Mountaineers Travel to Statesboro to Face Georgia Southern

BOONE, N.C. – App State is on the road in the Peach State Sunday, as they square off with Georgia Southern at 1 p.m. in Statesboro, Ga. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+.
ABOUT APP STATE: App State (3-6-4, 2-3-0) are looking to snap a three-game losing skid, following a 1-0 defeat at home to Georgia State on Thursday. The Panthers scored the lone goal of the game in the 88th minute, as they were able to tuck a shot just inside the near post. App State looks to respond today by picking up their first road win of the season. The Mountaineers are led on the season by Izzi Wood who has scored four goals and tallied eight points to go along with a team-best 34 shots and 15 shots on goal. Shannon Studer has tallied two goals and two assists, and ranks second on the squad with six points. Kerry Eagleston has started every game in net for App State, posting a 1.27 goals-against-average and .789 save percentage, to go along with four shutouts.
ABOUT GEORGIA SOUTHERN: The Eagles (3-3-5, 2-1-2) jumped into a tie for second place in the Sun Belt East standings after picking up a 2-0 victory on Thursday against Marshall, scoring both goals in the final 10 minutes of the match. In conference play the Eagles have also defeated Old Dominion, tied Texas State, and lost to Arkansas State. The Eagles have played a heavily defensive style so far this season, scoring just nine goals, but allowing only 11, through 11 contests. Elis Nemtsov leads the squad with three goals, while Emma Armstrong has added two. Freshman Katie Oakley has played the majority of minutes in goal for the Eagles, posting a 1.27 goals-against-average, and a .762 save percentage.
SERIES HISTORY: A rivalry that dates back to their days as SoCon foes, the Mountaineers and Eagles have faced off 36 in all-time meetings. The Eagles hold a narrow 18-17-1 lead in that series, helped by a 4-1 victory last year in Statesboro. Emma McGibany netted the lone goal of the game for the Mountaineers on an assist from Audrey Viso.
MIX ‘N MATCH: App State has opened the match with a different starting lineup in all 13 contests this season.  
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Through 13 games this season, seven different players have scored at least one goal for the Mountaineers.
SUPER STUDER: Freshman Shannon Studer netted the game-winning goal in each of the first two conference games for App State. Sept. 18 against ULM she scored the lone goal of the match, in the 64th minute, with App State playing with just 10 players on the field. Then on Sept. 22 against Coastal Carolina, she answered a game-tying goal by the Chanticleers in the 81st minute with a tally less than a minute later. Her two game-winning goals this season are tied for fourth most in the Sun Belt. Studer has also recorded a team-best two assists this season, helping on goals against UT Martin and College of Charleston. As a true freshman, Studer has started 12 of the first 13 matches this season, playing 1,040 minutes on the campaign, the second most by an App State field player. Her six points this season also rank second on the team.
INCREDIBLE IZZI: Junior forward Izzi Wood recorded her first career two-goal match Sept. 15 against Radford, tallying her team-best third and fourth goals of the season, in a 2-2 draw. Wood scored on a free kick from about 30 yards out in the 8th minute of play to open the scoring, and then four minutes later, tapped in a rebound off a Gabby Tremonti free kick. Wood ranks fifth in the Sun Belt in shots (34), tied for seventh in shots on goal (15), and tied for ninth in goals (4). She is the first Mountaineer to record a two-goal game since Breckyn Monteith did so last year against Little Rock on October 24. Wood also scored twice in an exhibition match against UNC Asheville. She is playing for the first time since 2020 after missing last season due to injury.
IT BEGINS WITH BARBOSA: Sophomore Stephanie Barbosa has become increasingly involved in the offensive production for the Mountaineers over their last several matches, including earning her first start of the season, Friday at JMU. September 25 at Marshall, she picked up her first assist of the season, feeding Breckyn Monteith on the game-tying goal. Barbosa also scored her first goal of her career earlier this month at The College of Charleston, when she headed home a cross from Shannon Studer. Barbosa has played at least 30 minutes in every match this season.
WALK THIS WAY: Sophomore defender Skyler Walk has been a huge catalyst for the Mountaineers this season, playing more minutes than any other player on the campaign. Walk has played 1,147 minutes this year, playing all 90 minutes in all but one contest. She has played at least 107 more minutes than any other field player on the squad.
BETWEEN THE PIPES: Senior goalkeeper Kerry Eagleston has been a mainstay between the pipes for the Mountaineers, playing and starting in 67 games across four seasons. Eagleston leads the Sun Belt in saves (60), while second in save percentage (.789), and tied for third in shutouts (4). Her next save will move her into third place all-time in program history.
Last season, Eagleston led the Sun Belt with 113 saves, while also ranking tied for second in shutouts (3), fifth in save percentage (.813), and tenth in goals against average (1.37). She recorded double-digit saves three times, including a career-high 20 saves against Wake Forest, the second-most in a match in program history.
Career Shutouts:
1. 24, Breland Meany……………………………………………2001-2004
2. 21, Caroline Clarke…………………………………………. 2007-2010
3. 16, Kerry Eagleston ……………………………………….2019-present
4. 14, Megan Roebrson ………………………………………..2012-2015
Career Saves:
1. 375 Kelley Guinn …………………………………………….. 1994-1996
2. 369 Breland Meany……………………………………………2001-2004
T3. 319 Caroline Clarke………………………………………….. 2007-2010
T3. 319 Kerry Eagleston…………………………………………2019-present
HAYWOOD AT THE HELM: Aimee Haywood was announced as the fifth head coach in App State soccer history when she was hired in December. Haywood joins the Black and Gold following a two-year stint at Queens University where she helped the Royals to a 16-5-1 record last season on their way to the second round of the Division II NCAA tournament. Haywood went 23-7-2 in two seasons at Queens. Prior to that she spent four years leading her alma mater, Ohio Dominican, where she complied a 44-25-10 record. In 2017 she led the Panthers to a program-record 16-win season that culminated with their first Division II NCAA tournament win.
ROLLING IN THE DEEP: Team depth is an aspect that has been prominently on display for the Mountaineers this season. On a roster comprised of 33 players, 26 have seen playing time already this year. Of those, 18 different players have earned at least one start, including newcomers Shannon Studer (12 starts), Anna Kate Highsmith (10), Katie Schumacher (10), Gabby Tremonti (5), Felicia Erkenfeldt (2), Lela Stark (3), and Emilene Parham (1).
SCORELESS DRAWS: Following a 0-0 draw at George Mason, the Mountaineers have now posted three scoreless draws on the season, the most since 2010 when they recorded four on the year. They finished that season with five draws overall, the most in program history.
The Mountaineers opened the season with back-to-back scoreless draws, against Liberty and USC Upstate. Previously, the last scoreless draw involving App State came October 1, 2020 against The Citadel. The last time the Mountaineers posted scoreless draws in consecutive games was October 18 and 20 of 2013 when they did so against Wofford and Furman respectively. All scoreless draws prior to this season included overtime, which has since been eliminated from regular season contests.
UP NEXT: App State will return to The Valley on Friday to take on Old Dominion at 6 p.m. It’s the Junior Mountaineers Kids Club match, and all JMKC members will have the opportunity to take the field as anthem buddies, and take part in post-game penalty kicks and receive player autographs. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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