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 .