FH: Appalachian Closes Out Road Trip at North Carolina and Ohio

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BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University field hockey (4-2) will travel to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Mountaineers then travel to Athens, Ohio, on Saturday to open Mid-American conference play at noon against Ohio.
 
Tuesday’s game at UNC will be available to stream through ESPN .
 
About the Mountaineers
Appalachian completed a second-half comeback against Davidson on Friday, giving the Mountaineers their third-straight win. The 3-2 victory in overtime marked the second-consecutive overtime win for Appalachian, which also moved the Mountaineers to 4-1 in their past five games against the Wildcats. Sophomore Veerle Van Heertum notched the game-tying goal with less than four minutes remaining. The sophomore then netted the golden goal just over two minutes into the second overtime period. The Black and Gold dropped a tight match on Sunday to James Madison. The Mountaineers held the Dukes scoreless in the first half, but James Madison sealed the victory with a pair of goals late in the second half. Junior goalkeeper Rachel Gaines made six saves and conceded only one goal in Sunday’s contest. Van Heertum leads the team with nine points. Sophomore Chloe Bell and freshman Friederike Stegen trail closely behind with totals of eight and seven, respectively. 
 
Scouting North Carolina (6-0)
The Tar Heels are undefeated this season, averaging over four goals per game. UNC has four wins over Power Five competition, including a 3-1 victory over ACC foe Louisville. North Carolina also opened the season with a pair of victories against two Big Ten opponents – Michigan and Iowa. Senior Ashley Hoffman, junior Catherine Hayden and freshman Erin Matson spearhead the Tar Heels’ attack. Each student-athlete has recorded over 10 points with Hoffman leading the way with seven goals and two assists. Matson and junior Yentl Leemans lead UNC with five assists each. North Carolina has outshot its opponents 118-34 and averages over 19 shots per game.
 
Scouting Ohio (1-4)
The Bobcats opened the season with a pair of close defeats to La Salle on Aug. 24 and Monmouth in overtime two days later. Ohio’s sole win of the season came in a 4-1 rout against St. Louis. Junior Karynne Baker and sophomore Jillian Shive each secured a brace in the victory. After their victory against St. Louis, the Bobcats faced tough tests against Liberty and Stanford. The Flames and Cardinal combined to outscore Ohio 15-1 between the two games. As a team, Ohio has fired a total of 50 shots with 34 ending up on goal. Baker and Shive lead the Bobcats in points with eight and five, respectively. The Bobcats’ attack has also only produced 17 penalty corners in 2018, which is 14 less than their opponents.
 
Series History
North Carolina – Head coach Meghan Dawson’s alma mater is 9-0 against the Mountaineers since 1999. In 2017, Appalachian played the No. 4 ranked Tar Heels in Boone at Adcock Field. Taylor Cimbalist scored the Mountaineers’ sole goal in the 68th minute. Junior Melissa Nobile notched the assist on Cimbalist’s goal.
 
Ohio – Appalachian defeated Ohio for its first-ever MAC victory in 2017. The Mountaineers jumped out to a 3-1 lead on the Bobcats early in the second half, holding on for a 3-2 victory. As a freshman, Meghan Smart scored what later became the game-winning goal in the 43rd minute. The Bobcats knocked off the Black and Gold 2-0 in Athens in 2015. The series set rests at 1-1 since 2005 between the two conference foes.
 
What’s Next
The Mountaineers return home to Adcock Field when they continue conference play against Longwood on Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Appalachian then hosts its first ACC opponent of the season – Louisville – on Sept. 23 at 11 a.m.