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Kerry Eagleston
Kerry Eagleston had her third clean sheet out of the first four games to open the season.
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Appalachian State Women’s Soccer Suffers Second Straight Scoreless Draw

Appalachian State women’s soccer took to the road for the first time in 2022 and came out with high-intensity pressure that resulted in a number of quality offensive chances, but ultimately App State settled for a scoreless draw against USC Upstate.

Forward Izzi Wood, a Hickory High grad, put considerable pressure on the back line of the Spartans, leading to two shots in the first 20 minutes of play. The Mountaineers generated another chance shortly thereafter when senior Emma McGibany gained possession off a turnover, and fired a shot on net which was saved. Fellow senior Oliva Cohen also tallied a shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes of play.

App State registered nine shots in the opening half, putting four on target. The Mountaineers continued to keep the pressure on in the second half, serving several threatening balls into the box, helped by a 6-1 corner kick advantage. In the 62nd minute, sophomore Stephanie Barbosa appeared to put the Mountaineers in front, tapping home a loose ball in the box, but she was whistled for being offsides.

The Mountaineers played 21 players in the contest, with freshmen Shannon Studer and Lela Stark each earning their first career start.

App State returns home Thursday to host UT Martin at 7 p.m. at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex. Thursday is student appreciation day, and the first 50 App State Students will receive a Mountaineers soccer t-shirt.