CHARLOTTE, N.C.- No. 19 St. Andrews wore out non-conference MCLA opponent Appalachian State, 13-6 en route to SAU's fifth win of the season Thursday evening on a neutral field in Charlotte.
A close first quarter saw SAU take a slim 3-2 lead. The Knights then kept the offensive pressure on, scoring four more goals in the second while giving up two to lead 7-4 at the break.
A competitive third quarter then saw the Knights and ASU trade two goals each as the Knights held on to a slim 9-6 lead going into the fourth. However, St. Andrews then put the clamps down defensively, shutting out the Mountaineers in the fourth while scoring four themselves to build a 13-6 advantage and go on for the win.
Senior midfielder Nolan Gilmour (Vancouver, Wash.) led the way for St. Andrews, scoring four goals, his season-high, along with two assists for a six-point game. Gilmour now has 18 goals and fiive assists on the season.
Senior midfielder Cha'Sed Miller (Lexington, Ky.) also had a good game, scoring three goals. including his 100th career goal, to add to his team high (26). Miller added an assist and two ground balls while junior attackman Nick Foster (Plantation, Fla.) also scored two goals with a ground ball. Foster now has 19 goals on the year. Miller continues to lead the team with 34 points.
Senior midfielder Ryan Perez (Poulsbo, Wash.) added two goals along with a ground ball. Attackman Jonathan Arvin (Lexington, Ky.) led with two assists in the game. Senior Jason Wilson (Hershey, Pa.) then added two goals as well as he now has 17 goals on the season along with 26 points.
Defensively, freshman Sebastian Calmes (Lexington, Ky.) recorded a team-high and season-high 10 ground balls, along with winning 15-of-19 faceoffs. Others recording three ground balls were sophomore midfielder Jason Lattof (Rockport, Mass.) along with an assist, and senior defenders Kekoa Naipo (Milliken, Colo.) and Aaron Smith (Lexington, Ky.).
Senior Goalie Will Chiasson (Victoria, B.C.) played well again, making 18 saves on 24 shots (75%) and held the Mountaineers scoreless in the fourth and just two in the second half.
St. Andrews improves to 5-1 against MCLA teams.
The Knights will now hit the road next Friday for a neutral-site game against NAIA foe Missouri Baptist (3-3) at 1 p.m..