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Winthrop soccer plays to scoreless tie

Winthrop's Grant Wise works for position while guarded by Appalachian State's Ramsey Ammar.
Winthrop's Grant Wise works for position while guarded by Appalachian State's Ramsey Ammar.

Redshirt freshman Mike McCullion made five saves after relieving an injured Patrick Mitrovich in the 37th minute to help Winthrop to a 0-0 tie in double overtime against Appalachian State Wednesday.

Mitrovich suffered a head injury after leaping for a ball in the box and was forced to leave the game. McCullion, having played only 86 minutes in his career, played over 73 minutes and helped keep the Mountaineers off the scoreboard.

Before he left the game, Mitrovich had two saves.

"I thought we dominated the game start to finish, unfortunately there are games where nothing goes in and you need to rely on a good defensive effort, which we had tonight," coach Rich Posipanko said. "I was pleased to see Mike McCullion step up when called on and do an outstanding job for the final 73 minutes of the game. Hopefully we'll use the next few days to get Matthew Skonicki and Mitrovich back so we can be at full strength when we open conference play at High Point next week."

Miquel Casajuana led the Eagles with four shots, including a shot that sailed past the top left corner at the end of regulation. Winthrop finished with 14 shots and Appalachian State had 10.

Winthrop is 0-6-2 against Appalachian State in the last eight games.

The Eagles are off until Sept. 26 when they travel to High Point, N.C., for their Big South opener.

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