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Early Goals Propel App State Past Eagles PDF Print
Written by Ben Winterrowd   
Saturday, 05 October 2013 11:21

Appalachian State University women’s soccer was able to remain unbeaten in conference after picking up its first win in Southern Conference play at Georgia Southern on Friday night, 3-1 to move to 1-0-2 in Southern Conference play and 4-4-2 overall this season. The Mountaineers were able to get two goals on the board early against the Eagles and set the tone for the rest of the game.

A Georgia native, Julia Holz, would put App State on the board early on in the 13th minute. Samantha Childress sent a long ball up to Jane Cline who was able to flick it over to Holz who was able to connect on her fourth goal of the season.

Nearly one minute later in the 15th minute Childress would connect on her fifth goal of the season, matching her career-high for goals in a season, on an assist from Merlin Beckwith that would give the Mountaineers a 2-0 advantage in the opening 15 minutes of play.

The 2-0 score would hold for the remaining 30 minutes of the first half and the Mountaineers would head to the locker room with a nice lead.

Georgia Southern would get on the board early in the second half in the 54th minute when Nora El-Shami sent a cross into the box that Alex Murphy was able to get a head on and put past Megan Roberson to draw the Eagles to within one goal.

Roberson made the start for Sarah Strickland’s squad and would make two saves on the evening and allow just the one goal to earn the winning decision to move to 3-3-2 on the season.

With a 2-1 advantage, the Mountaineers were able to strike once more. Jaclyn Nieradka took a corner kick and sent the ball in perfectly for Aubrey Fletcher to get a foot on it and flick the ball past Molly Williams to put the Apps up 3-1 in the match. The goal for Fletcher was her first of the season.

Williams would receive the starting nod in net for the Eagles and make two saves and allow three goals on the night.

Georgia Southern would hold the advantage in shots 17-13 with the Mountaineers putting five of them on target to the Eagles four. Corner kicks went to the Eagles by a 9-5 tally, but the Mountaineers were the ones that made one count on Fletcher’s goal.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Sunday when they travel to Davidson. It will mark the fourth game of conference play for App State, who is looking to build on its three match unbeaten streak in SoCon play. Kick off is set for 2 p.m.


Photo Courtesy: Julia Holz, App State Athletics

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