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Charlotte Bosma
Charlotte Bosma had a pair of goals in the Mountaineers win.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Field Hockey Opens Season With Win

After drawing a penalty corner in the third minute of action, Charlotte Bosma took the pass from Sarah Perkins and fired the ball past the Tiger goalkeeper to give the App State Mountaineers (1-0) a lead they would never relinquish as head coach Emily Dinsmore notched her first career win as a collegiate head coach against the Towson Tigers (0-1) on Friday, 3-1.

App State led for all but three minutes in Friday’s match. The Mountaineers would strike two times in the first half thanks to Bosma and fifth-year forward Rachel Fleig, who netted her first score of the season in the second quarter.

The Tigers would cut the lead to one off a goal from Gianna Antone in the third quarter, but Henriette Stegen would slap a much-needed insurance goal through the back of the net late in the fourth quarter to give the Mountaineers their third and final goal of the match.

Fifth year goalkeeper Addie Clark was stellar as always in the cage for the Mountaineers. She recorded five saves in the contest, which included three saves in a matter of eight seconds in the second quarter and allowed only one goal in the match.

“I am so proud of our team and the way they fought for one another today,” Dinsmore said. “They started strong and had each other’s backs until the final whistle. We’re excited to compete again on Sunday.”

How it Happened

1st: The Mountaineers would draw first blood in today’s match. Florine Koopman would insert the ball to Sarah Perkins after a penalty corner, where Charlotte Bosma would take the pass from Perkins and slap it into the back of the net. The goal was Bosma’s first of the season.

The shots were even at two after the first period. Leah Hurwitz would strike one toward the Tiger goalkeeper late in the period but missed wide.

2nd: The second quarter would begin with a corner chance for Towson. The Tigers would take two shots in the direction of goalkeeper Addie Clark, but neither were scored.

Six minutes into the second period, Rachel Fleig would score her first goal of the season to pad the Mountaineer lead to 2-0. Fleig scored this goal unassisted.

In the final minutes of the half, the Tigers would have several corner chances to capitalize on, but Addie Clark stood firm between the posts as she would record three saves in a matter of eight seconds to keep the Tigers scoreless and preserve the 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

3rd: Towson would notch its first and only goal of the game three minutes into the second half. Gianna Antone would be responsible for this goal, which was assisted by Annie Keel.

App State would lead the third period in shots and corners drawn but couldn’t capitalize on the numerous chances they had in the quarter. Five different Mountaineers recorded a shot in the third, but none found the net and the score stood at 2-1 after three.

4th: The Mountaineers fired off three more shots to begin the fourth quarter of play before Henriette Stegen found the back of the net with three minutes to play to extend the lead to 3-1. Charlotte Bosma picked up the assist on Stegen’s goal, tallying her second point of the day.

The game would end on a Towson shot that was blocked by a Mountaineer defender to secure Emily Dinsmore’s first career win as a collegiate head coach.

Coach’s thoughts
“It’s a blessing to coach this team,” Dinsmore said. “The way the team fought today makes me so proud to be this program’s head coach, and I’m so excited to see what this season will bring.”

Up Next
The Mountaineers will stay in Towson to take on the Georgetown Hoyas in a neutral site match on Sunday. First touch from TU Field Hockey Complex is set for 2 p.m.