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Addie Clark
Addie Clark had a career high in saves with 13.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Field Hockey Edged Out by 16th Ranked Duke

App State field hockey had a historical defensive night on Friday despite falling just short of an upset against No. 16 Duke, 2-1. The Mountaineers (3-2) forced overtime for the third consecutive game, all on the road.

Senior goalkeeper Addie Clark earned a new career high in saves, stopping 13 of the Blue Devils’ 18 shots. Clark’s previous career high was 11 against Miami (OH) on Apr. 16, 2021.

Four of those saves came in the first half when the Blue Devils (3-2) had just six shots, including a goal from Hannah Miller that gave the home team a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Anna Smarrelli scored her fourth goal this season in the third period on a corner play that was inserted by Pauline Mangold and assisted by Carli Ciocco to tie the game. This was the sixth assist of the season for Ciocco, placing her in the top 10 for single-season assists at App State after just five games.

Clark racked up six more saves in the third period and three in the fourth to keep the contest tied at 1 apiece.

In the third minute of overtime, Duke’s Charlie van Oirschot scored to finish the game.

App State also saw shot attempts from seniors Rachel Fleig (2) and Sarah Farrell (1) along with impressive defensive contributions across the roster.

The Black & Gold will have a short break before visiting assistant coach Azure Fernsler’s alma mater, Kent State, on Sept. 18 to close out their string of road games and begin conference play.