The Appalachian State University women’s soccer team used a hat trick from Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth), including her golden goal in the first overtime period to down the Liberty Flames, 4-3, in overtime Sunday.




“Liberty is a great program and they’re well coached and disciplined,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “The win is huge for us and shows how far we have come in five years as a program. To be able to compete and show grit and come from two goals down and win is great.”


The Mountaineers (2-1-0) found themselves down early after a goal from Alanna Dunkle in the 15th minute put the Flames in front, 1-0.


Nearly 20 minutes later, Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) tied the score at 1-1 by dribbling into the box and beating the Flames’ keeper, Holly Van Noord, to her right. The assist on the goal went to Morgan Fancher (The Colony, Texas/The Colony).


With the game tied at 1-1 at halftime, the Flames erupted for two goals in an eight-minute span to take a 3-1 lead. Sami Santos scored in the 49th minute from just inside the 18-yard box.; Crystal Elmers scored four minutes later for the Flames.


But from that point on, Childress put on a clinic. The junior cut the lead to 3-2 with a beautiful goal on a ball played in by Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton). Just 56 seconds later, Childress would strike again on a great touch in front of the net on a cross from Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) to tie the match at 3-3.


Childress finished things off with her game-winning goal at the 99-minute mark of the game.


“Julia played me a great ball and we were on on the counter," Childress said. "The goalkeeper made a decision to retreat and I decided to chip the ball over her.”


“Sam Childress truly put the team on her shoulders and found a way to put things away,” said Strickland. “I thought the forwards looked great. Sam’s composure in front of the net was untouchable.”


Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) played the first half and overtime period and made three saves, while allowing just the one goal. Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) played the second half and turned away one shot.


App State out shot Liberty, 16-13. Of those 16 shots, 11 were on goal. The Mountaineers also created six corner kick opportunities to the Flames’ five.


Appalachian travels to Morehead State Friday for a 6 p.m. game, and to Marshall next Sunday for a noon kick-off.



Men’s Soccer Falls to Vermont, 3-1



The Appalachian State University men’s soccer team fell to the Vermont Catamounts 3-1 on Sunday.


“We played very well. We created more opportunities through the run of play and fell asleep on three set pieces,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “It was pretty uncharacteristic of our team in that aspect, but there are definitely positives to take out of this game. A majority of our team played and played well. Once we find a way to put 90 minutes together we will be difficult to beat.”


The Mountaineers (0-1-1) scored first at the 18-minute mark on a goal by Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg). Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) tapped a ball off a free kick to Harrow, who scored from the left side to give the Apps an early 1-0 advantage.


Vermont eventually tied things up just before halftime. Teddy Gula of the Catamounts scored off a corner kick at the 39-minute mark to tie the game at 1-1. Just one minute later, Vermont scored to take the lead on a goal by Nile Walwyn, thanks to a bad clearing pass by the Mountaineers off of another corner kick.


The Catamounts picked up an insurance goal in the 76th minute when Brian Wright took advantage of a turnover and scored on a breakaway for a 3-1 lead.


Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) started for the Mountaineers in goal and made six saves on the afternoon. Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) led the team in shots with five, including two on goal. Harrow had two shots, including his goal earlier in the game.


Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley), Austin Stamey (Arden, N.C./T.C. Roberson) and Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) all tallied shots for the Apps. Vermont outshot Appalachian, 19-10, and the Catamounts had a 9-3 edge in corner kicks.


App State travels to Navy on Friday and UMBC on Sunday. Kick off against Navy Friday night is set for 7 p.m. They play UMBC Sunday at 1 p.m.



Photo Courtesy: Samantha Childress, App State Athletics