|Mountaineers Make History, Down Wofford|
|Written by Ben Winterrowd|
|Wednesday, 16 October 2013 07:20|
A record attendance of 1,160 soccer fans at the Appalachian Soccer Stadium on Tuesday night and the Mountaineers didn't t disappoint the large turnout.
Appalachian State (3-3-6, 1-2-1) defeated Wofford (7-5-1, 3-1-0) 3-2 to give the previously unbeaten Terriers their first loss in Southern Conference play and the Mountaineers their first. The game also marked the most goals the Mountaineers have scored in a game since September 6 against UNC Asheville in a 5-0 rout.
The Apps would strike first in the eighth minute of the game when Stanley Broaden crossed the ball in front of the goal line and Kojo Thompson was able to finish it off for his first goal of the season and an early 1-0 lead.
The Terriers would answer back in the 27th minute when Nestor Jaramillo took a free kick and a rebound off of a Danny Free save would pop back to Nick Orton would would find the back of the net to tie the score at 1-1. Free (3-2-6) made six huge saves in the effort.
Both teams would head to the locker room deadlocked at 1-1. Wofford held the advantage in shots throughout the first 45 minutes by a six to three advantage.
In the second half, it wouldn’t take App State long to get their lead back. In the 47th minute Stephen Chapman stole the ball at the top of the 18 and dribbled into the box beating the keeper to the right to give the Apps a 2-1 lead. It was the third goal of the season for Chapman.
A little over one minute later in the 49th minute the Mountaineers would strike again. Alex Herbst flicked on a free kick to allow Harrison Delbridge a clean shot on net and he took advantage. Delbridge blasted his third goal of the season past Garrett Closs who received the start for Wofford in net. Closs (4-5-0) made one save on the night.
With a 3-1 lead in the 81st minute the Terriers would be awarded a penalty kick on an apparent hand ball. Jaramillo would convert for the Terriers and draw the score to 3-2.
Appalachian State would hang on, however, and get a good result in conference play. Wofford outshot Appalachian 17 to eight on the night, but the Mountaineers made the most of their chances. In total, 37 fouls were called and nine yellow cards were dished out.
The Mountaineers will now travel to Georgia Southern on Saturday for another conference matchup. Kick off from Statesboro, Ga. is set for 7 p.m.
Photo Courtesy: Trey Hemphill, App State Athletics
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