By David Rogers. September 12, 2014. BOONE, NC — If they gave medals for efficiency, Appalachian State’s women’s soccer won gold on Friday. In the first half of their match vs. Nashville, TN-based Belmont University at Appalachian Soccer Stadium, the Mountaineers had five shots on goal — and scored three times. If it was baseball, that’s batting .600. AppState went on to win, 4-1.
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Head coach Sarah Strickland emptied her bench vs. the Bruins, deploying 27 players in all on the day. Only freshman midfielder Kelly Flanders played the full 90 minutes. Of the starters, only goalkeeper Megan Roberson (45 minutes of the first half) and senior defender Nicole Steyl (68 minutes) played a full half. This non-league walkover friendly was a day to provide younger players some experience.
Junior forward Sam Childress drew first blood for the Mountaineers, slipping the ball past the Belmont goalkeeper off of a header pass from senior forward Julia Holz just 3:35 into the game. Two more Mountaineers would score in the first half, including senior midfielder/forward Leah Drawdy on a penalty kick at 13:46 before freshman forward Erin Settle received a pass from senior forward Jenna Caudle in the box, then sent it home past the goalkeeper to the left side of the net.
In the 59th minute, sophomore forward Jane Cline (assist from junior midfielder Kebrina Keys) finished the Mountaineers abundant scoring day, again finding the popular left side of the net.
The Lady Mountaineers play Sunday at Appalachian Soccer Stadium vs. George Mason. Kickoff is 1:00 pm.