Despite Gordon’s first goal of the year, Eagles unable to beat Mountaineers

Kaitlin Sells

The Eagles fell to rival Appalachian State 2-1 in a hard-fought battle until the end of the match. 

The Mountaineers were first to strike as they sent a header into the back of the net in the 18th minute of play, but the Eagles didn’t let that slow them down. 

Not even ten minutes later the Eagles struck back as Tyler Gordon volleyed the ball over the keeper from the edge of the box to tie the game at 1-1 in the 24th minute of play.

The score remained tied through the first half as App State had the edge on GS in shots 7-6.

The second half moved along slowly as the heat seemed to have an effect on both teams while the speed of play slowed down for a bit on both sides.

The speed of play didn’t stay slow for long, as the Mountaineers put another goal in the back of the net in the 58th minute. That goal seemed to wake up the Eagles as they fought hard the rest of the match and were so close to making a few shots.

“We prepared all week for that so it’s disappointing that we didn’t execute,” Head Coach Brian Dunleavy said to gseagles. “Going forward we couldn’t connect the final pass to break their back line when we did we scored, apart from a good few attacking buildups on our part that was an ugly game of soccer.”

Sadly, those last-minute shots weren’t enough as the game ended with App State leading 2-1 and having the total edge I shots over the Eagles 13-9.

The Eagles will be hitting the road for their next match against ULM Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. in Monroe, Louisiana.