JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Appalachian State University men’s soccer (2-0) scored a pair of second-half goals to push past North Florida, 2-0, on Sunday evening at Hodges Stadium.
The Black and Gold are 2-0 for the first time since 2012 and the first time since 2015 Appalachian has won back-to-back road contests. With the two road wins, the Apps have already matched last season’s win total away from home.
“Another great team effort,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said after the win. “We’re pleased to the shutout we missed on Friday. To score two more goals on top of the three from Friday is very pleasing. We need to get back to Boone, recover and turn our focus on VMI for the home opener.”
Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga) delivered a stellar performance in the net as he stopped North Florida’s three second-half shots that came his way. The senior posted his first clean sheet of the season and the fifth of this career.
Freshman Camden Holbrook (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) continued his torrid stretch on Sunday when he split UNF’s defense at the 55-minute mark to break a 0-0 tie and give Appalachian a 1-0 lead. It was Holbrook’s fourth goal in just two games after netting a hat trick on Friday in the Apps’ overtime win over Jacksonville. Two of the scores have been game-winners.
App continued the attack for the rest of the game and took advantage of another opportunity at the 86′ mark when Alex Hernandez (Asheboro, N.C./Asheboro) recorded his first-career goal after he slipped the shot in the lower-right corner to put the match away at that point. Holbrook recorded the assist on his fellow teammate’s goal as he crossed it to Hernandez before the goalkeeper mishandled the pass.
The Mountaineers and Ospreys both attempted 14 shots but App held a 6-3 advantage in SOG. In addition, Appalachian also edged UNF in corner kicks, 7-6. Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Meck) had two attempts on target while Brady Gunter (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth), Holbrook, A. Hernandez and Justin Pruitt (Mathews, N.C./Weddington) all recorded a shot on goal.
Appalachian will go for its first 3-0 start since 2008 in its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 1 against VMI at 7 p.m. at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.