Bulldog Soccer Sets Records in Win Over Mountaineers
Boone, N.C. - The Citadel Soccer recorded a program high of wins in a season as they edged Southern Conference foe Appalachian State 2-1 in double overtime on Sunday afternoon. In their first ever defeat of the Mountaineers, the Bulldogs extended their overall record to 6-3-1 (2-0 SoCon) while Appalachian State falls to 3-5-1, (0-2 SoCon).
The match began slow, yet well defended, as neither team was successful in connecting with the goal. The half ended in a 0-0 draw with the Mountaineers taking just five shots and the Bulldogs three.
The second half started off just as slow but turned into a thriller in the final seconds. Appalachian State's Hannah Coad converted a penalty kick at the 89:20 mark to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead. Just 18 seconds later, a foul by Appalachian State set the Bulldogs up for a penalty kick as well. Senior Nicole Martinoli sent the shot into the net tying the match and sending it into overtime.
At the start of the first overtime, ASU's Sam McVeigh took the first shot 21 seconds in but junior Laura Serafino was open for the save. Katy Dodd took the next shot but the kick sailed high denying the Mountaineers the lead. As the clock clicked at 100, freshman Nicole Levermann took the final shot but the wide kick sent the match into a second overtime.
Each team took just one shot in the final overtime period but only one connected. At the 107:53 mark, freshman Vanessa Aponte fed the ball to classmate Mariana Garcia who sank it in, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead and the match victory.
"The team started off slow but really brought the fight in the second half and never gave up," said junior defender Hanna Warne. "Tying up the game in the last 20 seconds when Amy got us a penalty kick and Nicole finishing it, gave the team a burst of energy to go into overtime and win the match."
Serafino and Appalachian State's Carolina Clarke each recorded five saves while defending their respective goals in 110 minutes of play. Martinoli and freshman Jillian Meyer each tallied three shots for the Bulldogs while Coad led the Mountaineers with four. The Cadets barely outshot ASU finishing with 12 to their 10.
The Citadel's win marked the program's first four-match win streak. The Bulldogs have also now tied its record of SoCon victories in a season and surpassed their conference road wins with two.
The Cadets return to Charleston for a pair of weekend home matches at WLI Field when they first host Chattanooga on Friday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. and Samford on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. For more information on Bulldog Soccer, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at www.CitadelSports.com.