Clinton, S.C. – The Presbyterian College Blue Hose (5-7-2) fell in heartbreaking fashion 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday night to the Appalachian State Mountaineers (5-6-5). The Blue Hose led 1-0 at the half on Clement Vannier’s team leading fourth goal of the season before surrendering the game-tying goal at the 66:13 mark in the second half and then the winning with 4:12 gone in the first overtime.
How it happened:
Presbyterian and Appalachian State each traded corner kicks and shots that were not on the mark early in the game but neither team was able to hold onto any amount of momentum. With about 10 minutes remaining in the half Sergio Pinto was able to get the ball on a run-out, he found Vannier coming down the middle of the box and hit him in stride for the Blue Hose to take the early 1-0 lead at the 36:42 mark.
The mountaineers started to make a little noise in the last minute as they got a header shot that just barely went wide right but that was the last threat before half.
PC got the second half started with a corner kick in the first four minutes as they came out aggressive trying to put the Mountaineers away. They were called offside and the Mountaineers used that to their advantage and gained some momentum.
With 20 minutes gone by in the second half freshman Andrew Miller-Bell had the ball on a break-away, he ripped a shot but had too much strength behind it as it went high. Within the next minute the Mountaineers tied it up as a cross was deflected off a Blue Hose defender and right to the foot of Parker Washburn who gave Appalachian State their first goal of the game.
The remainder of the half was back and forth with neither team being able to put enough touches on the ball.
In overtime the Mountaineers controlled the ball throughout and with 5:48 left in the period Brady Gunter was able to get his head on the ball and put it in the back of the net off the free kick of Felix Kollmanthaler.
- The Blue Hose finished the game with a 12-7 advantage in shots.
- Presbyterian had 10 corners in the game, their most of the season in a single game.
- The duo of Vannier and Pinto worked for the Blue Hose again, they came into the game tied with each other in goals and total points. Vannier now leads with four goals and Pinto has three assist.
- They are still one and two in total points, Vannier (10) and Pinto (9).
The Blue Hose travel to High Point, N.C. on Saturday to face the Panthers. PC is 4-7-2 in their 13 meetings all-time.