Sept. 17, 2012. ASHEVILLE – Appalachian State University women’s soccer captured its third victory of the season, as sophomore Julia Holz led the Mountaineers with two goals and an assist en route to a 4-2 win over UNC Asheville Friday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
With the victory, App State moves to 3-4 on the season before moving into Southern Conference play next week. UNC Asheville falls to 2-5.
The match got off to a fast start in the opening half as the Bulldogs struck first in the eighth minute. Asheville’s Amanda Knapp received a pass off a free kick from Ferriss Roberts and scored past Appalachian goalkeeper Amy Kolowsky. The goal was Knapp’s second of the season.
The Apps responded quickly after Asheville’s opening goal as sophomore forward Jenna Caudle found the back of the net from a free kick pass off the foot of Holz. For Caudle, it was her second of the season.
The teams went into halftime with 1-1 deadlock, as the Appalachian offense came alive to start the second half. Senior midfielder Meggie Graham got on the scoresheet in the 50th minute when she received a pass from Caudle. Graham’s shot beat Asheville goalkeeper Heather Muller for her first of the season.
Holz followed Graham’s goal with a score of her own in the 60th minute, firing a 10-yard shot past Muller.
The Bulldogs fought themselves back into the match in the 83rd minute when Shenny Lenhart scored past freshman Megan Roberson, who came in to start the second half, for her second of the season. Lenhart settled a pass from Paige Trent to make the score, 3-2.
The Apps closed out the match when Holz added a late insurance goal in the 88th minute. Holz nabbed a pass from Caudle and found a seam in the Asheville backline to score her second of the match.
Head coach Sarah Strickland sent 25 on to the field today in the victory, as the Apps outshot the Bulldogs, 20-9, highlighted by 14 shots in the second half.
“We got to go deep in the roster today and we closed out the last five minutes, which was really important,” Strickland said. “It wasn’t an individual effort; it was a whole group victory.”
Roberson earned her third victory of the season, stopping one shot. Kolowsky played a solid opening half, tallying four saves.
The Mountaineers will begin SoCon play on Friday, Sept. 21 when they host UNC Greensboro. Kickoff from the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex is set for 7 p.m.