The University of South Carolina Beaufort women's soccer team turned in a dominant performance Saturday in its second match of the season, picking up a 5-0 victory over West Virginia Tech at Fin Land Field in Bluffton.
The win came a day after coach Ed Heberling's squad had to settle for a frustrating 2-2 tie with Johnson & Wales.
Junior midfielder Alexa Muffley was the star Saturday, notching two goals and an assist for the Sand Sharks, who controlled every aspect of the match. USC Beaufort out-shot the Golden Bears 24-3 -- including 14-0 in shots on goal.
Muffley opened the scoring in the 12th minute, burying a header in the net off a corner kick from Jessica Tooley. Muffley, a junior from Jacksonville, Fla., assisted on USCB's second goal less than five minute later, blasting a shot off the post only to see freshman Megan Benoist put it away for her first collegiate goal.
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Freshman Brittany Lorentz scored her second goal of the season in the 29th minute, flicking a cross from Sarah Grace Stubbs inside the right post for a 3-0 advantage. Freshman Bridgette Noonan, from Hilton Head Island High School, sent a cross into the box for Muffley's second goal in the 44th minute, and USCB led 4-0 at halftime.
The Sand Sharks capped the scoring early in the second half, as Olivia Dizon and Steph Moldenhauer assisted on Hunter Dye's first goal of the year.
The five goals were the second-most the Sand Sharks have scored in their three-year existence and their most since a 14-1 win over Florida Christian on Sept. 17 of last season. The shutout was the seventh in program history.
The Sand Sharks host Milligan (Tenn.) at 4 p.m. Friday and Hastings (Neb.) at 1 p.m. next Sunday.