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Kerry Eagleston
Kerry Eagleston now holds the record for most save in program history for the Mountaineers and added four in the win over Georgia State last week.
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Appalachian State Battles Back to Draw With Coastal Carolina

A record-setting save and a dramatic finish headlined the Mountaineers 1-1 draw against Coastal Carolina, Wednesday, culminating with App State earning a point on the road in Sun Belt play.

Despite trailing for the majority of the match, the Mountaineers pressed on the accelerator late in regulation, creating turnovers with their pressure, and ultimately after several close calls, tying the game with seven minutes to play.

Kerry Eagleston made just one save in the game, but it would be a memorable one for the fifth-year starter from Winston-Salem. In the 37th minute the graduate student dropped to one knee and scooped a rolling shot against her chest for her 376th career save, the most by a goalkeeper in App State program history.

The record-setting save came just seven minutes after the Chanticleers grabbed the first lead of the contest. Off a free kick, Coastal Carolina was able to place a perfect shot over the Mountaineer wall and into the corner of the goal to jump in front, 1-0.

While the score stood that way for the majority of the match, the Mountaineers had countless opportunities to equalize. Twice in the opening half, the Coastal goalkeeper let a ball slip through her hands, but once it was called a foul, and once the shot from Summer Bowman squirted just wide.

Bowman had the best looks for the Black and Gold throughout the night. The freshman finished with a career-high nine shots, highlighted by her first career goal in the 83rd minute after she picked the pocket of a Coastal defender and fired the ball into the back of the net.

The goal was the first of her career, and paid off the fight that the Mountaineers showed throughout the second half, generating multiple turnovers in threatening areas, including a goal that was waved off by the officiating crew for contact with the opposing goalie.

App State finished the night out-shooting the Chanticleers 22-7, and 6-2 in shots on goal.

It was a physical match that featured four yellow cards, as well as a red card handed out to Coastal after the final whistle had blown.

App State will return home on Sunday to host James Madison in a Sun Belt showdown at 3 p.m. at The Valley. It’s First Responder’s Day, featuring a live national anthem and color guard performance, as well as an American flag block A sticker giveaway. The Dukes opened conference play with a 2-0 win over Arkansas State last Friday, and they will host Marshall on Thursday night. Sunday’s match will be broadcast on ESPN+.