App State field hockey overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat Saint Louis 3-2 in overtime Monday. The Mountaineers improved to 2-2 overall with back-to-back victories.
App State needed only 47 seconds in overtime to seal the victory. Veerle Van Heertum found Meghan Smart on the backside of the goal to redirect the game winner past the goalie.
“It was really awesome to see our girls dig deep and dig within themselves to fight all the way through the whole 60 minutes,” head coach Meghan Dawson said. “It was really challenging playing three games in four days, but it was a good test for us in how we push. I’m excited we could get out here and get the result that we wanted against a tough team that really challenged us today.”
Freshman Grace Ball jump started the second half rally with a rebound goal in the waning seconds in the third off of a Sarah Farrell shot attempt. The goal was Ball’s second of the season. At the end of three, Saint Louis’ early lead was cut to one, 2-1.
The Mountaineers kept up the offensive pressure and tied the contest at two apiece with nine minutes to play in the fourth. The game-tying goal came off of Veerle Van Heertum’s stick in one of eight a corner attempts for the App State Monday. The goal was Van Heertum’s first of the season.
The Black and Gold outshot the Billikens by 21 as App State recorded 25 total shots to Saint Louis’ four.
After three games in four days, App State will enjoy four off days before hosting Mid-American Conference opponent Central Michigan on March 20 and 21. Saturday and Sunday’s games are both scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. from Brandon and Erica M. Adcock Field.