MISENHEIMER, N.C. — The St. Andrews University men’s soccer team dropped a close battle with former conference rival Pfeiffer University on Saturday afternoon as the Falcons upended the Knights 4-3.
Junior forward Caio Liberatti got the Knights on the board first in the 19th minute off an assist from freshman forward Mikel Azcona. Pfeiffer’s Nathan Regis would then score the next goal to tie it up in the 35th minute.
After halftime, Regis would again score the go-ahead goal for Pfeiffer in the 51st minute and from there on the Falcons would not trail again. Pfeiffer would add two more goals in a span of four minutes later in the half before the Knights mounted a rally with an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Edson Quinarelli in the 73rd minute. Knights junior forward Caio Lima would then cut the deficit to one with a goal in the 83rd minute off an assist from Zimiso Stewart.
Lima’s goal was his seventh of the year and tied him with Stewart for the team lead.
Pfeiffer (7-6-1) outshot the Knights 24-16 overall while Knights keeper Leandro Custodio made 10 saves on 14 shots on goal.
SAU (5-10) will travel to Kentucky next Saturday to face Union College (6-6-2) in SAU’s last conference road game of the season before returning home for senior day on Nov. 2
The SAU women’s soccer team hosted USC-Beaufort on Sunday afternoon, but struggled to get any goals in the net for the third straight game even though they dominated the shot count in falling 1-0 their fellow NAIA foe.
Beaufort scored the only goal of the game in the 36th minute of the first half as Alexa Muffley scored off a corner kick from Jamie Smith.
The Lady Knights had plenty of chances in the first half to score, but just could not get a quality shot off towards the net. Beaufort goalkeeper Chelsie Mummert played well, making seven saves including an important one midway through the second half off SAU’s Alejandra Bittelman’s free kick that would have tied the game.
SAU outshot the Sand Sharks 13-7 overall with sophomore Miranda Kearney leading with five shots apiece while Bittelman shot four.
SAU falls to 3-11 with the loss while USCB improves to 7-8-1.
St. Andrews will next finish out their schedule with three conference games. The first is a home game today at 3 p.m. when the Lady Knights will face Columbia College (SC) (12-4) at Knights Field.