Second-half goal lifts Montevallo past Lady Pacers

A Montevallo goal in the 67th-minute lifted the Falcons to a narrow 2-1 victory over the USC Aiken women’s soccer team on Saturday afternoon at the “Pacer Pit.”

Montevallo (6-6-2, 3-4-1 PBC) scored the first goal of the match in the 17th-minute when Julie Heltne scored on a give-and-go in the box with Brittany Woodhouse. Heltne took the pass and slotted the ball into the lower left corner of the Pacer net.

USCA (4-7-3, 3-3-1 PBC) would tie the contest in the 44th-minute when Aubrey Danielson beat the Montevallo keeper one-on-one. Danielson’s third goal of the year came off an assist from Haley Pipkin.

Woodhouse scored the game-winning goal for Montevallo in the 67th-minute when she scored on a free kick from 20 yards out.

Montevallo owned a 14-8 shot advantage in the contest. The Pacers owned a dominating 8-2 advantage in corner kick opportunities.

USCA will next travel to Savannah, Ga. to face off against national No. 5 Armstrong at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Montevallo scores in second overtime to best Pacers

Montevallo scored in the 108th-minute of the second overtime to claim a narrow 1-0 Peach Belt Conference victory over the USCA men’s soccer team on Saturday afternoon at the “Pacer Pit.”

The game in the final minutes of the second overtime, Montevallo’s Gary O’Neill found Pedro Carneiro just outside of the 18-yard box. Carneiro made one move and then placed the ball into the lower left corner of the net for a 1-0 league win over the Pacers.

USCA (4-4-3, 1-4-0 PBC) had the best opportunity in regulation in the latter minutes of the second half. The goal almost materialized when Jason King was able to find some room in the box. He sent the ball toward an open goal, but a Montevallo defender was able to just clear the ball off the line to keep the game knotted at 0-0.

Montevallo (9-3-1, 6-1-1 PBC) owned an 18-13 shot advantage in the contest. They also held a slight 5-4 advantage in corner kick opportunities.

USCA goalkeeper Joshua Poissant made five saves in the loss to Montevallo. Montevallo goalkeeper Brendan Ledgeway saved seven Pacer shots en route to his clean sheet.

USCA next closes out its season-long four-game homestand with a Peach Belt Conference game with Francis Marion at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the “Pacer Pit.”

Lukralle claims 2,000th career dig as Pacers fall

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The USCA volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-18) to Armstrong on the road Saturday afternoon.

During the match, Samantha Lukralle collected a match-high 11 digs to give her exactly 2,000 career digs and add to her program career digs record. Lukralle is only the fourth player in Peach Belt history to record 2,000 or more digs in a career.

The Pacers (15-8, 4-3 PBC) have dropped three straight matches after starting 4-0 in Peach Belt play. Armstrong (19-4, 6-1 PBC) is currently second in the Peach Belt Conference standings.

No Pacer claimed double-digit kills in the match, but Shannon Byers recorded a team-high eight kills. Sheila Walsh dished out 20 assists to lead the USCA offense.

USCA held a slight advantage in total team blocks at 4-3. The Pacers finished the match hitting .155, while Armstrong earned a .290 hitting percentage.

The Pacers are next in action on the road against rival Augusta State on Wednesday. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.