USC Beaufort

USC Beaufort wins in rare blowout over Florida Christian

After being on the wrong end of its share of lopsided scores in its inaugural season last year, the USC Beaufort women's soccer team was able to enjoy a comfortable victory of its own Monday, cruising to a 14-1 win over visiting Florida Christian College at Fin Land Field.

The Sand Sharks had scored just 11 goals in their brief history coming into Monday's game.

Stephanie Moldenhauer, Olivia Dizon and Erin Lynn each scored two goals in the first half, and Pascale Rocca and Alexa Muffley also scored to contribute to an 8-0 halftime lead.

Six different USCB players -- Blair Kent, Becca Kent, Chelsie Mummert, Hunter Clark-Dye, Jenn Salizzoni and Erika Watkins -- scored in the second half. Jessica Tooley led USCB with three assists, and Kathleen Kent and Erika Watkins added two apiece.

Blair Kent made her first start of the season in goal, holding the Suns off the board in the first half before giving way to Fred Gallman.

Mummert, USCB's regular starting keeper, still got in on the action, assisting on one goal and scoring another with a header off a corner kick from Kathleen Kent.

USCB coach Ed Heberling commended the Suns, a first-year program, for their effort and enthusiasm.

"We know what it's like to be where they are," Heberling said. "I told their coach that. I told him it does get better."

Heberling's team is evidence of that. After winning only one game and scoring only five goals last year, the Sand Sharks evened their record at 4-4 on Monday. They have scored 20 goals through eight games, and 15 different players have scored compared with only three last season.

"It was great to get everybody some playing time and let them get a little more accustomed to playing at the college level," Heberling said. "We were able to work on some things offensively that will help us going into conference play."

The Sand Sharks open Sun Conference play at 5 p.m. Wednesday with a home game against SCAD Savannah.