sapphire Valley’s sixth hole. The Dorset, Vt. native also holed 10 birdies at the event.
Dustin Hudson (Hildebran, N.C./East Burke) followed with a 73-70=143 (+1) to tie for 11th place with newcomer John Michael Cole (Fayetteville, N.C./Cape Fear). Cole finished with a 75-68=143, including an eagle of his own. The sophomore also led the 92-player field in par-3 scoring with a 2.75 average on the course’s short holes.
Josh Nichols (Kernersville, N.C./Salem Baptist Christian) carded a 71-76=147 (+5) to tie for 31st and Darren Cook (Boone, N.C./Watauga) shot a 78-70=148 (+6) for 38th.
Competing as an individual, Daniel Walsh (Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes) finished 63rd with a 76-76=152 (+10).
ASU won by two strokes over second-place UAB, while Gardner-Webb surrendered its first-round lead to finish third, eight strokes behind the Apps.
GWU’s Kristopher Gray held on for the individual medal at 67-68=135 (-7), two strokes ahead of UAB’s Paul Dunne.
From the Southern Conference, Furman placed fourth at 583 (+15), Samford and host Western Carolina tied for eighth at 586 (+18), Wofford finished 11th at 592 (+24) and Elon rounded out the league in 14th with a 596 (+28).
The win is the Mountaineers’ first since last spring’s Don Benbow North-South Invitational. ASU’s previous best team round was 281, which the team had shot three times, and as recently as 2009.
Head coach Bill Dicus’ squad wraps up the fall next week on Nov. 8-9 at the Stetson University Invitational at DeLand, Fla.’s Victoria Hills Country Club.
Mountaineers Ranked 14th by CollegeInsider.com
Appalachian State women's basketball has been ranked No. 14 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Women's Top 25 poll, which was released earlier today.
The Mountaineers, who enter the 2011-12 season as the defending Southern Conference regular season champions, are the highest ranked SoCon team in the Mid-Major Poll.
A total of four of Appalachian's 2011-12 opponents were ranked in the poll. Samford, which won the 2011 SoCon Tournament, was ranked No. 25 while Chattanooga, Gardner-Webb and East Tennessee State all received votes.
ASU opens the regular season at Virginia on Nov. 11 and plays its first home game against ETSU on Nov. 21. The Mountaineers also have one other ranked opponent on their schedule as Georgia was ranked No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll.
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Preseason Top 25
1.Green Bay (23) 755 Horizon League
2.Gonzaga (3) 686 West Coast
3.Marist (1) 637 Metro Atlantic
4.Princeton 601 Ivy League
5.Toledo (4) 600 Mid-American
6.Bowling Green 523 Mid-American
7.Middle Tennessee 505 Sun Belt
8.Florida Gulf Coast 489 Atlantic Sun
9.Northern Iowa 452 Missouri Valley
10.Delaware 403 Colonial Athletic
11.Hampton 339 Mid-Eastern Athletic
12.James Madison 334 Colonial Athletic
13.Missouri State 310 Missouri Valley
14.Appalachian State 290 Southern
15.Arkansas Little Rock 275 Sun Belt
16.Tennessee Tech 268 Ohio Valley
17.Oral Roberts 262 Summit
18.McNeese State 207 Southland
19.VCU 190 Colonial Athletic
20.Liberty 162 Big South
21.UMBC 150 America East
22.Lamar 113 Southland
23.Illinois State 110 Missouri Valley
24.Central Michigan 104 Mid-American
25.Samford 97 Southern
Appalachian Wrestling Conducts Black & Gold Meet
Appalachian State wrestling conducted its final tune-up before the regular season at the Black & Gold Meet on Tuesday evening at Varsity Gym. The Mountaineers’ best wrestlers hit the mat for intrasquad competition to try to secure their place among the Apps’ starting ten.
The dual-meet format pit wrestlers against each other in a battle of Black vs. Gold. Head coach JohnMark Bentley will use Tuesday’s outcomes as a factor in determining his wrestlers in dual meet and tournament competition.
The Mountaineers will hold their first home meet on Sunday, Nov. 13, as they host Anderson and Belmont Abbey in duals at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, in Varsity Gym.
125-Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) dec. Tony Gravely (Martinsville, Va./Magna Vista), 11-6
133-Chris Johnson (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) dec. Brett Boston (Morganton, N.C./Freedom), 9-4
141-Acton Pifer (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) dec. Kyle Benson (Morganton, N.C./Robert L. Patton), 6-5
149-Savva Kostis (Boone, N.C./Watauga) dec. Russ Benner (Roselle Park, N.J./Roselle Park), 6-2
157-Zack Strickland (Muncy, Pa./Muncy) dec. Chip Powell (Greensboro, N.C./S.W. Guilford), 3-1 (SV-1)
165-Kyle Blevins (Sapulpa, Okla./Sapulpa) MD Nick Vetell (Trinity, N.C./Trinity), 18-6
174-Colin Hedash (Slatington, Pa./Northern Lehigh) dec. Carter Downs (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter Christian), 5-2
184-Austin Trotman (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) dec. Jesse Johnson (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson), 9-2
197-Paul Weiss (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas HS) dec. Jon Hartley (Lenior, N.C./South Caldwell), 6-1
285-Brock Durfee (Sherrills Ford, N.C./Bandys) dec. Joe Cummings (Valley Cottage, N.Y./Nyack HS), 5-1
Women’s Tennis Holds Special Olympics Clinic
On Tuesday, Appalachian women’s tennis players volunteered their time to instruct and practice with members of the Watauga County Special Olympics team at the ASU Tennis Complex.
Three Olympians-Stacy, Chris and Clyde-came to campus to make their final preparation before the Special Olympics North Carolina tournament on November 11-13.
Senior Blakeley Bean (Alpharetta, Ga./South Forsyth) organized the event with the help of Special Olympics county coordinator Keron Poteat. Special Olympics coach Paul Krause was on hand to provide instruction, while Christina Calott (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell), Gabriela Celi (Orlando, Fla. /Lake Howell), Ellie Linsell (Southampton) and Jessica Thaggard (Acworth, Ga./Etowah) played with and coached the Olympians.