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Friederike Stegen
Friederike Stegen scored two of the goals for the Mountaineers.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Stays Perfect With Double Overtime Victory

App State field hockey improved its record to 3-0 on the season with a 1-0 victory over Rider in double overtime on Friday, handing the Broncs their first loss of the season.

After 72 scoreless minutes, fifth-year midfielder Friederike Stegen tallied her third goal of the season on an unassisted play. Stegen played 65 minutes and finished with five shots, three of which were on goal.

Addie Clark finished with nine crucial saves, including three occasions when the senior goalkeeper saved two shots back-to-back.

After a quiet first quarter, the Mountaineers attempted to catch Rider off guard, throwing out two shots in the opening minutes of the second period by way of Stegen and Rachel Fleig. Minutes later, Stegen shot two more times before the end of the first half.

Friederike Stegen and her younger sister, Henriette Stegen each had a shot attempt in the third before the pace picked up in the final period of regulation.

In the final minutes of the fourth period, Henriette Stegen and Allison Corey both had key blocks as the Broncs inched closer to the cage.

With 20 seconds to go, the Mountaineers earned a penalty corner where Pauline Mangold was able to get a shot off that was saved by Rider goalkeeper Kaitlyn Tomas. The teams went into overtime with a score of 0-0.

Despite two heroic saves from Clark and a sprinting interception from Carli Ciocco that forced a corner, both teams remained scoreless through the first overtime period. The Broncs recorded their 17th shot just before Friederike Stegen ended the game in the sixth and final period.

The Mountaineers will look to extend their winning streak on Sunday at Drexel at noon.