BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men’s soccer will take its 4-0 record into Johnson City on Saturday when it faces ETSU at 7 p.m.
About the Mountaineers
Going into the weekend, App State is just one of 19 undefeated teams in the nation, which features a list that includes six other teams from North Carolina and “Power Five” programs such as Duke, Wake Forest, NC State and Kentucky. App State defeated Belmont, 3-0, on Labor Day to stay undefeated. Ian Bennett, Dimitris Moraitakis and Austin Hill scored goals for the Black and Gold, while Mason Robicheaux, Charlie Baird and Bennett all nabbed assists. It was Bennett’s first game of his career where he scored a goal and recorded a helper. Jake Chasteen notched his 11th-career clean sheet and the second of the season.
App State ranks among the top teams in the nation in several categories. The Mountaineers are 17th in the nation in scoring offense averaging 2.5 goals per game while their 12 goals scored is the 10th most in the country. Appalachian is 30th in the nation in shot on goal percentage (.516) and seven in shots on goal per game at 8.25. Individually, Camden Holbrook is 12th in goals and 13th in points. Chasteen is tied for 13th in the country in shutouts.
The Mountaineers are off to their best start since 2008 when that team also got off to a 4-0 beginning to the season. App is just one win away from matching last season’s win total. The Black and Gold’s fourth win last season didn’t come until October 10th.
Scouting ETSU (1-3)
The Bucs earned their first win in a 1-0 overtime win over Liberty. ETSU is 1-3 but have played some quality opponents falling to then-No. 3 North Carolina, 1-0, then-No. Wake Forest (4-2) and High Point (3-2; 2 OT). The Bucs are coached by first-year head coach David Casper, who arrived from Kentucky as an assistant. ETSU has been a tough out at home the last two seasons with a 10-1-5 mark. Danny Barlow leads the team with a pair of goals while three other student-athletes have scored once. Josh Perryman has played all eight contests between the posts, boasting a 1.89 goals against average and 11 saves.
App has been successful against its former SoCon foe with an 8-3 mark despite falling in last season’s contest. The Black and Gold is a solid 4-1 on the Bucs’ home field.
Appalachian will head to Asheville to face on Wednesday at 6 p.m. against the Bulldogs of UNCA.