Knights settle for draw

Staff report

RICHMOND HILLS, Ga. — The No. 16 St. Andrews University men’s soccer team rallied back to battle to a 2-2 draw with the No. 21 Savannah College of Art and Design Saturday evening at a neutral location in Richmond Hills, Georgia.

The Bees struck first with an unassisted goal in the 51st minute before SAU came back with a goal by midfielder Filipe Checco in the 68th minute off a free kick from 25 yards out.

SCAD responded in the 71st minute to take the lead, and St. Andrews came up big again, finding their late-game magic that helped them a year ago. Checco scored his second of the game in the 73rd minute off a lob shot from midfield.

The teams then played for the tie in the next two overtimes as only seven shots were attempted. SCAD outshot the Knights 26-10 but Knights goalie Leandro Custodio notched nine saves on 11 shots on goal.

Checco led St. Andrews with four shots while Guilherme Soares attempted two.

SAU moved to 0-1-1 on the season while SCAD is now 2-2-1.

The Knights will enjoy some time off before their next game Sept. 10 at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC.

SAU cross country opens season with close loss

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University men’s and women’s cross country teams hosted their annual home-opening 5K meet Friday evening, welcoming Webber International, Division II Chowan University and Div. III Salem College.

Webber International came out on top, edging the SAU men 31-25 to take the meet while the Webber women rolled to a 53-32 win. Chowan was third in both meets, and the Salem women placed fourth.

St. Andrews was led by four top-five finishes. Freshman Zack Castor paced the men with a third-place finish in 17:12 while fellow freshman Eduardo Andrade was fourth in 17:20.

On the women’s side, senior Kaitlyn Stempien finished second in 21:16 while sophomore Hannah Biddle finished fourth in 22:18.

Webber’s Christian Vazquez won the men’s race in 16:41.78 to set a course record, and Kathi Whitfield took the women’s crown in 21:08 for the Warriors.

The Knights return to action Sept. 5 in Knoxville, Tennessee to participate in the Victor Ashe Fall Classic.

Staff report

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