The Appalachian State University mens soccer team closed out exhibition play by knocking off High Point University 1-0 on Saturday. Junior Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) scored on a penalty kick with time running out.
The Mountaineers close the 2014 preseason schedule with a perfect 3-0 record.
Its always nice to finish our preseason with a perfect record, said head coach Matt Nelson. The team worked extremely hard tonight against a very good High Point team and we were able to grind out a great result on the road. We need to realize that come next weekend the games will begin to count, however, we will go into the season with confidence and will do everything we can to build off the past three games.
Alex Herbst was awarded a penalty kick with four seconds remaining in regulation from a handball off of a free kick. The goal for Herbst was his first of the preseason.
Goalkeeper Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) earned his first shutout of the preseason while making five saves and playing the entire game.
Sophomore Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) led the Apps with four shots, including one on goal. Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) both finished with two shots a piece and Herbst, senior Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg) and freshman Jeremy Tshongo (Hamersley, Western Australia) each tallied a shot.
Overall, High Point outshot the Mountaineers 15 to 11 and created four corner kick opportunities to App States two.
Appalachian will now have a few days before they hit the road to Harrisonburg, Va. for the James Madison Invitational. The Mountaineers will play Albany in their season opener on Friday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.