LAURINBURG — Coming off a close conference loss over the weekend, the St. Andrews University men’s soccer team took its frustrations out on Columbia International Tuesday to the tune of a 3-0 win.
Senior midfielder Marty Phillips got things started when he scored off a rebounded shot from junior Filipe Checco to give the Knights the early 1-0 advantage in the 17th minute. Phillips’ goal was his first since 2013 and the fifth of his career.
St. Andrews led 1-0 at the break but added an insurance goal in the 74th minute when freshman midfielder Ricardo Da Silva notched his first career score.
Seven minutes later, freshman Manuel Posada also scored his first-ever goal off an assist from Phillips.
Sophomore midfielder Manu Escalera led the team with four shots while Posada had three shots. Checco and Da Silva attempted two apiece.
All-Appalachian Athletic Conference goalkeeper Leandro Custodio made four saves to record his first shutout of the season. He has 55 saves this year, ranking second in the AAC.
The tenth straight win at home for St. Andrews extended the Knights’ unbeaten streak in Laurinburg to 11 games. They have not lost at home since October 2013.
The Knights improved to 4-3-1 this year while Columbia International fell to 4-4.
St. Andrews is next in action this Saturday when it hosts conference rival Reinhardt University at 2 p.m.
SAU women win 1-0
LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University women’s soccer team edged non-conference foe Columbia International 1-0 Tuesday to win its sixth game of the season.
The Knights scored the eventual go-ahead goal four minutes into the match when freshman forward Maddie Castro fed a pass to junior forward Nicole Bass, who struck the ball into the back of the net for her her fifth goal of the year.
St. Andrews had a few more chances later in the first half to increase its lead, as they outshot the Rams 13-2 before the break.
Columbia International never really threatened to tie the contest as Knights goalkeeper Gianna Annichiarico was forced to make only two saves. The shutout was her fourth of the season.
St. Andrews outshot the Rams 24-5 for the game.
The Knights improved to 6-3 overall with the win while the loss dropped the Rams to 5-3.
St. Andrews will return home Saturday to host defending Appalachian Athletic Conference champion Reinhardt University at noon.