By David Rogers. September 20, 2019. BOONE, NC — A season-opening 6-game winning streak by Appalachian State’s field hockey team came to an abrupt end Friday night.
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Two second quarter goals gave Appalachian State a 3-2 lead vs. visiting Ohio going into intermission, then scored two more unanswered tallies in the third period to take a commanding, 5-2 lead with a quarter to play. But the Bobcats came storming back at Adcock Field with four unanswered goals of their own to edge the Mountaineers, 6-5, in the 2019 conference opener.
Midfielder Veerl Van Heertum was App State’s leading offensive weapon on the night, with six shots on goal that included the two goals for the Mountaineers in the second quarter. Other starters with goals for the Mountaineers included midfielder Anna Smarrelli with a goal in just the third minute to tie the game at 1-1, as well as Chloe Bell, tapping in an unassisted goal near the end of the 17th minute. Bell’s goal and another unassisted successful shot both occurred in the second quarter, propelling the Mountaineers to the 5-2 lead at halftime.
App State’s goalkeeper, Rachel Gaines, and Ohio’s goalkeeper Sophia Boothby, each notched eight saves for the early evening’s work, although Gaines and her defensive unit were marginally busier, especially in the second half when the Bobcats put up 14 shots on goal to App State’s four.
The Mountaineers return to Adcock Field on Sunday to host in-state rival, North Carolina, 1:00 pm.