App State Sports News.... (2018-09-23 13:33:25)

MSOC: App State 1, UNCG 0

BOONE, N.C. - Sophomore Reed Hunnicutt's (Charlotte, N.C./South Meck) second-half goal lifted Appalachian State University men's soccer (5-1-1) to an impressive 1-0 triumph against a stout UNCG (3-5) squad on Saturday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

Appalachian got back on the winning track to stay undefeated at home with a 3-0 mark, while the Mountaineers matched last season's win total. App's 5-1-1 start is the best start since the 2007 campaign when the Black and Gold started 5-0-2. App State has outscored its opponents, 6-1, with a pair of shutouts in the three home victories.

"So pleased for this group to get the shutout and the win," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "The team has been working hard for the past 10 days with two games canceled and had a hunger to get back to playing and winning.

The Black and Gold's defense was stingy, particularly in the second half as the visitors only attempted one shot (six in the first half). The workman-like effort helped Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga), who stopped both of UNCG's shot attempts, earn his third clean sheet of the season. Saturday evening's win was the first time this season the SoCon preseason favorites have been held to zero goals on the road.

"Anytime you can get a shutout, it is a great team effort," O'Keefe continued. "We had many guys do all the little things. You don't shut out a good attacking team like UNCG without everyone on the board and the same page."

All App needed was a goal in the 48th minute when Juan Hernandez (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) found his sophomore teammate in the upper left part of the box, where Hunnicutt sent the shot over the Spartans' goalkeeper in the right side of the net. It was Hunnicutt's first goal of the season while Hernandez now has a team-best two assists.

The Mountaineers posted a 12-7 shot advantage including a 5-2 edge in shots on goal. Appalachian also led 8-3 in corner kicks. Charlie Baird (Nottinghamshire, England/Portland Academy) led the way with three shot attempts while five different student-athletes registered a shot on goal.

Appalachian will return to action with a 7 p.m. matchup against High Point on Tuesday.


VB: Mountaineers Grind Out Five-Set Win Over Georgia State

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Appalachian State volleyball team improved to 2-0 in the Sun Belt with a 25-16, 25-27, 25-18, 23-25, 15-9 victory at Georgia State on Saturday evening.

App State (10-4, 2-0 SBC) has now won its first two Sun Belt contests for the first time since the 2015 season. The Mountaineers are also off to their best start since the 2015 season.

The Black and Gold found themselves knotted at two sets apiece with Georgia State (3-8, 0-1 SBC) and headed to a fifth and deciding set. In Set 5, the Mountaineers broke a 2-2 tie with an 8-1 run to jump out to a 10-3 lead. The Panthers would pulled four points at 11-7, but the Black and Gold rebounded and closed out the victory on a kill by Lexi Kohut.

In the opening frame, the Black and Gold scored five straight points to open up a 15-10 lead. The Mountaineers closed the set strong, winning the final three points of the frame, with two kills coming Melissa McMath, to post a 25-16 victory and grab a 1-0 lead.

After Georgia State took the second frame, App State used a 5-1 run to open a 13-9 edge in the third set. The Panthers trimmed the Mountaineer lead to one point, but Appalachian rebounded and pulled away for a 25-18 victory.

The Panthers captured Set 4 in a back-and-forth frame, setting up the deciding fifth set, where the Mountaineers emerged victorious by a 15-9 count.

On offense, Emma Longley and Kara Spicer each posted 17 kills. Spicer hit .404 in the contest and added six digs. McMath chipped in with 16 kills and Kohut tallied 10 kills with a .304 hitting percentage. Becky Porter registered her team-best fifth double-double of the season with 59 assists and 13 digs.

Emma Reilly recorded 20 digs in the win, marking the third time this season she has notched 20 or more digs. Sydney Farthing and Sydney Hinds each had 13 digs.

As a team, the Black and Gold finished with 71 kills, which ranks as their second highest of the season.

Appalachian State will now return to the High Country for four Sun Belt contests, beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m. against ULM. The Mountaineers will follow that with a 12:30 p.m. matchup with Louisiana on Sept. 30.