BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University field hockey (4-9, 0-3 MAC) suffered its third-straight overtime defeat 3-2 to the Saint Francis Red Flash Friday night at Adcock Field.
The Mountaineers applied the pressure early in the first half, resulting in a flurry of shots on goal. Freshman Friederike Stegen was a force in the midfield, helping put the Black and Gold up 1-0 less than three minutes into the game. Saint Francis quickly responded with two goals, notching a pair of scores just 16 minutes into the contest.
The Red Flash held a 2-1 advantage at halftime, but the Mountaineers responded, outshooting Saint Francis 11-4 in the second half. In the 56th minute, sophomore Veerle Van Heertum made the breakthrough, rifling a shot from the top left of the circle to knot the scoreline at 2-2.
“Physically, she couldn’t make that shot last year,” head coach Meghan Dawson said. “It’s something we worked on in the spring and something she went home and worked on. It’s awesome to see the development in a player like that and to see the small things matter in a really big moment.”
Brea Seabrook netted the game-winner in overtime off of the Red Flash’s first penalty corner since the opening period. Seabrook secured a brace for Saint Francis, also scoring her first goal of the night off a penalty corner.
Appalachian earned seven of its eight penalty corners in the second half. The Black and Gold limited Saint Francis only to five, but the Red Flash converted on two of those opportunities.
Van Heertum led the way for Appalachian with eight shots, four shots on target and a goal. Stegen finished with one goal and four shots, two of which were on frame.
Redshirt-sophomore Madison Nuckols made her third-career start in the goal cage, notching a career-high 11 saves while facing 16 total shots from the visitors.
“She’s definitely developing, and goalkeeping is a hard position,” Dawson said. “It’s hard to make decisions and make judgments. She’s got a really good group around her that’s supporting her and trying to give her some confidence.”
Friday’s defeat marked the first time Appalachian has lost a Friday night contest. The Mountaineers were 3-0 entering the evening.
The Black and Gold return to action Sunday at Wake Forest. The Mountaineers’ first road game since Sept. 14 is set to start at 1 p.m. in Winston-Salem.