|Appalachian Blanks Davidson, 2-0|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Monday, 07 November 2011 07:38|
Junior Boubacar Toure (Atlanta, Ga./Georgia Perimeter College) scored two late goals for the Mountaineers as fifth-seeded Appalachian State men’s soccer (10-4-4) defeated host, and No. 4 seed Davidson (8-8-3) by a score of 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Championship Tournament at Alumni Stadium on Sunday night.
“Any elimination game is going to be a battle,” noted head coach Matt Nelson. “Davidson is an extremely tough and dangerous team. Both of our teams had chances, and they couldn’t capitalize on theirs, while we were able to put ours away.”
Both teams looked tight in the first half, as it took over 15 minutes for Sean Dreybus (Newport News, Va./Warwick) to tally the first shot of the game. Appalachian out-shot the Wildcats, 7-6, in the opening stanza but the teams entered the break deadlocked at 0-0.
In the second half, numerous Davidson shots threatened Appalachian’s chances. The Wildcats opened the period with seven unanswered shots and two corner kicks. ASU sophomore Danny Free (Doncaster, England/Hall Cross School) made several exciting saves to keep the teams level.
Midway through the period, DC’s Chris Pettiglio recovered the ball inside the box and launched it towards the goal, sailing over the crossbar by mere inches. With 21 minutes to play, Allen Page earned a clear look at the net, but his header also missed high, allowing a moment to breathe for the Appalachian fans present.
With under ten minutes to play, ASU defender Mark Bridges (Morganton, N.C./East Burke) served a long ball down the right side for Toure. Toure recovered and shook the final defender to put himself in a one-on-one with Davidson keeper Chip Sanders. A feint by Toure sealed the deal, as the forward circumnavigated the goalie and chipped his shot into the net from close range to earn the 1-0 lead.
With the Wildcats scrambling, the Davidson defense pushed up, allowing the Appalachian forwards several opportunities to penetrate deep. With under three minutes remaining, an ASU attack was broken up illegally, earning a penalty kick for the Mountaineers.
Toure took the honors, and despite the jeers of several hundred Davidson fans, he calmly struck his shot into the left side, icing the game and a 2-0 victory.
Appalachian’s Free had eight saves in net and set a new ASU record with eight shutouts on the year. As a team, the Mountaineers have recorded 11 shutouts total, beating the previous school best of 9.
Toure led the Mountaineers with six shots on the day. Dreybus, Lee Rutter (Nottingham, England/South Nottingham), and Sekani Sinclair (Parkland, Fla./Marjory Stoneman Douglas) each posted two shots in the game.
Appalachian will now host UNCG in the tournament semifinal on Friday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.
“This season, we’ve come together as a group and played as a team,” continued Nelson. “It is a big help to be able to play home games from here.”
The semifinals and championship game will be hosted by Appalachian State at ASU Soccer Stadium at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex in Boone, N.C.
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