BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men’s soccer opens its regular season on Friday night when it plays host to Marshall. The Mountaineers will continue their home stand on Sunday when they host Navy.
App State played three exhibition games in preparation for the regular season. The Apps defeated Lees-McRae 3-0 – with two goals scored by junior forward Stanley Broaden to VMI, where freshman striker Zach Joens netted a hat trick en route to a 4-1 victory over the Keydets. Last Saturday, the squad hosted High Point, but fell 2-0.
SCOUTING THE THUNDERING HERD: Marshall was picked to finish ninth in the Conference USA preseason coaches’ poll. The Herd played two exhibition games in the preseason – traveling to No. 8 Akron on Aug. 20 and falling 4-1, before competing in its annual alumni game on Aug. 23.
The 2013 version of the Herd features a young roster – 15 of the 28 roster spots are filled by freshmen - the youngest roster ever for head coach Bob Gray in his 19 years at the helm
The Mountaineers lead the all-time series with Marshall 16-3-3 and the two squads haven’t matched up since the 1996 season.
Game time Friday is set for 7 p.m.
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN: Navy is coming off a 2012 campaign in which it posted a 7-7-3 overall mark. The Midshipmen played one exhibition game against the reigning Big Ten conference champs, Penn State, and came away with a 2-1 victory.
Navy ranked 23 in the nation last season in scoring – 1.88 goals per game – and returns four players who scored at least 10 points a season ago.
The Mountaineers are currently 0-0-1 against Navy all time – the squads played to a 0-0 tie in the 2002 season.
Kick off on Sunday is set for 2 p.m.