October 19, 2012

Bulldogs Edge Out Mountaineers Behind Johnson's Two Goal Performance

Boone, N.C. - The Citadel women's soccer team netted two late goals to come from behind in the second half and nab a 3-2 victory over Appalachian State in a Friday night Southern Conference battle. The win improves the Bulldogs' overall record to 5-10-1 and conference record to 3-5-1 with two games remaining.

Jannel Johnson had a career day as the freshman netted the game's first goal in the 18th minute and the gamewinner in the 81st minute to record her fourth and fifth goals of the season.

Johnson's opened up the scoring in the 18th minute when she collected a pass from Vanessa Aponte and drove it past Mountaineer goalkeeper Megan Roberson. 

Appalachian State would answer back minutes later when Samantha Childress fired a 20-yard shot over the head of Bulldog keeper Sarah Katchen to even the game at one goal apiece.

The Bulldogs kept Roberson busy for the remainder of the first half as five shots were sprayed on net but to no avail as the half ended with the game knotted up at 1-1.

It took just 11 minutes into the second half for the Mountaineers to break the tie as Julia Holz collected a through ball from Jamie Lockie and directed it into the top right corner to give her team the 2-1 edge.

ASU held the advantage until the 78th minute when all-time Bulldog goals leader Mariana Garcia collected an Anastasia Mesa pass in the box and deflected it into the net for her 13th of the season and the game's equalizer.

"I think we knew that we needed to play our best and even when we were down we kept fighting and played hard," said Garcia.

The assist was Mesa's sixth of the season, leaving her one behind team leader Aponte, who shattered the Bulldogs' all-time mark earlier this season.

Minutes later a corner kick by Ruth Leiva dropped into the box and found the foot of Johnson who found the back of the net for what would prove to be the gamewinner as the Bulldogs topped the Mountaineers by a score of 3-2 for the second consecutive season.

"We played to win, we had great chances and we finished them," said Aponte. "We still have a chance to make it into the top-8 and we know what we need to do to get there and it all depends on us."

The Citadel will close out their final weekend conference match on Sunday when it heads to Cullowhee, N.C. to take on Western Carolina at 2 p.m.

The Catamounts (6-9-2, 2-6-2), who were downed by College of Charleston 3-2 on Friday night, currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot for the Southern Conference tournament, which begins on Oct. 28.

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