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Cougars soccer duo headed to same college

12:39 AM, Jul. 10, 2012 EDT

Jackson Allen


Asheville High could have never won the Mountain Athletic Conference 3-A boys soccer championship in 2011 without the interplay between Jackson Allen and Zach Joens.

The duo is ready to keep a good thing going at the next level.

Allen and Joens have both committed to play college soccer for Appalachian State.

Both had other options, but Allen, who is a midfielder, made his pledge to the Mountaineers first.

After deliberating a bit longer, Joens (who is a forward) then decided to join his good friend and teammate.

"The fact that Jackson is going there was a big plus for me, but I wanted to make the right decision for myself," Joens said.

"It's definitely a lot of excitement for me and my family. I feel like this is a program that fits my style of play and I really like the coaching staff and the mentality they have there."

As a junior, Joens was the offensive lynchpin for the MAC 3-A champion Cougars (25-2-1) with 29 goals and 21 assists. He was joined on the All-MAC and All-WNC teams by Allen, who had six goals and seven assists.

"Appalachian State is a great program, a growing program that is getting a lot better," Allen said.

"The coaches are great and I'm excited about getting on board."

The Cougars tied an NCHSAA record for single-season shutouts (20) in 2011 en route to the 3-A Western Regional championship game.

With Allen and Joens back in the fold, Asheville should once again be one of the top teams in Western North Carolina this fall.

"With these two guys and (rising senior midfielder) Daniel Lingerfelt, we've got some pretty special players," Cougars coach Mike Flowe said.

"If we have some young guys step up, it could be another special season."




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