Freshman Aurora Moberly became the second T-Bird to record a second goal this season
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SUU Edged 2-1 by Appalachian State

September 01, 2013
By SUU Strategic Communication

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., 9/1/13 – Southern Utah (2-2-0) took a 2-1 loss to Appalachian State (2-2-0) to close out play at the Colorado College Invitational on Sunday. The Mountaineers pulled ahead 2-0 in the second half before freshman Aurora Moberly came up with her second goal of the season to cut the lead in half. The Thunderbird rally came up just short in the end however as the Apps were able to hold on for the win.

“I felt like we came out and played really well in the first ten minutes and then things dropped off for no particular reason,” stated SUU head coach Becky Hogan. “This was our third game in the past five days which can take a lot out of you, but I’m a little disappointed that we let that tiredness affect our mentality.”

The SUU defense held the opposition scoreless in the opening half, despite the fact that the Mountaineers fired off ten shots in the period. The opening goal wouldn’t come until the 53rd minute when Sam Neill was able to find the back of the net to put Appalachian State out in front 1-0. Julia Holz then took advantage of a defensive miscue by the Thunderbirds a few minutes later for a score to stretch the margin to 2-0.

“We had a defensive breakdown that led to their second goal,” explained Hogan. “It was unfortunate and it is always frustrating to feel like you lost an error.”

The Thunderbird freshmen provided the scoring once again as Logan Harker and Aurora Moberly teamed up to put Southern Utah on the board in the 70th minute. The score cut the deficit in half, but SUU was unable to come up with an equalizer in the closing moments and eventually fell by final count of 2-1.

“The tiredness that you might have seen in our team today was completely juxtaposed by the effort on that goal,” commented Hogan. “It took sheer will for Harker to get the ball up the right side. She then got off a cross and Aurora had to sprint from 50 yards out to get the ball in front of the goal and she used pure determination to put it away.”

Shots evened up in the second half with Appalachian State coming out on top by a tally of 16-10. The Mountaineers also held a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.

Moberly’s goal was her second of the year and as a Thunderbird while Harker picked up her first assist at SUU. Freshman goalkeeper Elyssa Hashimoto made eight saves in the contest but saw her record on the season go to 2-2-0 with the loss.

Southern Utah now prepares for another in-state clash as they are set to visit the University of Utah next Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Coverage of SUU soccer is available at