Appalachian State University men’s soccer earned its fifth shutout of the season, as sophomore defender Patrick Harrow scored in the 24th minute to give the Mountaineers the 1-0 victory over Binghamton Friday evening at the UNCW
With the win over the Bearcats in the first ever meeting between the teams, the Apps improve to 4-1-1 on the season, as the Bearcats drop to 2-4.
After a back-and-forth start in the first half, Binghamton committed a foul outside the 18-yard box. Harrow took the free kick and scored off the post, past BU’s goalkeeper Stefano Frantelizzi. For Harrow, it was his first collegiate goal of his career.
The backline continued to shine, as the Bearcats fired 13 shots for the match, including five on goal. Senior Lee Williams saved the match in the 81st minute when he cleared a shot by Binghamton’s Steven Celeste that beat senior goalkeeper, Danny Free.
Free earned his third victory of the season, totaling five saves for the match. The junior has allowed just one goal and 13 saves in five matches this season.
The Black and Gold fired 10 shots in the match, including three that troubled Frantelizzi. Harrow, along with sophomore Stanley Broaden and freshman Mason McCarter, recorded shots on goal. The Mountaineers will be back in action in the final day of the UNCW Hilton Garden Inn Classic against Saint Mary’s this morning. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m.
ASU Women's Soccer Knocks Off UNC Asheville 4-2
Appalachian State University women’s soccer captured its third victory of the season, as sophomore Julia Holz led the Mountaineers with two goals and an assist en route to a 4-2 win over UNC Asheville Friday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
With the victory, App State moves to 3-4 on the season before moving into Southern Conference play next week. UNC Asheville falls to 2-5. The match got off to a fast start in the opening half as the Bulldogs struck first in the eighth minute. Asheville’s Amanda Knapp received a pass off a free kick from Ferriss Roberts and scored past Appalachian goalkeeper Amy Kolowsky. The goal was Knapp’s second of the season.
The Apps responded quickly after Asheville’s opening goal as sophomore forward Jenna Caudle found the back of the net from a free kick pass off the foot of Holz. For Caudle, it was her second of the season. The teams went into halftime with 1-1 deadlock, as the Appalachian offense came alive to start the second half. Senior midfielder Meggie Graham got on the scoresheet in the 50th minute when she received a pass from Caudle. Graham’s shot beat Asheville goalkeeper Heather Muller for her first of the season.
Holz followed Graham’s goal with a score of her own in the 60th minute, firing a 10-yard shot past Muller. The Bulldogs fought themselves back into the match in the 83rd minute when Shenny Lenhart scored past freshman Megan Roberson, who came in to start the second half, for her second of the season. Lenhart settled a pass from Paige Trent to make the score, 3-2.
The Apps closed out the match when Holz added a late insurance goal in the 88th minute. Holz nabbed a pass from Caudle and found a seam in the Asheville backline to score her second of the match. Head coach Sarah Strickland sent 25 on to the field today in the victory, as the Apps outshot the Bulldogs, 20-9, highlighted by 14 shots in the second half.
“We got to go deep in the roster today and we closed out the last five minutes, which was really important,” Strickland said. “It wasn’t an individual effort; it was a whole group victory.”
Roberson earned her third victory of the season, stopping one shot. Kolowsky played a solid opening half, tallying four saves.
The Mountaineers will begin SoCon play on Friday, Sept. 21 when they host UNC Greensboro. Kickoff from the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex is set for 7 p.m.
Photo Courtesy: Patrick Harrow, ASU Athletics