Oct. 21, 2003
Playing 754 miles from their home in the center of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian State used two second half goals to break open what was an evenly matched field hockey game, and coasted to a 3-0 non-conference victory over Siena Tuesday afternoon in Loudonville. Caroline Smith scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal just over 23 minutes into the affair and teammates Michelle Tuday and Lizzie Watson added insurance tallies in the second half.
Siena controlled the action for the better part of the game's first 10 minutes, registering the first three shots of the game, but the Saints couldn't break through. Kate Ryno stopped a Lacee Iselo shot from point blank range amid an outbreak of activity in front of the cage. Ryno turned back all four Siena shots that made their way to her pads-all of which were legitimate scoring opportunities.
The Mountaineers broke through as Smith finished off an Andrea Lee pass from just outside the left ring of the goalie area. The score was the result of marksmanship passing by ASU on a play that originated from the near sideline.
The score proved to be the only one of the half, as the two team's entered intermission in a near statistical deadlock. Siena fired six first half shots compared to five for the Mountaineers.
Michelle Tuday collected the game's most spectacular score, deflecting teammate Nara Brookes' stroke high into the air, where it eventually found the top right part of the cage. Siena's Kristen Heyde, who compiled seven saves on the day, lunged for the ball, but ultimately had no chance of denying ASU their second score.
One of the Saints best scoring opportunities followed shortly after, as Iselo ripped the ball to Erin Mead who appeared to have an open shot at the cage from her perch on the left hash, but Ryno quickly recovered and turned the ball away.
The Mountaineers closed out the scoring in the 55th minute when Lizzie Watson took a well-timed feed from Bridgette Burkhardt, steadied herself and beat Heyde stick side.
Siena closes out its home season on Friday at 3 p.m. as it takes on Sacred Heart in an NEC game. The contest will mark the final home game for the six members of the senior class.