MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The University of South Carolina Beaufort women's soccer team opened Sun Conference play with a 3-0 victory at Florida Memorial on Friday.
Junior Steph Moldenhauer set the single-season record for the young program with her fifth goal of the season, and Megan Benoist and Kimberly Johnson each scored first-half goals for USCB (4-4-1). Junior Chelsie Mummert was credited with six saves in her third shutout of the season.
"This was a great win to open up conference play," USCB coach Ed Heberling said. "We had three great goals and our team maintained the shutout while limiting their opportunities."
The Sand Sharks didn't break through until the 33rd minute, when Benoist hit a free kick from 45 yards that sailed past the keeper and under the crossbar. Johnson scored seven minutes later, as Olivia Dizon found her unmarked in front of the goal and played a cross from the end line.
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Moldenhauer capped the scoring in the 68th minute, streaking to the back post to put away a pass from Brittany Lorentz. Moldenhauer's 12 points also are a single-season school mark. The junior from Savannah, Ga., also is USCB career leader in goals (9) and points (21).
Jessica Tooley continued her strong play in facilitating the Sand Sharks' attack, and Alexa Muffley controlled the midfield after being limited by an ankle injury the past three games. The reserves also gave USCB a spark, as Dizon, Johnson and Bridgette Noonan all came off the bench and made key contributions.
"We controlled the game from start to finish and had some great series of possession that allowed us to break free and find open space," Heberling said. "We now have to build upon this performance when we play Sunday at St. Thomas."
The Sand Sharks face the 17th-ranked Bobcats at 1 p.m. Sunday. St. Thomas (6-0-1) edged SCAD Savannah 4-3 to open conference play Friday.