Knights soccer bested by Bears 3-1

Staff report

CLEVELAND, Ga. — The St. Andrews University men’s soccer team dropped its first conference game of the year Saturday, losing to Truett-McConnell 3-1 on the road.

The Bears scored the first goal of the game in the 36th minute and took a 1-0 halftime lead before adding a pair of scores in the 69th and 84th minutes.

St. Andrews avoided the shutout in the 85th minute when Guilherme Soares scored off an assist from midfielder Filipe Checco. It was Soares’ second goal of the season and Checco’s first assist, and he leads the team with seven points this season.

Soares and freshman Julio Rico led the Knights with four shots each. Goalkeeper Leandro Custodio made eight saves on 11 shots.

St. Andrews fell to 2-2-1 and 1-1 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference with the loss with the Bears improved to 5-1-1 and 1-0 in conference play.

The Knights return home to host non-conference foe Brewton-Parker College Wednesday at 4 p.m.

SAU women’s soccer falls

CLEVELAND, Ga. — The St. Andrews University women’s soccer team lost its second straight game Saturday, losing to Truett-McConnell College 2-0 in Georgia.

The Bears drew first blood in the 35th minute, and the score remained the same at halftime.

Truett-McConnell then added an insurance goal late in the second half to put the game away as its stout defense held the Knights scoreless the rest of the way. St. Andrews only managed three shots on goal.

St. Andrews freshmen goalies Gianna Annichiarico and Liz Garner combined for three saves.

Sophomore Arianna Brown led the Knights with three shots while freshmen forwards Alex Freesland and Maddie Castro had two apiece.

St. Andrews dropped to 4-2 and 1-1 in the AAC, and Truett-McConnell’s record now stands at 4-3 and 1-0 in the conference.

The Knights will play again Wednesday when it hosts Brewton-Parker College at 2 p.m.

Bulldogs overcome deficit to beat Knights

LAURINBURG — Despite building a 2-0 lead against Tennessee Wesleyan in its home match Saturday, the St. Andrews volleyball team was unable to put the game away and fell in five sets to the Bulldogs.

The Knights had little trouble early, winning the first two games 25-19 and 25-18 with a chance to clinch the match in the next set.

But the Bulldogs had other ideas, rallying to win the third game 25-19 before forcing a tiebreaker set with a 25-10 victory in game four.

Tennessee Wesleyan completed the comeback with a 15-13 victory in the fifth set, holding off a late surge from the host school.

Tessa Smith paced St. Andrews with 12 kills, seven digs and two block assists, and Anna Felice had 9 kills, two aces and two blocks.

Jaden Lynch added 30 assists, 10 digs and five aces for the Knights while Nora Darrhar racked up 19 digs and four aces.

The Knights dropped to 3-5 overall and 2-4 in the AAC while the Bulldogs improved to 5-5 and 3-2 in the league.

St. Andrews returns to the court today at 6 p.m. when its hosts the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Staff report

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