BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University field hockey (4-8, 0-3 MAC) closes out its five-game home stand against Saint Francis Friday at 7 p.m. The Mountaineers then travel to Winston-Salem for a Sunday showdown at 1 p.m. against No. 16 Wake Forest.
About the Mountaineers
The Mountaineers dropped a pair of contests this past weekend. Friday’s Mid-American Conference matchup against Ball State came down to a crucial penalty stroke call, where the Cardinals buried the game-winner in overtime. Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Madison Nuckols made her first two career starts in the goal cage, recording seven saves between the the two games. Freshman Brenna Schoenbachler notched her second defensive save against Ball State, preserving the scoreless scoreline. Sophomore Veerle Van Heertum and junior Ali Williams are tied for the team lead in goals with four each. Van Heertum also leads the team in points (10) and shots (27). Sophomore Chloe Bell and freshman Friederike Stegen have notched four assists apiece, which is tied for second in the MAC. Sophomore Annette Jarosz has retained her conference lead with three defensive saves. Appalachian is taking a short break from conference competition, but the Mountaineers close out the regular season with three of four games against MAC foes. The Black and Gold finish with three-straight contests on the road.
Scouting Saint Francis (5-7)
Saint Francis is in its second season under head coach Betta Ceretta. The Red Flash have played four other MAC teams this season, sporting a 3-1 record with wins over Ball State, Central Michigan and Kent State. Junior forward leads Saint Francis with four goals, while senior Brianna Govia ranks second in goals (three) and leads the team with 11 points. Ten different players have combined to score 22 total goals for the Red Flash in 2018. Senior Elizabeth Dyer has served as the primary goalkeeper, recording 61 saves and posting a .726 save percentage. Another senior, Brea Seabrook, ranks third in the Atlantic 10 with 49 shots, 16 of which have been in conference play. The Red Flash are 2-2 in Atlantic 10 contests, including a 3-0 defeat to Rider, who Appalachian defeated in overtime Sept. 2.
Scouting Wake Forest (6-5)
The Demon Deacons have recorded double-digit win totals in seven of the past eight seasons. In 2018, No. 16 Wake Forest’s success continues in the challenging Atlantic Coast Conference, where seven teams are ranked inside the top-20. Since a 1-4 start to open the season, the Demon Deacons have rattled off five wins in six contests, averaging 3.5 goals per game during that span. Senior forward Jule Grashoff leads Wake Forest with eight goals, while senior Megan Anderson leads the team and the ACC with 12 assists. Two goalkeepers have split time in the goal cage, but junior Isla Bint has played the majority of the minutes. Bint is 6-1 this season with a .708 save percentage and 34 saves. Wake Forest battles No. 1 North Carolina one day before hosting the Mountaineers on Sunday.
Saint Francis – The Mountaineers are 0-4 against Saint Francis since 2006. Appalachian’s closest matchup against the Red Flash came in 2010, where the Mountaineers’ trio of second-half goals was not enough to notch the victory. The Black and Gold last played Saint Francis in 2016.
Wake Forest – The Demon Deacons have won all 17 meetings between the two schools since 1999. Wake Forest and Appalachian have played each other each year since 2012.
The Mountaineers return home to close out their home slate on Senior Night at Adcock Field. Appalachian will celebrate its pair of seniors – Keighly Adams and Sarah Heiss – before the 6 p.m. contest against Central Michigan on Oct. 12.