A late Tess Cairney (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) goal lifted App State women’s soccer to a 1-0 win over Troy on Friday afternoon at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
The Mountaineers are now 2-3 and 2-1 in the Sun Belt while Troy falls to 0-2 overall and in conference play.
“We’re proud of the girls for sticking to the plan and executing when they needed too,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “They finished the game, stayed switched on and didn’t give up a late goal.”
App State picks up back-to-back shutout wins for the first time since the 2014 season, giving Kerry Eagleston (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth) a second straight clean sheet.
Both teams were tied 0-0 with just three minutes left in regulation until Cairney sent a corner kick into the box, deflecting off a Troy defender into the back of the net for her first goal of the season and second-career game-winner.
The App State defense held off the visitors to clinch the win, match last season’s Sun Belt win total, and the Apps’ first home victory of the season.
App and Troy combined for seven shots in a defensive battle in the first half, which led to a 0-0 score at halftime.
Troy wouldn’t get many opportunities with only two shots on one frame, while the Apps had four shots on goal. The Black and Gold also posted an 11-6 edge in corner kicks.
The Mountaineers aim for a weekend sweep on Sunday at 12 p.m. against South Alabama at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.