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Anna Smarrelli
Anna Smarrelli, who scored two goals all of last season, scored two goals in the Mountaineers first game this season.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Field Hockey Opens Season With Win

App State field hockey started the 2022 season with a 4-1 victory over Towson Friday night in front of a packed crowd.

After an hour of weather delays, the Mountaineers scored three goals in the first half to gain a comfortable lead before splitting the second half 1-1 with the Tigers in a fast-paced brawl.

“I am really proud of the way our team worked together as a unit tonight,” head coach Meghan Dawson said. “Our interceptions and capitalizations on corners were the keys to success and we will continue to work on our open-field goals in practice this week.”

Returning All-MAC selection Friederike Stegen struck first for the Mountaineers, giving App State a one-goal advantage in the sixth minute of action.

Corners were the difference-maker for the rest of the contest for the home team. App State had three total corners in the game and scored a goal on all three opportunities.

Pauline Mangold, Appalachian’s primary inserter, scored on her own insert after getting the ball back and punching it into the goal at the beginning of the second quarter.

Later in the second period, the momentum continued for the Mountaineers when Mangold inserted it to Carli Ciocco who set up Anna Smarrelli for her first goal of the season.

After one goal from Towson’s Georgia Beachley in the second half, Smarrelli scored a second time to seal the victory with the exact same play as her previous goal. Mangold’s insert led to Ciocco’s assist to Smarrelli yet again.

Sarah Farrell, App State’s leading goal-scorer finished with one shot on goal. Senior goalkeeper Addie Clark had one save on two shots from the Tigers.

In addition to the stellar start from Appalachian’s veterans, the Mountaineers saw significant minutes from newcomers Fien Zwaan, Lise Boekaar, Bridget Donovan, Sarah Perkins, Henriette Stegen and Hadley Kuzmicky.

Clark, Zwaan, Allison Corey and Grace Ball each poured in a full 60 minutes for the Black & Gold in the backfield to hold Towson to one goal on two shots.

The Mountaineers will continue their homestand on Sunday at noon against the Georgetown Hoyas.