App State women’s soccer picked up its first win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Georgia Southern on Sunday afternoon at Erk Park.
The Mountaineers move to 1-3 on the and 1-1 in Sun Belt play with the league win, while Georgia Southern falls to 0-2 and 0-1 in conference action.
“We’re proud of the way we played today,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “We have been working hard on our spacing, composure on the ball and staying switched on, and I thought it showed today. We will continue to work and get ready for a big weekend at home.”
Mary Perkins (Huntersville, N.C./Cox Mill) put forth a career effort with a personal-high two goals, while Olivia Cohen (Atlanta, Ga./Lakeside) got in on the action with a score. Kerry Eagleston (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth) earned her third-career clean sheet in the shutout while stopping two shot attempts in the process.
The App offense came alive with a season-high three goals en route to its third straight win against the Eagles and improving to 17-16-1 in the all-time series.
Perkins got the Black and Gold on the scoreboard with 16 minutes left in the first half after Liney Brantley (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) was on the left baseline near the net and found the senior inside the box.
With six seconds left in the first half, Drew Hallum (Bakersfield, Calif./Centennial) sent a cross that bounced to Cohen for the score, giving the Apps a 2-0 lead going into the break.
Perkins tacked on a goal in the second period to push the lead to a commanding three goals. Appalachian doubled up GS in shots, 8-4, and corner kicks, 6-3. Six of the eight shots were on frame for a season high.
The Apps will look to carry the momentum next Friday when they host Troy on Friday at 2 p.m. at Ted Mack.