Eagles Stunned, 2-1, on Senior Day by Appalachian State
STATESBORO, Ga. - A pair of late Appalachian State goals took the Mountaineers pas Georgia Southern in men's soccer action at Eagle Field, 2-1 on Friday afternoon (October 14). Joe Hughes scored for the Eagles in the 32nd minute, but the Mountaineers scored in the 81st and 89th minute to secure the win. Georgia Southern is now 7-6-1 overall and 3-2-0 in SoCon play, while ASU improves to 8-2-2 overall and 3-0-0 in the SoCon to take first place in the league.
"I'm disappointed," said Head Coach Kevin Kennedy. "I thought App State worked tremendously hard and they got rewarded with two goals. I am, however, very disappointed with how we gave up the goals, particularly because we gave them up in the final 10 minutes of the match."
Georgia Southern took control of the match in the 32nd minute when Joe Hughes (Mooresville, N.C.) recorded his second goal of the season. An assist by Luigi Clendening (Augusta, Ga.) played the ball from the top of the box into the channel where Hughes bested the Mountaineer goalkeeper. The goal gave the Eagles a 1-0 edge to wrap-up a first half that was even in terms of possession.
"I thought it was a great build-up with Witt (Carlisle) taking the ball up and holding the ball for us," added Kennedy. "He combined well with Luigi (Clendening) who played a great ball in to Joe (Hughes). He showed a lot of composure on the ball to pick finesse over power for the goal."
With just 15 minutes remaining, Georgia Southern let a golden opportunity fall by the wayside. Clendening won a ball in the midfield and quickly passed to Hunter Norton (Evans, Ga.) who took the ball into the penalty area. He crossed the ball in front of goal where Ethan LaPan (Martinez, Ga.) was on hand for a sliding attempt from point blank range. The ball skipped partially past LaPan and was shot wide of goal.
The Mountaineers leveled the scoreline in the 81st minute on a header by Nicholas Skoda. He headed a long throw-in by Harrison Delbridge into the net to tie the teams at 1-1 with just nine minutes remaining in regulation.
Appalachian State, however, won the match in the 89th minute with a corner kick goal by Delbridge. He headed the corner by Ryan Lavigne into the upper corner of the net for the game-winner, 2-1.
Ryan Platt (Preston, England) made six saves for the Eagles who logged 12 shots on the afternoon with five tries on frame. Clendening and Drew Ruggles (Manassas, Va.) finished the match with four shots each.
Georgia Southern closes out the 2011 regular season against Elon on October 21st at 7 p.m. and again on October 25th at UNCG, also at 7 p.m.
Georgia Southern returns to action against Jacksonville on Wednesday, September 28th. The non-conference match against the Dolphins begins at 4 p.m. from Eagle Field.
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- Category: Men's Soccer
- Published on Friday, 14 October 2011 19:32