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Reagan Sturgill
Reagan Sturgill had her first career goal and also added an assist as well.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Women’s Soccer Blanks Florida Gulf Coast

With a 2-0 lead and seven minutes to play, Aimee Haywood subbed out her top two goal scorers in Izzi Wood and Stephanie Barbosa. Less than 20 seconds later, the Mountaineers offense found twine anyway, with Reagan Sturgill scoring her first career goal to seal a 3-0 win over FGCU, Sunday at The Valley.

Wood may have finished the match on the sidelines, but she was instrumental in setting the tone early for the Mountaineers on senior day. After walking across the field with her family before the match, Wood put App State on the board less than 15 minutes into play, flicking a shot past the Eagles’ goalkeeper, after receiving a beautiful through-ball from Barbosa. The goal was Wood’s third of the season and 11th of her career.

App State (3-1-1) added to its advantage in the 36th minute. After a Mountaineer corner kick resulted in a loose ball in the box, Sturgill was able to head it down, and feed a pass up top for Lela Stark, who drilled a shot into the far side of the net. The goal was the first of Stark’s career, and sent the Mountaineers into halftime leading 2-0. It was also Sturgill’s first assist on a three-point afternoon for the sophomore.

The defense was equally impressive for App State. The Mountaineers held the Eagles to just three shots, and Kerry Eagleston made one save on the lone shot on target from the visitors. It marked the fourth consecutive clean sheet for the App State, which has now held its opponents scoreless for 425 consecutive minutes, and has allowed just one goal through five matches this season.

The shutout was the 22nd of Eagleston’s career, moving her into sole possession of second place in program history.

Offensively the Black and Gold finished the match with 20 shots as a team, with Wood and Barbosa accounting for eight and seven attempts respectively – both career-highs.

Shannon Studer, Kaitlyn Little, and Skyler Walk played all 90 minutes on the Mountaineers’ back line, while Gracie Giacoletto made her first start of the season, and played 68 minutes in the midfield.

The Mountaineers will return to the pitch on Thursday, when they travel to Cullowhee, N.C. to face off with Western Carolina at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+.