Mountaineers shut out in loss to Richmond

Lee Sanderlin

Appalachian State fell to Richmond University 3-0 in their last home game of the season. The Mountaineers were never able to get going offensively, while being overwhelmed on the defensive side by Richmond’s speed.

Meghan Dawson, head coach for Appalachian State, felt her team’s effort was there, but their focus was lacking.

“They were working uselessly, just kind of running around,” Dawson said. “We weren’t playing to our strengths and Richmond put us under a lot of pressure.”

The Spiders got on the board early, scoring just 29 seconds into the game. The Mountaineers failed to generate any momentum in the first half, unable to convert on some of the few offensive opportunities they had.

Richmond added two more goals in the 42nd and 63rd minutes to push the advantage to 3-0, where it would stay for the remainder of the game.

Senior forward Hanna French was able to reflect on her last home game for the Mountaineers afterwards.

“It’s a little disappointing to go out like this, but we have grown a lot this year,” French said. “I am excited to see where we will be in few years after I’m gone.”

With the win, Richmond improves to 8-7 on the year while the Mountaineers fall to 4-10. Appalachian State has now lost two straight games, after winning their previous two. It was just the third time Appalachian has been shutout this year, a sign of progress under coach Dawson.

Appalachian State returns to action when they travel to take on Lock Haven on Friday.

Story by: Lee Sanderlin, Sports Reporter