Special Report to Blowing Rock News from App State Sports. By Ben Winterrowd. October 17, 2014. BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University women’s soccer dropped a tough game on Friday evening to UL Lafayette, 2-1.
“We learned a lot about ourselves tonight,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “We created chances and had opportunities. We need to find a way to finalize that last shot and really believe that we can do this. The girls deep down know that they are a great team and they are going to pull it together.”
Strickland continued, “I thought Aubrey Fletcher worked hard and created some chances. Julia Holz played great and was really shining out wide.
The Mountaineers (6-9, 3-3 Sun Belt) scored the games first goal in the 24th minute when Holz sent a blast from 25 yards out on an angle from the outside corner of the box, the ball placed perfectly in the upper 90. Merlin Beckwith was credited with an assist on the play.
App State would go into the locker room with the one goal lead, but in the 53rd minute the Ragin’ Cajuns’ Natalie Newman shot a ball from about 25 yards out and it snuck in the lower left corner of the frame to tie the game at 1-1.
Then in the 73rd minute, UL Lafayette’s Yazmin Montoya netted the game-winner on a free kick blast from 40 yards out that snuck underneath the crossbar for the 2-1 lead.
Appalachian dominated stat categories, but could only muster the one goal. App State led in shots 22-6, but shots on goal was in the Apps’ favor by just a 6-5 margin. The Mountaineers also took seven corner kicks to the Ragin’ Cajuns’ five.
Holz led the team with five shots, including one on goal. Jane Cline tallied four shots on the night. Megan Roberson made three saves in the effort.
The Mountaineers will be back in action on Sunday, Oct. 19 when they host UL Monroe at 1 p.m. It will also be Senior Day and the players will be recognized for their contributions to the program.