USC Beaufort found itself stymied by Southeastern goalkeeper Sydni Brookhouser, outshooting the Fire but shut out 3-0 in both teams’ Sun Conference opener in Lakeland, Fla.
Konya Plummer scored all three Southeastern goals, while the Sand Sharks saw all 13 of their shots saved or sail wide. That was the second-highest total allowed by the Fire this season.
“This was the best team we’ve played all season, and I felt we played well,” USCB coach Ed Heberling said. “The game was even throughout, but (Plummer) was able to finish her three chances.”
USCB goalkeeper Moa Johansson kept the Sand Sharks level with a couple of early saves, including a one-on-one against Alyssa Kaminski, the conference’s top scorer. Plummer finally broke the deadlock two minutes before halftime when she flicked a ball over a defender and shot past Johansson.
Plummer pounced on a rebound in front of goal to score again in the 62nd minute, and completed the hat trick with a solo run 12 minutes later.
The Sand Sharks complete their two-game Florida swing Saturday with a game at Ave Maria.