BOONE, N.C. – The ULM soccer team opened Sun Belt Conference play with its first loss of the season, falling 1-0 to App State at the Appalachian Soccer Stadium.
The Warhawks (8-1-1 overall, 0-1-0 Sun Belt Conference) had 26 shots on the day but put just nine on goal. App State (2-3-4 overall, 1-0-0 SBC) had 19 shots but placed 13 on frame. Mickaela Leal made a career high 12 saves for ULM, while Kerry Eagleston stopped all nine shots for App.
Despite playing down a player due to a red card for over 40 minutes, App found a way to connect on a goal and the win.
App put five shots on goal and ULM had three shots on goal in the first half, but the game remained scoreless at halftime.
In the 50th minute, a red card on App’s Katie Fuller forced the Mountaineers to play with 10 players for the rest of the match.
App broke the scoreless tie in the 64th minute as Shannon Studer fired a shot from the top left corner of the box, sending the shot passes Leal’s outstretched hand and into the top right corner of the net for the goal, putting the Mountaineers up, 1-0.
ULM put five shots on goal the rest of the match, but were unable to sneak one past Eagleston. The best scoring chance came in the 90th minute, when Lucia Lobato’s shot was stopped by Eagleston, but a rebound hopped out to the right side in front of the goal. However, Taylor Henry’s attempt missed wide to the right, giving App a goal kick.
ULM is back in action at 7 p.m. Thursday against Southern Miss at Brown Stadium.