Appalachian State University womens soccer played its final game of the preseason on Saturday afternoon.The Mountaineers tied the Panthers of High Point, 1-1. The Apps and Panthers played three, 30 minute periods on Saturday.
I thought High Point was extremely organized and they were high pressuring, said head coach Sarah Strickland. I thought they did a great job at unbalancing our team and created problems that we had to solve. It was nice to get out and have to do that on the fly and under pressure.
App State would strike first in the contest with a Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) penalty kick goal halfway through the second 30 minute period.
Jane Cline was outstanding up top, said coach Strickland. Nicole Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) had a great game again coming out of the back and Sarah Moon (Cornelius, N.C./W.A. Hough) did a great job coming off the bench and impacting the game.
We were really excited about playing at home, said Cline. We were pretty hyped in the locker room before the game and come out on our own turf and play High Point. We brought a lot of intensity and came out strong.
Just 12 minutes into the third period, High Points Becca Rolfe struck a blast from 30 yards out to tie the game for the Panthers.
The Mountaineers created lots of chances and outshot the Panthers six to five with five of those shots coming on goal.
The shots from Appalachian were spread throughout the team with six different players recording one. Cline, Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth), Kebrina Keys (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County), Leah Drawdy (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) and Jenna Caudle (Middletown, Md./Middletown) all recorded shots on goal, while Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) was the other Mountaineer to record a shot.
App State will now have close to a week of practice before its first game of the regular season at Elon on Sunday, Aug. 24.