ASU men's soccer falls, women pick up win
by Staff Reports
Appalachian State's men's soccer fell to High Point 2-0 in the Mountaineers' final exhibition game of the preseason.
The game was slow to get started with most of the action in the middle of the field. As the game went on, App State and High Point became extremely physical in their style of play. There were 27 total fouls were dished out in the contest - 14 for the Mountaineers and 13 for the Panthers.
High Point scored in the 62nd minute on a free kick by Austin Yearwood on the right side just outside the box. Yearwood's shot grazed the head of an Appalachian player, but it still bent around and found the left side of the net beating Paul West - who got the nod in goal from Mountaineers head coach Matt Nelson.
High Point put the game out of reach with a score in the 88th minute off the foot of Chris Ramsell from about 30-yards out. Ramsell's shot was a rocket that that a diving West couldn't get a hand on.
Yearwood led the Panthers with three shots - all of which were on target, including his goal. Harrison Delbridge led the Mountaineers with four shots - three that were on goal.
High Point held a 9-8 advantage in shots. West made four saves for the Mountaineers, while Ryan Massey also made four saves while earning the shutout for the Panthers.
Appalachian State opens its regular season at 7 p.m. Friday against Marshall at Appalachian Soccer Stadium.
Appalachian State won its season opener 2-1 over East Tennessee State Friday night.
Appalachian State's women's soccer team won its season opener on Friday night by defeating ETSU 2-1 - the first season opening win since 2007.
Appalachian State's Julia Holz struck early in the game by scoring in the eighth minute of the match. Holz was on the receiving end of a great through ball from Sam Neill in the right side of the box and was able to beat ETSU keeper Jasmine Elliot going to her right.
Holz also lead the team in shots with four.
App State would strike again right before the half on a Aubrey Fletcher cross from the left endline and was able to challenge the keeper and squeak it to Kebrina Keys, who from the turf was able to punch it in to give Appalachian a 2-0 advantage.
The Mountaineers looked good early with a back line that wasn't allowing much past them. Amy Werdine, Logan White, Jaclyn Nieradka and Nicole Steyl were the starters on defense and set the tone early that it would be tough to get behind them.
The defense stood strong well into the second half before allowing the only goal of the game for ETSU on a score by Ellis Parsons.
Megan Roberson controlled the net for the Mountaineers and was strong throughout earning her first win of the season. Roberson made three saves on the night.
The Mountaineers topped the Buccaneers in shots 15-14. App State had seven shots goal, while East Tennessee State settled for four.