Pacers place sixth at Jaguar Invitational

EVANS, Ga. — The USC Aiken women’s cross country team finished sixth at the Sixth Annual Jaguar Invitational at Blanchard Woods Park.

USCA (145 points) finished with a total team time of 2:25:18.66 to claim sixth place. Georgia State (15 points) claimed the team title in the women’s 6K with a total team time of 2:00:01.11.

Georgia State’s Katharine Showalter garnered top honors individually with a time of 23:09.52.

Keely Gillespie was the top Pacer finisher, ending her efforts in ninth individually with a time of 25:19.39.

Six Pacers in total finished in the top-50 individually with Kayla Millholland ending her efforts on the day in 37th with a time of 29:39.69.

USCA’s Morgan Payne finished 40th at 29:54.35, while Alexis Harvin was one spot behind in 41st at 30:11.52.

Samantha Lisek acquired a 43rd place finish with a time of 30:13.71. Brittany May finished just behind her in 44th with a time of 30:28.05.

The Pacers will next travel back to Montevallo, Ala. to compete in the Peach Belt Conference Women’s Cross Country Championship on Oct. 20. The women’s 6K portion of the championship is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m.

Pacers claim second consecutive draw

HARTSVILLE — The USCA women’s soccer team claimed its second straight tie in a 0-0 double overtime road draw with Coker in non-conference women’s soccer action on Saturday afternoon.

They are now 4-6-3 overall on the 2012 season. Coker is now 3-8-1.

The Pacers completed their tie with Coker with a dominating 27-7 shot advantage.

USCA owned a 6-1 advantage in corner kick opportunities in the contest.

USCA goalkeeper Alli Edens saved two Cobra shots en route to her clean sheet. Coker goalkeeper Lizz Morris made 19 saves in the match.

Aubrey Danielson and Megan Smits led USCA in the contest with five shots each.

The Pacers will next return home to face Peach Belt Conference foe Montevallo at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the “Pacer Pit.” The league showdown is part of USCA’s annual “Kick Out Cancer” day.

USCA and Erskine play to men’s soccer draw

The USCA men’s soccer team claimed a 1-1 double overtime tie with visiting Erskine on Saturday evening at the “Pacer Pit.”

USCA (3-3-3) opened the scoring on the evening in the 16th-minute when a streaking Brett Van Pelt received a pitch-perfect pass from Jason King (Montego Bay, Jamaica/USC Salkehatchie). Van Pelt deftly placed the ball into the lower left corner of the net for a 1-0 Pacer advantage.

The goal was a part of a dominant first half for USCA that saw the Pacers own a 9-4 shot advantage in the half.

Erskine (5-3-3) would place itself back in the game in the 81st-minute when Jack Kimber scored on a penalty kick.

Neither team would find the back of the net the rest of the way.

USCA will next return home to face non-conference foe Mount Olive at the “Pacer Pit” tomorrow. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.

Pacer men close out tennis tournament

TATESBORO, Ga. — The USCA men’s tennis team concluded the second day of the Georgia Southern Championships at the Hanner Tennis Complex on Saturday.

In the blue draw singles, USCA’s Kevin Zerath fell 6-2, 6-3 to Georgia State’s Robert Schulze. Zerath will face Georgia Southern’s Matthijs Verdam in the flight third place match at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

In the gold draw singles, USC Aiken’s Lucas Gobbi was unable to claim the championship of the flight, falling 6-3, 6-2 to Georgia Southern’s Rafael Racy 6-3, 6-2.

In the doubles main draw semifinals, the Pacer tandem of Zerath and Patrick Stiebinger could not overcome Georgia State’s duo of Schulze and Sofiane Chevallier, falling 8-4.