Bucs' comeback falls short, ETSU loses 2-1 to Appalachian State
Senior defender Lindsay Bickel
Bucs' comeback falls short, ETSU loses 2-1 to Appalachian State
Friday, August 23, 2013

BOONE, N.C. (Aug. 23, 2013) - Two first-half Appalachian State goals were too much for ETSU to recover from, as the Bucs fell 2-1 in their season-opener.

Despite ETSU outshooting the Mountaineers 8-7 in the first half, goals from junior forward Julia Holz (7:30) and sophomore midfielder Kebrina Keys (42:15) sent Appalachian State into halftime with a 2-0 lead.

"It was a physical game, played at a high tempo. App State started very strongly, and made it count with the early goal," said ETSU head coach Adam Sayers. "We came more into the game mid-way through the first half, passed and moved well, and created some good chances."

The Buccaneers responded in the second half, as junior midfielder Ellis Parsons (Cardiff, Wales) notched her first goal of the season in the 72nd minute to trim ETSU's deficit to 2-1.

However, ETSU would get no closer, as Appalachian State staved off the Buccaneers' attack to preserve the win.

"I was very pleased with how we finished the game," said Sayers. "We made a couple of tactical adjustments, played very well for the last quarter of the game, and scored with 20 minutes left. I felt we dominated the remainder of the game, but couldn’t quite find the equalizer. I was very happy with the spirit and effort of the players, especially given that App State made many substitutions, and almost all of our players played the 90 minutes, which is a good indication of our fitness level, and the collective attitude and will of the team to continue to fight to the end. Jasmine Elliott in goal was a particular highlight. She performed very well throughout, and as we were pushing more numbers forward in the second half, she made several excellent saves to keep us in it.

Credit to App State. We wish them well this season. They will be a difficult team to play against and beat."

Freshman Jenny Pöltl (Steinberg-Dorfl, Austria), and sophomores Alexa Passingham (Leicestershire, England) and Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria) paced ETSU with three shots each.

The Buccaneers will look to bounce back Sunday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. when they visit Virginia Tech. The match will be the first meeting between the teams since 2006 when the Hokies defeated ETSU 3-0.

Virginia Tech will be coming off a 7-1 season-opening win over High Point.

Live stats for the match can be found by clicking here.