Trinidad twosome boots Bucs

Leighton Kremer
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Senior forward Jinelle James and junior forward Keisha Prescott, both from Trinidad, contributed in all of ASU’s scores, helping to defeat the East Tennessee State Buccaneers in Southern Conference action Tuesday night at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

The Mountaineers blanked the Bucs by a score of 3-0. With the win, Appalachian State (6-3, 2-3) continues to add to its best start in school history, with much thanks to the two from Trinidad.

James finished the night with one assist and one goal for a total of three points. She got started when she sent a cross to Katie Struble, who booted the ball in the back of the net, at the 37:10 mark to give Appalachian a 1-0 lead at halftime.

ASU dominated the first half of play, but they missed several scoring opportunities in the first 15 minutes of play.

Early in the second half Prescott put her mark on the game when she worked over three Buccaneer defenders to get a clean shot attempt on goalie Lauren Fannon.

Prescott would not waste the opportunity as she nailed an 18-yard kick over the goalkeeper’s head for a 2-0 lead.

Sophomore forward Casey crossed the ball to James at the 64:53 mark for her third goal of the season. James added her third goal of the season at the 64:53 mark, giving the Apps the 3-0 victory.

For her first solo shutout of the season, Appalachian senior goalkeeper Bevin Luna raked in three saves on the night. Fannon tallied an impressive eight saves for the Bucs in the losing effort.

“I thought this was a real good win for us, considering we play six of our next seven games on the road,” Mountaineer Head Coach Ben Popoola said in an interview with Appalachian Sports Information.

“I thought we really improved our play in the second half. We had more chances, and Jinelle and Keisha did a good job of taking advantage of the looks they got. It is good to get a win in the league. Hopefully this will give us some momentum heading into the first part of our road swing this weekend,” said Popoola.

The Lady Apps hit the road to UT-Martin on Saturday afternoon, and the very next day they will have a game at Morehead State. The next home game for the Mountaineers is on Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. when they face Southern Conference opponent College of Charleston.