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Women's Soccer Held Off at Appalachian State

Women's Soccer Held Off at Appalachian State

BOONE, N.C. -- The Belmont women's soccer team (2-2-2) was unable to overcome another early deficit and dropped its first matchup of the weekend on the road.  The Bruins fell to Appalachian State (3-3-0), 4-1.

The Mountaineers jumped out to a 1-0 start just three and a half minutes into the contest. Ten minutes later, ASU found the back of the net again, this time on a penalty kick.  Despite being behind, the Bruins continued to battle.  However, Appalachian State was not done scoring, finding the back of the net once again in the 29th minute of play to take a 3-0 advantage into the locker room.

After the break, ASU scored a final time in the 59th minute to take a commanding 4-0 lead.  However, the Bruins would still fire quality shots late into regulation that were just barely off the mark.  Finally in the 80th minute, freshman Belicia Mendiola (McKinney, Texas) took control inside the ball and drilled the ball from the right side of the box to net her fourth goal of the season.  Unfortunately, it was too small to make a dent in the deficit as Appalachian State went on to take the matchup, 4-1.

Sophomore Meg Howard (Brentwood, Tenn.) led the Bruins in shots with a total of three, followed by Mendiola with two.

Between the posts junior Lindsey Espe (LaCañada, Calif.) and senior Megan Byrd (Gurnee, Ill.) split time between the posts.  The pair combined for two saves.

Belmont returns to action on Sunday, wrapping its two-game road swing at first-time opponent UNC Asheville.  Match time is set for Noon CT.  Live stats and video will be available.