The USC Beaufort women's soccer team earned the first Sun Conference victory in the program's brief history Sunday, holding off visiting Warner for a 3-2 win at Fin Land Field.
Freshmen Maddie Zak and Jessica Tooley scored first-half goals, and sophomore Alexa Muffley added a goal in the second half for USCB (6-6, 1-2 Sun), which held off a late flurry from the Royals (2-7, 1-3) to get back to .500.
"It's great to get that first conference victory," Heberling said. "We made it closer than we needed to, but we were able to hang on. We're still learning how to win, and with time the team will understand how to put games away."
The one-goal margin made for some tense moments down the stretch, but USCB goalkeeper Chelsie Mummert made three big saves -- she had a total of 11 -- including a great stop on a one-on-one blast from Naybet Febo.
"We've now bounced back from two disappointing losses with wins, so I'm excited for our resilience and ability to learn and implement what we've learned in the next match," Heberling said.
The Sand Sharks will try to even their record in the conference when they host No. 19 Northwood at 4 p.m. Friday at Fin Land Field.
WOMEN'S GOLF TEAM FINISHES FIFTH
The women's golf team knocked nine strokes off its first-round score and moved up one spot to finish fifth in the Lander Lady Bearcat Invitational at Old South Golf Links.
USCB posted a team total of 298 on Sunday to finish at 605, jumping Columbus State in the team standings. Fellow Sun Conference squad SCAD Savannah won the team title at 583, four shots ahead of host Lander. Armstrong Atlantic was third at 593, and Flagler was fourth at 595.
USCB and SCAD were the only NAIA schools; the remainder of the 12-team field was made up of NCAA Division II teams.
Senior Phyllis Langley led the Sand Sharks with a 1-under-par 71 in the final round to finish tied for 12th at 5-over 149. Sophomore Samantha O'Donnell (Hilton Head Island High) matched that 36-hole total, shooting 74 on Sunday.
Kelli Nakano (76-76--152) tied for 21st, senior and Hilton Head Island product Kaitlin O'Sullivan (78-77--155) tied for 29th, and Tori DeGroodt (80-81--161) tied for 46th to round out the USCB lineup.
Lander's Rachel Uremovich, a Hilton Head Island High product (77-83--160) tied for 43rd.
The Sand Sharks continue their fall schedule at the Charleston Southern Wendy's Invitational on Oct. 15-16.