First Up Is Appalachian State Who Is 1-1
Appalachian State split their opening weekend in contrary fashion . Their first game and win came in Philadelphia with LaSalle. The stats were contrary indicators to the outcome. It was a 3-1 win where App State was outshot 9-13, and out cornered 3-10. But they found the back of the net when in counted and ended with the only statistic that mattered, 3-1 ahead on goals.
Sophomore Ali Williams scored 2 goals in the win taking 5 shots in the process. She is the hitter on corners, so I expect she is their most dangerous player. The Maryland native (number 14) can be expected to be their go to player.
That is borne out in the game with Georgetown, in which the Hoya dominated the scoreboard 8-0 over the visitors from Boone, NC. Williams had no shots in a game that Appalachian State won the statistical battle, with 15 shots to 12 and 6-4 in penalty corners. Number 15 Taylor Cimblist a senior midfielder took 5 shots in the afternoon.
Second year coach Meaghan Dawson is no stranger to Lafayette, as she was an assistant at Bucknell before landing the Head Coach assignment at State. The game will be played on Saturday at 2 o’clock, and the weather prediction is for light rain for the first hour. The game is being played at JMU. App State will meet JMU on Friday afternoon.
Sunday Is JMU At 2 pm
James Madison is 2-0 as of this writing (August 30), having beaten Old Dominion in a shootout on their turf. Old Dominion got out to an early lead 2-0 in the first half and looked like they were about to coast to a win, but the JMU experience ( returned 9 of 11 starters) showed as they demonstrated a scrappy determination, tying the score in the second half, on two goals by Ashley Gippe. The first corner of the night did not occur until the second half as JMU tried a little deception by sending the ball out to the hitter at the edge of the circle and passed it to side and back to the inserter. They were to try once more with a similar play, and finally tried a direct hit on their third corner of the game.
Miranda Rigg (number 6) is their playmaker taking 9 shots on the evening, trying to add to her 2 goal performance against Liberty over the weekend. It was an offensive display all night, as ODU took 22 shots to JMU’s 23. There were only 7 penalty corners all game, all occurring in the second half of play. ODU had 4 and JMU had 3. Rigg was all over the field and the former ice hockey player was clearly a big part of the JMU offense. She can shoot from any position on the field and as an inserter on corners is dangerous when they return the ball her. Defender Lisa Lejeune (number 22), was a force on defense.
One interesting turn of events was Head Coach Christy Morgan’s use of three goalkeepers. She started with the senior (number 29) Sara Kraeutler, switched to sophomore Kyler Zampiello for the second half and overtime, and most remarkably used freshman Caitlin Nelson (number 28) for the shootout.
JMU has now played two nationally ranked teams successfully. Lafayette lost to JMU last year 3-1 at Rappolt Field and looks to avenge last year’s game. Weather is predicted to be warmer (78 F). by game time at 2 pm Sunday.