App State field hockey upsets Longwood to advance to tournament semifinals

App State field hockey upsets Longwood to advance to tournament semifinals

By Tyler Hotz. November 1, 2018. Oxford, OH — Appalachian State University field hockey (7-13) will advance to the semifinals against No. 2 seed Kent State after a 2-0 victory over Longwood on Thursday afternoon. The semifinal matchup against the Golden Flashes will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Miami Field Hockey Complex.

COVER IMAGE: Appalachian State field hockey, file photo, by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

The Mountaineers’ defense stifled Longwood’s offense throughout the game, allowing only three shots on goal. The Black and Gold held the Lancers without a shot on goal until the 34th minute.

Appalachian’s 2-0 victory avenges a 4-3 overtime loss to the Lancers earlier this season. The triumph also marks the second win over the Lancers in program history and the first since 2014.

“Today we played as a complete unit,” head coach Meghan Dawson said. “Our group had each other’s back and you could see that on the field. Longwood is an extremely tough opponent with great players.”

Redshirt freshman Jillian Ulery notched the first score in the 20th minute off a deflection from a penalty corner. Sophomore Veerle Van Heertum fired the original shot before Ulery used her stick to find the back of the goal cage. Van Heertum earned the assist on the opening goal, giving the sophomore at least one point in seven of her past eight games.

After entering halftime with a 1-0 lead, the Mountaineers doubled their advantage to 2-0 in the 40thminute off another penalty corner. This time, Van Heertum registered the score with freshman Friederike Stegen and sophomore Chloe Bell tallying the assists.

App State maintained the two-goal lead for the remainder of the game, securing its first shutout victory since the season opener Aug. 20 against Towson. The Mountaineers tied the Lancers in total shots at seven apiece, but the Black and Gold’s 5-2 advantage in penalty corners served as the difference.

Junior goalkeeper Rachel Gaines earned the shutout in the goal cage. Gaines made three saves, including a pair of stops in the second half to preserve the shutout.

Van Heertum recorded three points, a goal and three total shots. Five different student-athletes registered shots, including Van HeertumUlery, Bell, junior Ali Williams and sophomore Meghan Smart.

“I’m so proud of this group for continuing to work hard and stay together,” Dawson said. “They fought for each other on the field.”

Appalachian now prepares for Kent State (7-11), who finished with a 5-1 conference record and is 5-2 in its past seven contests. The Golden Flashes defeated the Mountaineers 3-1 in App State’s final conference game of the season.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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