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Appalachian Blanks Davidson, 2-0 PDF Print
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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.
The win avenges the Apps’ 3-0 loss to the Wildcats

in the Black and Gold’s final SoCon game, and earns the Mountaineers a spot in Friday’s semifinals in Boone.
“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.


Seven Mountaineers Place At Hokie Open


In the team's first competition of the year, Appalachian State wrestling was represented by 17 wrestlers at the Hokie Open, hosted by Virginia Tech, on Sunday. Seven Mountaineers were place-winners at the event, including 184-pound champion Austin Trotman (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor).
The fourth edition of the annual event featured hundreds wrestlers from more than 20 college teams from around the region and as far as Colorado Springs (Air Force).
“All in all, I feel like we wrestled pretty well,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “We competed hard, showed some hustle and proved that we can compete. We made some mistakes that we need to fix back in the training room, but we had a pretty good performance today.”
Trotman survived a tough semifinal opponent in Virginia Tech's John Dickson but pulled through with a 5-3 decision. In the final, the senior defeated Newberry's Mitch Brown, 10-3, to cap a 4-0 day and take the Apps' only title.
Redshirt freshman Dominic Parisi (Harrisburg, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) picked up three straight wins to advance to the 125-pound final before he was edged by Virginia Tech's Ty Mitch, 4-3, to pick up a runner-up finish.
At 141 pounds, Mike Kessler (Bay City, Mich./Western) suffered a quarterfinal loss, 4-0, to The Citadel's Khishignyam Undrakhbayar, but the senior rebounded with three more wins before taking third place with a forfeit win in the wrestle-back final.
Senior Kyle Blevins (Sapulpa, Okla./Sapulpa) advanced to the semifinal with three major decisions, but UNC's Kyle Kiss earned a 3-2 decision to relegate the senior to the lower bracket. The defending Southern Conference champion recovered to win his last two bouts for third place at 165 pounds.
Sophomore Chris Johnson (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) made a nice run to the 133 pound semifinals but lost three-straight bouts to slip to sixth-place on the day.
ASU's final place-winner was Chip Powell (Greensboro, N.C./S.W. Guilford) at 157 pounds. The senior bounced back from a quarterfinal loss to win two bouts in the consolation bracket, including his pin of NC State's Mardel Gabriel. Powell was eventually eliminated by UNC's Corey Mock and was edged in his final bout to earn sixth place.
The Mountaineers return home on Sunday, Nov. 13 for their only home competition of the fall. Appalachian hosts Anderson at 1 p.m. and Belmont Abbey at 3 p.m. in their only Boone meet until January.


Martin Named To NorPac All-Tournament Team


Senior Hannah Martin was tagged by the NorPac conference on Sunday as a member of the 2011 all-tournament team.
Martin scored her first career goal this season against Davidson on October 26 and recorded a career-high two assists in the 2011 campaign.
The Chapel Hill, N.C. native finishes her career for the Black and Gold with one goal, four assists, and six points.  Martin helped anchor the Mountaineers defensive line with five career defensive saves.  She is also a two-time NHFCA national academic squad honoree.


2011 All-Tournament Team


Maddie Hand (California) MVP
Lara Kruggel (California)
Deanna Kennedy (California)
Allie Swartz (California)
Becky Dru (Stanford)
Alex McCawley (Stanford)
Stephanie Byrne (Stanford)
Stacey de Grandhomme (Longwood)
Steph Meador (Davidson)
Robin Nelson (Pacific)
Casey Wollbrinck (UC Davis)
Courtney Poole (Radford)
Hannah Martin (Appalachian State)





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