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Sophia Baxter
Freshman Sophia Baxter had two goals in the contest.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Field Hockey Blows Out Queens

A seven-goal outburst from the App State Mountaineers (10-4, 4-1 MAC), highlighted by multi-goal games from Sarah Farrell and Sophia Baxter powered the Mountaineers to a 7-0 win over the Queens Royals (0-14) on Sunday. The win marks the Mountaineers’ fifth-straight win, which is the longest active winning streak in the MAC.

Five Mountaineers found the back of the cage on Sunday. Hadley Kuzmicky, Charlotte Bosma and Bridget Donovan each netted one score, while Farrell and Baxter each netted two in the contest. With the seven goals, the Black & Gold capped off the weekend outscoring their opponents 10-0 over the two games.

Addie Clark and Claire Grenis combined to post the Mountaineers’ second consecutive shutout and third of the season. The Mountaineer defense has not allowed a goal since the second quarter of their game against Kent State on Oct. 6, marking 12 consecutive scoreless periods for Coach Dinsmore’s defense.

Sunday’s road win also marks the Mountaineers’ eighth win away from home this season, which is the most in the MAC. No other team in the conference has won more than six road games this season.

App State’s stellar offensive day got started early on Sunday as Sarah Farrell attempted the game’s first shot and scored the game’s first goal just 94 seconds into play. Hadley Kuzmicky was credited with the assist on Farrell’s goal, marking her first assist of the season. For Farrell, it was her second goal of the year.

In the fifth minute, the Mountaineers would notch their second goal, this time off the stick of Bridget Donovan. The Mountaineers started the game with a score on each of their first two shots after Donovan netted her third goal of the year.

With just 18 seconds left in the period, the Mountaineers would score a third first-quarter goal to give them a 3-0 lead after the first 15 minutes. Hadley Kuzmicky, who has been on fire over the past month, was the goal scorer, her fifth goal in the last month.

After one period of play, the Mountaineers led by three. The three first-quarter goals were tied for the most the Mountaineers have scored in a single period this season.

Offensive production slowed down for the Mountaineers as play started in the second period, but App State maintained its aggressiveness throughout the quarter. In the 18th minute, App State would draw a corner, but the resulting shot by Donovan was saved by Queens’ goalkeeper Manisha Desai. Desai made 12 saves on the day between the posts for the Royals.

The Royals would draw their first corner of the game in the 20th minute to give them their first scoring chance. Nothing resulted off the try, as App State has shown great discipline on corners over the past two games.

After drawing their third penalty corner of the match in the 22nd minute, App State would score its fourth goal of the first half, this time off Sophia Baxter’s stick. Baxter’s score marked her first time finding the back of the net since Aug. 27, when she scored two goals against Georgetown.

The Mountaineers held control of possession after Baxter’s score and would fire off three more shots before halftime with none finding the mark. When the horn sounded, App State took a 4-0 lead into the halftime break. App State’s four first-half goals are the most goals the team has scored in a single half this season.

The Mountaineers would make a goalkeeper change to begin the second half as Claire Grenis would step between the posts for the first time since Sep. 10 against Wake Forest. She would be tested immediately as Queens established the ball in the circle and fired a shot at Grenis who made her first save of the day.

Off the rebound from Grenis’ save, Jarmilla Richter would fire another shot on goal, but Sophia Baxter was there to swat the ball out of the circle and end the chance. Baxter’s defensive save marks the third consecutive game that App State has recorded a defensive save.

The Mountaineers would draw their first second-half penalty corner in the 33rd minute, giving them yet another chance to score. Charlotte Bosma would take a shot off the insert, but her shot would be saved by Desai.

A minute later, Bosma would find the cage for her team-leading fifth goal of the year. The junior from The Netherlands has had a breakout season this year as she has already set career highs in goals scored and points with four games to play.

After firing off a flurry of shots after Bosma’s goal, the Mountaineers would find paydirt again in the 44th minute as Sarah Farrell would slap her second shot of the contest past Desai for the sixth Mountaineer goal of the game. Farrell’s goal marked the second consecutive game that App State has had a multi-goal scorer and was the first time Farrell has notched a multi-goal game since last October when she scored two goals against Queens in Boone.

It was another strong period of play for the Black & Gold, scoring twice and extending their lead to 6-0 as play headed to the fourth. Bosma’s goal in the 34th minute set a Mountaineer season-high for goals scored in a game.

The fourth quarter started with a flurry again for the Mountaineers as they would fire off two shots within the first five minutes. Henriette Stegen, who scored twice on Friday, had a shot saved while Perkins had a shot attempt that was blocked.

In the 51st minute, the Mountaineers would draw their second penalty corner of the period, resulting in Sophia Baxter’s second score of the contest. Baxter, who hadn’t scored since she scored twice against Georgetown on Aug. 27, now has two multi-goal games in her freshman season.

The defense did not allow a single Royal shot attempt in the final period and only allowed three for the game. When the buzzer sounded at the end of the quarter, App State had posted their fifth-straight win, their second straight shutout and extended their streak of consecutive scoreless quarters to 12. It was an impressive showing for Coach Dinsmore’s team on the road.

“The team came out hungry for a win today,” Dinsmore said. “We are proud of the way they were able to build and execute attacks today. We are looking forward to progressing our growth as a team at practice this week in preparation for our next conference game against Ball State on Friday.”

The Mountaineers will head back on the road to Muncie, Ind., to battle the Ball State Cardinals in a MAC showdown next Friday. First touch is slated for 1 p.m. and can be streamed on ESPN+.