The Appalachian State University women’s soccer kicked off the 2014 season with a bang on Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Elon.




“It was a great effort by the entire group,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “Elon is a very disciplined and well coached team that we have consistently battled with over the years.”


The Mountaineers scored three goals in the second half en route to the victory. Merlin Beckwith (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) scored two goals in the game for just the second time in her career. Beckwith scored two goals on Oct. 25 last season in a 9-3 rout of The Citadel.


Beckwith’s first goal was played in by Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Beckwith was able to get a shot off from about 10 yards out. Her second goal was played in by Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) and ripped from about 20 yards to put the Mountaineers up 3-0.


In between both of Beckwith’s tallies was Tully’s header goal from a Nicole Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) corner kick. Tully’s goal gave the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead and proved to be the game-winner.


“Merlin scored a pair of amazing goals and Lindsey was outstanding in the back,” said Strickland. “I am very proud of the opportunities we created and the organization of our team as a unit. It was a great first win in the Sun Belt Conference and we are very proud of the effort the team put forth today.”


Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) received the bulk of the playing time and didn’t have to make a save. Amy Kolowsky (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) came in as relief for Roberson late in the second half.

Elon cut the lead to 3-1 with a goal from Julie Hibberd in the 90th minute.


App State and Elon both tied with eight shots a piece. Of App’s eight shots, six were on target. Elon created 11 corner kicks to the Mountaineers’ four.


Appalachian will have a few days before traveling to ETSU on Thursday, Aug. 28 for its second game of the season. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.