Monday's High Country Sports Update..... (2018-09-03 14:09:03)

WSOC: App State 4, Gardner-Webb 3

BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University women's soccer (3-2-1) stayed undefeated at home with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Gardner-Webb (2-3-1) on Sunday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

The Mountaineers are now 3-0 at home this season and undefeated on the six-match homestand.

The Mountaineers received a number of contributions as three different players scored and three different players earned an assist. Lauren Burke (Mableton, Ga./Whitefield Academy) received her between the posts playing all 90 minutes en route to earning her first win as the starter.

It was a high-scoring affair while both teams combined for 23 shots, of which 17 were on target.

After GWU had come back from a 3-1 deficit to tie it up late in the game, Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert) stepped up after being fouled in the boxed and capitalized on a penalty kick in the 89th minute to lift Appalachian to the triumph. With the game-winning score and her second-half assist, it's the second time this season Hanusek has notched a score and a helper.

"I thought the team showed a lot of resiliency," head coach Sarah Strickland said when responding to GWU's comeback. "I was telling the girls after the game the bench was huge and the crowd was incredible. There was a feeling of belief that we were going to win in regulation. This was a good Gardner-Webb team that we knew were coming in with some really good results. I though we held it together and continued to attack."

The Mountaineers didn't wait to strike first as Kristin Brown (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) sent a perfect corner into the box where Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley) headed in the shot to give App a 1-0 lead.

GWU would respond near midway through the first period on a penalty kick from Stina Kleppe to tie up the game at 1-apiece. Mary Perkins (Huntersville, N.C./Cox Mill) had a couple shots at the target but both were saved, leading to a 1-1 deadlock going into the break.

Once again, Appalachian started fast in the first 10 minutes of the second period when Hanusek crossed a perfect ball that only Dawson could get, which she headed it in for her second goal of the day. It's the second time in her career (2017) she's scored multiple goals in a game.

The Mountaineers tacked on another goal to make it 3-1 in the 70th minute when after a Perkins shot attempt ricochet off a GWU defender in the box, Blair Anderes (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) was there at the right moment to send in the tally for her first-career goal in a Black and Gold uniform.

However, The Runnin' Bulldogs made it interesting in the final 17 minutes of the contest. Jada Newton found the back of the net at 72' to cut the deficit to one before Samuelle Grove scored with nine minutes left to tie up the contest.

Appalachian regrouped and made the plays it needed to put itself in the position to win the contest and improve to 4-3-1 against GWU.

The Mountaineers will return to action for a third home match on Thursday against North Florida at 7 p.m.


FH: Appalachian battles back to defeat Rider 4-3 in Overtime

BOONE, N.C. -- Friederike Stegen netted the deciding goal in overtime to cap off a 4-3 comeback in a wild Sunday afternoon at Adcock Field.

Appalachian (3-1) trailed Rider (1-2) with less than three minutes remaining in regulation before sophomore Veerle Van Heertum found the back of the net on a penalty corner. Rider's Tess Coorens picked up a yellow card in the 63rd minute, giving the Mountaineers the advantage they needed to find the game-tying goal.

"We just wanted to have some patience," head coach Meghan Dawson said. "When they called the timeout we were just talking about how we've got enough time. When they got that card, it helped our situation."

In overtime, Appalachian dialed up the pressure, not allowing Rider to take control of possession. On a breakaway, Stegen utilized a spin move to open up a space for her to smash home the golden goal.

The Laatzen, Germany, native's pair of goals this season have proven to be game winners.

"We were just passing and trying to lead ahead, and the group worked together," Dawson said. "It's not just something where you send one. You want everyone to go together and try to earn something."

The Black and Gold struck first early in the first half. Junior Ali Williams tapped in sophomore Meghan Smart's shot off of a penalty corner in the fourth minute to put Appalachian up 1-0.

Rider responded in the 18th minute with a goal of its own off of a penalty corner, where sophomore Marion Waterkeyn made the final touch. Shortly after Waterkeyn's goal, the game entered a rain delay with the score tied 1-1.

Over two hours passed during the delay, but the Broncs came out firing, netting a goal just four minutes before the end of the first half. Rider then extended its lead to 3-1 early in the second half before the Mountaineers began their comeback.

