The Cougars started off their SoCon season with bang Friday night as they took down Appalachian State in a 2-1 win at Patriots Point.
The Mountaineers were quickly on the offensive as the game commenced, taking 5 shots by the 12 minute mark, with the last one finally hitting it’s mark and getting past goalie Taylor Avery (Clifton, Va.) in order to give App State the first goal of the game.
CofC did not let that first goal deter them from winning the game. Two shots, one by Hope Atkinson (Rumson, N.J.) and one by Sarah Schaidle (Simpsonville, S.C.), kept the energy high on the Mountaineers end of the field. Schaidle’s opportunity to score finally came at 21′ where an assist from Sarah Cadamone (Downingtown, Pa.) enabled her to score the Cougar’s first goal of the game.
While the first half would end without much more excitement, App State came out of the locker rooms for the second half looking for revenge. The Mountaineers put Avery to work as they pressured the net. Avery muffled one attempt by making a sliding slave, and moments later a dive to the left stopped another goal, effectively keeping the match tied at 1-1.
The winning shot for the Cougars came in the 69th minute, with Lindsay Frey (Cincinnati, Ohio) feeding the ball to Atkinson, who charged through the defenders to score her second goal of the season.
“It (game-winning goal) was amazing,” said head coach Christian Michner to CofCSports. “We always talk about taking our chances from anywhere on the field. We feel like we can score goals from all over. It really started with the great combination in the midfield. Lindsay Frey had a quick combination on one side of the field to play out the other way and Hope (Atkinson) did an amazing job of getting the ball and striking it on frame. It was a great way to start the SoCon season and end the night.”
Though CofC would attempt two more goals, Appalachian State stayed quiet for the rest of the game, handing the Cougars their first SoCon and their fifth overall win of the season.
“It was a great match out there,” said Michner to CofCSports. “Both teams were scrapping and fighting hard for the win. I give a lot of credit to the App. State team. They are very well-coached and they certainly came out with a fight and fire in them, frankly, something we haven’t seen with too many teams this year. I’m proud of our kids. I always say good teams find a way to win. Tonight, we found a way to win.”
The Cougars face off next against Western Carolina this Sunday, Sept. 24th at 1 pm for their next SoCon game at Patriots Point.
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