Written by Brandon McGinnis
Saturday, 20 October 2012 10:23
Appalachian State University women’s soccer fell victim to two late second half goals, as the Mountaineers were defeated 3-2 to The Citadel Friday night at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex. With the loss, the Black and Gold falls to 8-7-1
on the season and 4-3-1 in the league play as the Bulldogs improve to 5-10-1 overall and 3-5-1 in the Southern Conference.
The Apps found chances in the early minutes, but were unable to capitalize as freshmen Samantha Childress and Kebrina Keys both had open shots, but fired them over the crossbar. The Citadel took advantage of Appalachian’s missed opportunities and got on the scoreboard first in the 18th minute. Bulldog forward Jannel Johnson received a through ball from Grace Raines and put the ball past freshman goalkeeper Megan Roberson for her fourth goal on the year.
The Apps responded quickly in the 20th minute as Childress fired a 20-yard shot over the head of Bulldog goalkeeper Sarah Katchen to even the score at 1-1. For Childress, the goal was her fifth goal of the season. The Cadets’ front line kept the pressure on the App State defense throughout the remaining minutes of the opening half, tallying seven shots on goal. The Citadel’s Vanessa Aponte finished the first 45 minutes with four shots on goal, which lead the team.
Sophomore forward Jamie Lockie came off the bench in the 56th minute and provided instant offense, receiving a throw in and feeding a pass to forward Julia Holz, catching the Bulldog defense by surprise. The streaking Holz fired a shot past Katchen, placing the ball in the upper right corner for her seventh goal of the season and took Appalachian’s first lead of the match. After the goal, Katchen was replaced by freshman Samantha Millspaugh.
In the 77th minute, the Bulldogs evened the score when the Mountaineer backline tried to clear the ball, but were unable to knock it clear from The Citadel’s Anastasia Mesa. Mesa collected the ball and fed a short pass to Mariana Garcia who notched her team-leading 13th goal of the season.
The Bulldogs took their lead in the 81st minutes when they were awarded their third and final corner of the night. Ruth Leiva sent the towering cross into the box and found the feet of Johnson. Johnson collected the ball and scooted a shot past Roberson for the game-winner and her second goal of the match.
Despite the Mountaineers out shooting the Bulldogs 17-15, the Cadets were able to trouble Roberson 10 times, compared to App State’s six shots on goal, with Childress leading the team with two.
“We saw a lot of players come in and make an impact tonight,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “But The Citadel stayed disciplined with their system and kept at it. They found opportunities and had some great finishes. We definitely need to look forward to Sunday now.”
The Mountaineers return to the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex on Sunday, Oct. 21 for senior day to honor the four seniors on this season’s roster. The Apps will face College of Charleston as kickoff is set for 2 p.m.