The Appalachian State University mens soccer moved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 2-1 victory over Campbell on Sunday evening. The Mountaineers defeated UNC Asheville on Friday afternoon in their first exhibition game of the fall.
Two games and two good performances, said head coach Matt Nelson. The performance has gotten better than it was in the first game. Definite improvement and we can get better by putting all of our chances away.
Appalachian and Campbell played to a 0-0 first half with both teams tied with six shots a piece. The Mountaineers created more scoring chances, however.
App State turned it on in the second half and dominated for almost all 45 minutes. Early in the half in the 50th minute, Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) put a great strike on a ball about 20 yards out to put the Mountaineers up 1-0. Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) assisted on the goal with a good set up for Chapman.
I actually saw the ball drop and Trey set it up for me to get a good strike on it. Im happy I was able to put it away, said Chapman.
Hemphill would set up another teammate in the 72nd minute. After a corner was sent back out of the box, Hemphill was able to send in another cross to the back post. The ball connected with Ben Steens (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) head and Steen was able to beat the Campbells Jeff Madigan.
The Camels cut the deficit to one on an inadvertent hand ball in the box to set up a penalty kick. Pepe Rangel would convert to make the score 2-1 Mountaineers.
We kept the momentum going from the last game, said Chapman. It was an all around great game, especially in the second half. I felt like we controlled the play for most of the half.
The Mountaineers did just that. In the second half, the Apps tallied seven shots and four corner kicks and kept the play in the Camels half of the field. Chapman led the team with four shots, while Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) tallied two and Steen, Hemphill, Mason McCarter (Shelby, N.C./Shelby) and Walker White (Frisco, Texas/Justin Wakeland) tallied one each.
Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) saw the majority of playing time in goal for the Apps and made two saves, while Holland Hammond (Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville) came in and played the rest of the match.
App State will play one more exhibition game before beginning the regular season. The Mountaineers will play at High Point on Saturday, Aug. 23 to close the preseason before the season opener against Albany on Friday, Aug. 29.
Photo Courtesy: Stephen Chapman, App State Athletics