SAVANNAH, Ga. – Third-seeded Appalachian State University men’s soccer fell 3-0 to No. 2 seed Georgia Southern in the second semifinal game of the Sun Belt Championship in Savannah, Georgia.
Coming off an impressive 3-0 win against Howard and their best finish to a regular season since 2012, the Mountaineers aimed for their first appearance in a conference tournament final since 2000 in the SoCon.
But the Mountaineers’ offense couldn’t get it going with just two shots on goal on the evening and four shot attempts.
GS struck first in the 27th minute after Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) made a diving save on a penalty kick by Javier Carbonell, but an unlucky ricochet off the crossbar allowed Carbonell to tap it in for the first goal of the game.
Chasteen and the Mountaineer defense would hold off the Eagles through the remainder of the first half that kept the deficit to 1-0.
The Eagles jumped on it early in the second half and in the 51st minute, Adam Davie scored the second goal for GS.
A penalty by App State and a yellow card on Chasteen set up a free kick for the Eagles. Sander Wang beat Chasteen to the top right and widened the lead to 3-0.
The Mountaineers ran out of time and were unable to add to the score ending with two shots on goal in the setback.
Despite the loss, App State ended the season as the conference’s top defensive team with 7 shutouts, its highest finish in the Sun Belt and posted seven All-Sun Belt selections The Mountaineers finished 8-5-3 in the regular season, marking O’Keefe’s best record since joining the squad in 2016.
App State loses seniors Chasteen, Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover), and Felix Kollmannthaler (Frankfurt, Germany/Julius-Echter Gymnasium) to graduation, but a young, talented group and a top-3 finish in the Sun Belt Conference will have the Mountaineers seeking new heights in the 2019 season.