BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University field hockey (4-5, 0-2 MAC) made two comebacks but eventually fell 4-3 to Longwood (6-2, 2-0 MAC) Thursday night at Adcock Field.
The Mountaineers trailed Longwood late in the second half when head coach Meghan Dawson decided to call a timeout and pull junior goalkeeper Rachel Gaines. The gamble paid off with just over a minute remaining. On a breakaway, sophomore Chloe Bell scored off of a deflection from sophomore Veerle Van Heertum’s pass, sending the game to overtime tied at 3-3.
Freshman Friederike Stegen fired a shot early in first overtime, but Longwood goalkeeper Katie Wyman pushed it aside.
The Lancers kept applying pressure, resulting in the game-winning goal in the 84th minute. Olivia Wawrzyniak netted the game’s opening goal and the decisive golden goal.
“The girls gave everything that they had tonight,” Dawson said. “I’m proud of them for coming back, and tonight showed the potential that we had. This has to become our new standard and what we do on a daily basis.”
Appalachian quickly got behind 2-0, but juniors Ali Williams and Melissa Nobile helped square the scoreline at 2-2 just 16 minutes into the first half. Stegen assisted William’s goal to cut the deficit to 2-1, while Nobile’s goal tied the game less than four minutes later.
Appalachian fired 12 shots, 11 of which were on target. Stegen and sophomore Meghan Smart tied for the team leads in shots on goal, recording three apiece.
Gaines faced 21 shots from the Lancers, making 13 saves in over 78 minutes in the goal cage.
The Mountaineers return to action at Adcock Field Sunday at 11 a.m. against Louisville. Before the game, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will honor the team’s new fieldhouse and 50 years of women’s sports at Appalachian.