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Appalachian State University men's soccer will head into its final game of the regular season when it plays at Georgia Southern on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.
Courtesy: Rob Moore (Appalachian '93)
Menís Soccer Preps for Season Finale at GS
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 11/04/2016 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. — After taking the No. 5 team in the country to a draw, Appalachian State University men’s soccer looks to end the regular season strong with the final conference opponent being longtime rival Georgia Southern. The finale is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.

The Mountaineers (5-7-4, 1-2-1 Sun Belt ) will battle the Eagles for postseason position as the final pairings are decided this weekend for the 2016 Sun Belt Championship tournament that begins on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Leading the effort for the Black and Gold, seniors Stephen Chapman and Jordan Melia continue to charge the team on the offensive attack. Chapman leads the team in points and goals with 18 and 8, respectively, while Melia is second in points with six. Melia is also tied for first with Chapman and Daniel Avila with two assists and is tied for second with Rian Phillips with two goals on the year.

Chapman’s goals per game (.53) and points per game (1.20) numbers rank him second in the Sun Belt. His goals/game numbers are good for 48th in the nation.

In the net, Jake Agnew continues to be strong, once again leading the conference in goals against average (.693), which is good for 20th in the nation. The freshman is also second in the Sun Belt in save percentage at .811 – good for 38th in the country.

Erasing the Eagles

The Georgia Southern Eagles enter the final contest 7-7-3 overall and ranked tied-second in the conference at 2-1-1. The Eagles are 0-2-1 in their last three games heading into Saturday’s match, dropping games to Clemson and Howard, while tying Presbyterian.

As a team, Georgia Southern ranks tied for second in shots (225), second in points (66) and goals (24) and is tied for second in assists with 19. Despite high offensive numbers, the Eagles are second in most allowed goals at 24 this season and have the second-highest goals against average at 1.35. GS is also second in the league in saves at 81.

Individually, the Eagles have two players in the Sun Belt’s top 10 in shots, led by Blake Wilson with 46 (first), followed by Adam Abdellaoui at 37 (tied-fifth). Wilson also leads Georgia Southern in points and goals, ranking tied-second with App State’s Chapman with 18 and eight, respectively.

Emil Laursen is tied for ninth in the conference with three goals this season.

The Eagles playmakers this season have been Sander Wang, Thor Sveinbjornsson and Adam Abdellaoui, who all rank tied for fourth in the league with three assists each. 

Between the pipes for Georgia Southern this season has been Torgeir Fjaer. Fjaer has logged just over 1,230 minutes in the net and is second in the league in saves with 66. The goalkeeper has allowed 18 goals and had two shutouts.

The Mountaineers have faced off against the Eagles 32 times in the programs’ history with Georgia Southern a slight 16-15-1 advantage. The last time the two teams met was in 2015 when GS got the 1-0 win in Statesboro.

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