BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University field hockey (3-1) hits the road for the first time this season with games at Davidson and James Madison on Friday and Sunday. The Mountaineers take on the Wildcats on Friday for an in-state clash at 7 p.m. and battle the Dukes on Sunday at noon.
Friday’s game at Davidson will be available to stream through ESPN .
About the Mountaineers
Appalachian battled back on Sunday to notch its first weekend sweep at home since October 2015, where the Mountaineers defeated St. Louis and Davidson in Boone. The Black and Gold trailed Rider 3-1 in the second half before scoring two goals to send the game to overtime. In overtime, freshman Friederike Stegen utilized a skillful spin move to blast a shot past the Rider goalkeeper, moving the Mountaineers to 3-1. Appalachian opened its successful weekend with a 6-3 victory over LIU Brooklyn. The Mountaineers scored three goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, widening their advantage to 6-1. Six different student-athletes recorded goals on the evening. Seven different Mountaineers have scored goals for Appalachian this season, including five players with a pair of goals each. Junior goalkeeper Rachel Gaines is 3-1 while making 17 saves and allowing only six goals during her time in the goal cage.
Scouting Davidson (2-2)
The Wildcats also began their season with four matches at home, splitting two weekend series to sit at 2-2. The Mountaineers and the Wildcats have also shared the same first four opponents: Towson, Georgetown, LIU Brooklyn and Rider. Davidson opened the season with a 1-0 loss to Georgetown, but then the Wildcats rebounded to down Towson 3-1. This past weekend, Davidson replicated its opening weekend performance, suffering a setback on Friday to Rider but then bouncing back to knock off LIU Brooklyn 5-2 on Sunday. Seniors Kristin Kisa and Leigha Nortier have combined to score seven of Davidson’s eight goals. Sophomore Caitlyn Gund leads the Wildcats with three assists. Three goalkeepers have seen action in the goal cage, but junior Sarah Zeszotarski has played the majority of minutes. The Wildcats’ keeper has made 25 saves while possessing a .781 save percentage.
Scouting JMU (1-3)
James Madison has opened the season 1-3, suffering losses to two teams ranked in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll. JMU’s sole win of the season came at home in a 3-0 triumph over Bucknell. The Dukes fired 20 shots with 11 of them ending up on goal. Freshman Ongeziwe Mali secured a brace, scoring a pair of goals to solidify the JMU victory. Four other Dukes have found the back of the net this season, including senior Lindsay Gippy, who is second on the team with three points. JMU began the season ranked No. 17 in the NFHCA Poll after a 12-6 campaign in 2017.
Davidson – Appalachian is 6-14 against Davidson since 2006. The Mountaineers, however, have won three of the past five meetings between the two sides. In 2017, Appalachian shut out the visiting Wildcats 2-0. The Black and Gold fired 21 shots with 10 of them landing on goal. Sophomore Veerle Van Heertum scored her first career goal in the second half to cement the Mountaineers’ victory.
JMU – The Mountaineers have struggled against the Dukes, collecting only one win in over 20 contests. Appalachian’s sole win came in 1982, where the Mountaineers claimed a 1-0 shutout victory in Boone. The Black and Gold also tied 0-0 against the Dukes in 1979.
The Mountaineers finish off their four-game road trip with games at North Carolina and Ohio. The matchup against UNC is on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and is streaming on ESPN . Appalachian concludes its road slate on Sept. 15, opening Mid-American Conference play at Ohio at noon.