Sunday's High Country Sports Update.... (2018-10-14 15:07:04)

Men's Soccer Rallies With Two Second-Half Goals to Stun No. 22 Coastal Carolina 2-1

CONWAY, S.C. -- Appalachian State University men's soccer (7-3-2) secured its first victory over No. 22 Coastal Carolina since 2011 behind second-half strikes from Austin Hill and Alex Hernandez. The Mountaineers battled back from a goal down in the second half to stun the ranked Chanticleers 2-1. Saturday's defeat was Coastal Carolina's first Sun Belt loss since its conference opener in 2017. 

"It was a great Sun Belt road win today," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "It was a complete team effort and execution of a game plan. CCU is the two-time conference champion for a reason, and they are very good and asked a ton from us today." 

After Coastal Carolina seized a 1-0 advantage in the 71st minute, the Black and Gold responded with a pair of scores in less than ten minutes. Hill knotted the game at 1-1 in the 76th minute with Juan Hernandez tallying the assist. Less than two minutes later, Alex netted the game-winner.

The Black and Gold's defense held firm after the second goal, allowing only one off-target shot in the game's final ten minutes. App State also withstood 11 Chanticleers' corner kicks throughout the match.

Jake Chasteen made three pivotal saves, including two in a scoreless first half. The Chanticleers tallied 16 total shots, but only four landed on target.

App State fired eight total shots, four in each half. All eight shots for the Mountaineers came from different student-athletes. 

Both Hill and Alex started Saturday's game on the bench, giving the Mountaineers the crucial spark they needed to notch the victory. Hill and Alex both recorded their second goals of the season.

The Mountaineers have tallied two of more goals on the road four times in 2018. Appalachian's win in Conway was also its first Sun Belt victory since Oct. 8, 2016, against Howard. 

"I was very proud of the resiliency the group showed in battling back after a tough result Wednesday," O'Keefe said. "We will recover and get ready for another great test Wednesday versus Elon." 

App State returns home to host in-state foe Elon on Wednesday at 7 p.m. 

Mountaineers Upended at UT Arlington

- Appalachian State volleyball dropped a 25-19, 25-18, 25-14 decision at UT Arlington on Saturday evening.

Emma Longley tallied a team-high six kills for the Mountaineers (13-7, 5-3 SBC), while adding four digs. Grace Morrison added five kills and Melissa McMath finished with four. 

Emma Reilly recorded a team-high 14 digs, with Sydney Hinds chipping in with seven. Jana Owens dished out 18 assists and added five digs for the Black and Gold.

A kill from Daryn Armstrong in the opening set gave App State an early 5-4 advantage. The Mavericks (12-7, 6-3 SBC) responded and took a 10-7 lead, only to see the Mountaineers win the next five points to open a 12-10 advantage. From there, UTA would use a 10-1 run to build a 20-13 lead, eventually winning the opening frame 25-19.

The Mountaineers opened an early 2-1 lead in Set 2, but UT Arlington scored eight of the next nine points to take a 9-3 edge. App State would pull within five points at 14-9, but could get no closer, dropping the second frame 25-18.

In the third frame, the Mavericks raced out to a 11-2 lead and never looked back en route to 25-14 victory, to complete the sweep.

Appalachian State will return to action on Friday, hosting Coastal Carolina inside the Holmes Center at 5 p.m. in a key Sun Belt East Division showdown.
No. 16 Red Hawks top Pioneers, Sun Chiefs at Fall Bash
HANCEVILLE, Ala. — The 16th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team made it two wins in two matches against Division I teams during day two of the Wallace State Fall Bash on Saturday.
The Red Hawks defeated Coastal Alabama-South and Spartanburg Methodist in the final day of the Fall Bash, improving to 21-8 overall on the season.
No. 16 Catawba Valley 3, Coastal Alabama-South 2 
Behind Emma Clark’s 14 kills and six blocks, the Red Hawks earned a thrilling five-set victory against the Sun Chiefs in CVCC’s opener on day two of the Wallace State Fall Bash on Saturday morning.
Set scores were 25-22, 25-18, 19-25, 26-28 and 15-9.
Clark was one of three Red Hawks who tallied double digits in kills during the match, including teammates Sage Harrington (11 kills) and Meredith Patterson (10 kills).
Three Catawba Valley volleyball players also tallied double digits defensively in digs, including Emily Williams (21 digs), Madi Bolch (13) and Paige Sizemore (12).
Setter Emilee Webber helped aid the CVCC offensive attack with a season-high 27 assists, and fellow setter Macy Pope added 15 assists.
No. 16 Catawba Valley 3, Spartanburg Methodist 1
The Red Hawks earned their third win of the season against the Pioneers, defeating them in four sets in their Fall Bash finale on Saturday afternoon.
Set scores were 25-19, 15-25, 25-14 and 25-10.
Emma Clark paced CVCC with 13 kills and seven blocks (four solo), while Meredith Patterson, Sage Harrington and Siena Naotala added eight, seven and six kills each, respectively.
Defensively, Emily Williams tallied 21 digs, Paige Sizemore added 10 digs and Macy Pope made nine digs and 13 assists. Emilee Webber led Catawba Valley with 21 assists. 
The 16th-ranked CVCC volleyball team returns to action on Tuesday for a pivotal Region X match up with Surry Community College. The two teams are currently tied atop the conference standings with 7-0 records. Match time is set for 6 p.m. in Dobson, N.C.

Catamount Football Dropped by Chattanooga, 26-6

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) — Nick Tiano completed 22 of 28 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns to help Chattanooga beat Western Carolina 26-6 on Saturday afternoon at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.

UTC’s Tyrell Price ran 29 times for 135 yards and scored on a 3-yard run late in the third quarter for the Mocs (5-2, 3-2 Southern Conference).

Chattanooga opened the scoring with Jerrell Lawson sacking Western Carolina’s Tyrie Adams for a 2-0 lead with 10:59 left in the first quarter.

Tiano’s 28-yard pass to Joseph Parker made it 9-0 later in the first, Victor Ulmo kicked a 39-yard field goal early in the second and Tiano threw a 3-yard TD pass to Parker for a 19-0 lead with 9:27 left in the second quarter.

Will Horton got the Catamounts (3-3, 1-3 SoCon) on the board with a career-long 47-yard field goal with 43 seconds left in the half and capped WCU’s scoring with a 39-yarder with 11:50 to play.

Western Carolina travels to Mercer (3-3, 2-1 SoCon) next Saturday, Oct. 20 for a 4:00 pm kickoff at Five Star Stadium in Macon, Ga.