Smart brought the game within one goal in the 44th minute off of a penalty corner with sophomore Chloe Bell picking up her first of two assists. Bell's next assist came on the game-tying goal off of yet another penalty corner.

The Mountaineers tallied more shots than Rider in both halves and in overtime, finishing with a 16-9 advantage. Appalachian also recorded an 8-3 advantage in penalty corners, where the Mountaineers cashed in for three goals.

Four different players scored goals for the Black and Gold, which is the second-straight game where Appalachian has had a different scorer for each goal.

With the pair of weekend victories, Appalachian completed its first weekend sweep at home since October 2015, where the Black and Gold knocked off St. Louis and Davidson in Boone.

"This was huge for us to prove to ourselves that we're coming together," Dawson said. "We're a young group, and it's a great way for us to move forward."

The Mountaineers now hit the road for the first time in 2018 with four games away from Adcock Field. Appalachian opens its road trip with Davidson on Friday at 7 p.m. The game is available to watch by streaming on ESPN.

LMC Men’s Basketball releases its 2018-19 schedule

BANNER ELK, N.C. – Coming off its most successful season in program history, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team unveiled its 2018-19 schedule Tuesday afternoon. The 29-game slate includes one exhibition game against Middle Tennessee State, a tournament over Thanksgiving weekend in Florida and 13 home games at Williams Gymnasium.

"With having a virtually new team, we wanted to put our guys in a lot of different and adverse situations," said LMC Head Coach Steve Hardin. "Going to a mid-major, competing in a conference challenge, going south for a tournament against great Division II teams in Florida and how our conference is the best it has ever been since I have been here from top to bottom. This is a very tough and challenging schedule that will test and prepare us for conference play."

Lees-McRae will begin its 2018-19 campaign with four straight games on the road. LMC's season opener will be on November 6 at Division I foe Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, Tenn. in an exhibition contest. The Blue Raiders have won at least 25 games in each of the last three seasons and have won two NCAA tournament games during that stretch.

After its trip to Murfreesboro, LMC will travel to Bristol for a Conference Challenge against Columbus State and Flagler on November 9-10. Wrapping up this inaugural road swing will be another trip to Tennessee for the Bobcats as they take on Carson-Newman on November 14.

Following those four contests, the Bobcats will hit the Williams Gymnasium court for the first time since capturing their first ever conference tournament championship last March when they take on Tusculum on November 17. Sandwiched in between a pair of home games against Piedmont International (Nov. 19) and Johnson C. Smith (Nov. 29), Lees-McRae will head to the Sunshine State for a pair of games on Thanksgiving weekend. LMC will take on Davenport on Nov. 23, and depending upon the result of that game it will take on either Puerto-Rico-Mayaguez or host Embry-Riddle University on the 24th of November.

The final month of the 2018 calendar will see the Bobcats play five of their six games within Conference Carolinas. LMC will kick off the month with a trip to Franklin Springs, Ga. to take on Emmanuel on Dec. 1. After a home date against Limestone on Dec. 4, the Bobcats will head to Mount Olive on Dec. 8 before coming back to the High Country for bouts against Southern Wesleyan on Dec. 12 and North Greenville on Dec. 15. Lees-McRae will close out 2018 with a non-conference matchup at Anderson on Dec. 30.

As the calendar turns to 2019, the Bobcats will spend the first month of the new year exclusively in conference play. Lees-McRae will have road trips to Barton (Jan. 2), Erskine (Jan. 8), Southern Wesleyan (Jan. 21) and North Greenville (Jan. 26) to go along with home contests against Belmont Abbey (Jan. 5), Emmanuel (Jan. 12), King (Jan. 16) and Mount Olive (Jan. 19).

Lees-McRae will open February with its final regular season non-conference game with a tilt against Johnson University on Feb. 2. LMC will then head out on the road to take on Limestone (Feb. 6) and King (Feb. 13) before closing out its home slate against Barton (Feb. 16) and Erskine (Feb. 20). The team will put a cap on the regular season with a road trip to Belmont Abbey on Feb. 23.

The Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Tournament will begin with the quarterfinals on March 5 at sites of the top four teams in the regular season standings. The semifinals and final will be on March 9-10 at the highest remaining seed.

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Tue. 6 at Middle Tenn. # Murfreesboro, Tenn. 7:00 PM
Fri. 9 vs. Columbus St. @ Bristol, Tenn. Bristol, Tenn. TBA
Sat. 10 vs. Flagler @ Bristol, Tenn. Bristol, Tenn. 2:00 PM
Wed. 14 at Carson-Newman Jefferson City, Tenn. 7:00 PM
Sat. 17 Tusculum Banner Elk, N.C. 4:00 PM
Mon. 19 Piedmont International Banner Elk, N.C. 7:00 PM
Fri. 23 vs. Davenport @ Embry-Riddle University Daytona Beach, Fla. 5:00 PM
Sat. 24 vs. TBA @ Winner/Loser of Puerto-Rico-Mayaguez/Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach, Fla. TBA
Thu. 29 Johnson C. Smith Banner Elk, N.C. 7:00 PM

Sat. 1 at Emmanuel (Ga.) * Franklin Springs, Ga. 4:00 PM
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Tue. 4 Limestone * Banner Elk, N.C. 7:30 PM
Sat. 8 at Mount Olive * Mount Olive, N.C. 4:00 PM
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Wed. 12 Southern Wesleyan * Banner Elk, N.C. 7:30 PM
Sat. 15 North Greenville * Banner Elk, N.C. 4:00 PM
Sun. 30 at Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. TBA
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Wed. 2 at Barton * Wilson, N.C. 7:30 PM
Sat. 5 Belmont Abbey * Banner Elk, N.C. 4:00 PM
Tue. 8 at Erskine * Due West, S.C. 7:30 PM
Sat. 12 Emmanuel (Ga.) * Banner Elk, N.C. 4:00 PM
Wed. 16 King (Tenn.) * Banner Elk, N.C. 7:30 PM
Sat. 19 Mount Olive * Banner Elk, N.C. 4:00 PM
Mon. 21 at Southern Wesleyan * Central, S.C. 7:30 PM
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Sat. 26 at North Greenville * Tigerville, S.C. 4:00 PM

Sat. 2 Johnson University Tennessee Banner Elk, N.C. 4:00 PM
Wed. 6 at Limestone * Gaffney, S.C. 7:30 PM
Wed. 13 at King (Tenn.) * Bristol, Tenn. 7:30 PM
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Sat. 16 Barton * Banner Elk, N.C. 4:00 PM
Wed. 20 Erskine Banner Elk, N.C. 7:30 PM
Sat. 23 at Belmont Abbey * Belmont, N.C. 7:30 PM
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Tue. 5 at TBA Conference Carolinas Quarterfinals (At Higher Seed) TBA
Sat. 9 at TBA Conference Carolinas Semifinals (At Highest Remaining Seed) TBA
Sun. 10 at TBA Conference Carolinas Final (At Highest Remaining Seed) TBA
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Crawdads Fall in Close Game to Greensboro

Hickory, NC- The Crawdads fell to the Greensboro Grasshoppers 3-2 on Sunday evening.

The Grasshoppers got on the board first, scoring two runs in the second inning.

The 'Dads responded in the home half of the inning with a run of their own to cut the deficit to one. Yohel Pozo doubled to right and advanced to third on a fly out by Preston Scott. Miguel Aparicio brought Pozo in to score with a line drive single.

The two teams traded runs in the fifth inning to make the score 3-2. Clay Middleton doubled in the bottom half of the inning. Justin Jacobs drove him home with a single to right.

The season wraps up tomorrow with a Labor Day Matinee at 1pm. The 'Dads will be auctioning off their patriotic jerseys that they have been sporting on select dates this season. The proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Disabled American Veterans, thanks to StratX. The Crawdads will also be giving away 200 mystery items to fans as part of fan appreciation day. The items range from signed baseballs, to bobbleheads, and broken bats. It is also Make A Difference Monday, presented by Catawba Shoe Store, and fans that donate at least $5 worth of school supplies to Classroom Connection will get a free ticket to the game.