DAVIDSON, N.C. — Sophomore Veerle Van Heertum’s goal in double overtime propelled Appalachian (4-1) to a 3-2 comeback victory. The win marks the second-straight game where the Mountaineers battled back to notch the winning goal in extra time.
Davidson (2-3) led Appalachian 2-1 late in the second half before head coach Meghan Dawson called for a timeout. With just over four minutes remaining, Dawson decided to pull junior goalkeeper Rachel Gaines, allowing the Black and Gold an extra player on the field.
Dawson’s gamble proved pivotal. Less than a minute later, Van Heertum smashed home a goal off of a penalty corner to send the game to overtime tied at 2-2.
In the first overtime, sophomore Annette Jarosz made a defensive save on a Wildcats’ penalty corner to preserve the tie. Van Heertum then converted the golden goal just two minutes into the second overtime.
The Wildcats stifled the Mountaineers offense in the first half, allowing just one shot and taking a 1-0 lead into halftime. Appalachian’s offense roared to life early in the second period, where junior Ali Williams netted the equalizer only eight minutes into the half.
Davidson quickly struck back to take a 2-1 advantage in the 51st minute. Sophomore Sydney McKenna notched her second goal of the night after starting the game on the bench.
Appalachian outshot the Wildcats 13-5 in the second half, ending the game with a 17-11 advantage. The Mountaineers also recorded six of the game’s final seven penalty corners.
Van Heertum paced the Mountaineers with six shots, four shots on goal and two scores. The Valkenswaard, Netherlands, native is tied with Williams for the team lead in goals with three apiece.
Gaines delivered another solid outing in the goal cage, making four saves while allowing only a pair of goals.
Friday’s victory gives Appalachian a 4-1 record in its past five games against the Wildcats.
The Mountaineers will go for their fourth-straight victory on Sunday when they travel to Harrisonburg, Va., to battle James Madison (1-3). Game is set to start at noon.