RALEIGH — St. Andrews University wrestling coach Joe Baranik and his staff traveled to Raleigh Wednesday for the second annual Carolina Coaches Breakfast held at the State Farmers Market Restaurant.
Coaches from programs across the state gathered to give a preview of the upcoming wrestling season to the public.
Along with St. Andrews, coaches from premier wrestling schools like N.C. State and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke gathered to highlight key matchups on their respective schedules, as well as talk about their top returners and discuss season outlooks. High school coaches also gathered to meet with the colleges to touch on topics like recruiting.
Baranik helped put together the first annual breakfast last year, where representatives from Duke, Gardner-Webb, Davidson and others were in attendance to help spread the word about collegiate wrestling in the state.
11 North Carolina colleges or universities offer the sport, and the state is second only to Pennsylvania in the country for most Division I programs with seven. The Keystone State has the most with 11.
Knights soccer sneaks by Montreat
MONTREAT —Nicole Bass, a junior from Lumberton, scored the game-winning goal in the 100th minute to propel the St. Andrews women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Montreat College Wednesday.
St. Andrews improved to 8-3-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference with the win while the loss dropped the still-winless Cavaliers to 0-10 and 0-6 in conference play.
The Knights got on the board first when sophomore Adrianna Brown scored a goal in the 20th minute, but Montreat responded in the 39th minute when Alex Peat notched the equalizer.
The score remained the same through the second half despite St. Andrews holding a 28-5 shot advantage. The Knights finally broke through when Bass scored with 14 seconds left in the first overtime. The game-winner was Bass’ seventh goal of the season.
Freshman Alex Freesland led St. Andrews with eight shots and Bass fired six.
St. Andrews will play its next game on the road Saturday against conference opponent Tennessee Wesleyan. The game is scheduled to start at noon.
SAU women’s golf places 4th
COVINGTON, Ga. — The St. Andrews University women’s golf team finished fourth at the Appalachian Athletic Conference Fall Championship that was held at the Oaks Golf Club in Covington, Georgia on Monday and Tuesday.
Milligan College won the tourney with team score of 613 while Savannah College of Art and Design was the runner-up with 626. Tennessee Wesleyan rounded out the top three with a 634, and St. Andrews followed with a 645.
St. Andrews junior Paige Hartman carded a 76 in round two to finish in seventh place (155). She finished six strokes behind Milligan’s Cassidy Gibson, who won the championship with scores of 76 and 73.
Senior Sheridan Dillon-Robinson placed 13th overall and second on the Knights with a 161 (85, 76). Her 76 in round two was the lowest score of her career.
Freshman Lydia Randell came in 17th for the Knights with a 162 (84, 78).
St. Andrews will return to the green Oct. 26-27 for the NAIA Fall Preview in Savannah, Georgia.
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