From wire reports
The University of South Carolina Beaufort women's soccer team solidified a number of first-time accomplishments Saturday, as the Sand Sharks ended their third regular-season schedule with a 5-1 victory over Ave Maria (Fla.) at Fin Land Field.
The victory pushed USCB's school-record winning streak to five games and assured the Sand Sharks (9-8-1, 5-4 TSC) of their first winning regular season, their first winning record in conference play and a home match in the quarterfinals of the Sun Conference Tournament on Nov. 7.
"This was a great win for us and for our program," USCB coach Ed Heberling said. "I am extremely proud of this group of players for their commitment to build a successful program."
Motivated by the notion of hosting a playoff game, the Sand Sharks controlled the match from the outset but had a tough time breaking through against Ave Maria goalkeeper Francesca Singleton.
USCB finally got on the board in the 21st minute, as Jamie Smith sent a cross into the box for fellow freshman Brittany Lorentz, who scored her fifth goal of the season.
Inspried by the Senior Day ceremony honoring the team's lone senior, midfielder Sinèad Byrne, at halftime, the Sand Sharks dominated after the break. Junior Alexa Muffley scored two goals in the first five minutes of the half -- both off corner kicks from Jessica Tooley -- as USCB took control.
"Alexa's early goal in the second half was the confidence we needed to get numbers forward and continue to attack their goal," Heberling said. "The forwards were able to get numerous corners for us today, and we took advantage."
Byrne had another special Senior Day moment in the 54th minute, slotting a penalty kick past the keeper for the first goal of her three-year career at USCB.
"Sinèad has worked so hard this year to help create in our midfield, and it was fitting for her to get the opportunity on Senior Day," Heberling said.
The Gyrenes (5-10-1, 1-8) broke up the shutout -- and snapped USCB's scoreless streak at 280 minutes -- when Anne Bateman slipped behind the defense in the 71st minute, but freshman Cameron Croney-Clark answered with her first collegiate goal in the 84th minute to cap the scoring.
USCB women 10th at cross country's Sand Shark Invitational
Embry-Riddle's Ellie Staker successfully defended her individual title but Milligan (Tenn.) edged SCAD Savannah for the team crown in the women's 5K race Saturday at the seventh annual Asics Sand Shark Invitational presented by Mortgage Network.
Staker ran a time of 17 minutes, 41 seconds to win by a whopping 22 seconds over SCAD's Jessy Scarpone, who was nine seconds ahead of teammate Melanie Novack. Milligan had four runners finish in the top 14, led by Lauren Grindstaff (18:27) in sixth and Meagan Wright (18:37) in eighth.
Host University of South Carolina Beaufort finished 10th in the 21-team field, with senior Joyce Miller (18:33) leading the way in seventh.
Junior Melissa Carder (18:59) was 15th, followed by freshman Jaime Thomas (19:40), junior Meleah Powers (21:23) and senior Sarah Turrubiate (21:47).
Senior Melissa Labelle (21:50) and sophomore Cassie Beato (24:28) rounded out the lineup.
USCB men place 15th overall at Sand Shark Invitational
Anthony Simpson won the 8K men's race to lead five Bryan (Tenn.) runners in the top 22 overall as the Lions edged Emmanuel (Ga.) by six points for the team title at the seventh annual Asics Sand Shark Invitational.
Simpson finished in 24:41, nine seconds ahead of a cluster that included teammate Jason McLeod and Emmanuel's Leonel Ayala and D'Andre Smalley.
USCB placed 15th with junior Anthony Vecchio leading the way with a school-record time of 25:08, good for 12th place. Nic O'Neill ran a freshman record 26:15 for 34th place.
Chase Rhodus (28:26), Connor Appel (32:24), Matthew Harper (34:31) and Darryl Dunham (39:28) rounded out the lineupfor USCB.