White Knoll 1
Aiken (20-0, 1-0 Region 5-AAAA) won its region opener Tuesday, defeating White Knoll 25-20, 24-26, 25-14, 25-12.
Anna Tovo led the Hornets in kills with 22 and added 14 digs, and Taylor Mabry led that category wih 17. Emily Teelon added 12 digs and led the team in assists with 34.
USC Aiken men 1
The USC Aiken men’s soccer team earned a 1-0 victory over visiting Brevard in a non-conference contest, its first win of the season.
“We started well today,” head coach Ike Ofoje said of his team, which improved its record to 1-3-1. “At times, we tried to play to our opponent’s speed and not at our own pace. We have to learn to control the tempo more when we are up. However, I am happy for the win. The team came together and played hard.”
Late in the first half, Jason King broke through with a truly amazing play. He took the pass near the top left of the box and tried to cut toward the goal. However, a defender came at him and he ended up doing a complete turn before firing across his body for the score from 20 yards out.
The Pacers will return to action on Monday when they host St. Andrews at 6 p.m.
USC Aiken women 3
The USC Aiken women’s soccer team registered a 3-0 shutout of visiting Brevard in a non-conference contest, improving the Paceers’ record to 3-2.
After a scoreless first half, Jenna Beauregard fired off a shot from 20 yards away, hitting the post. Megan Smits collected the ball off the rebound and fired home a shot past the diving keeper for a 1-0 advantage in the 54th minute of action.
Head coach Sue Vodicka’s team continued applying pressure, keeping the ball in the offensive third of the pitch for much of the next 10 minutes. In the 80th minute of play, Aubrey Danielson dribbled across the pitch and rocketed a shot along the ground to the left side of the goal, making the score 2-0 in favor of the home team.
Beauregard earned her second assist of the night at the 86:20 mark. She found Deirdre Ball off a corner kick for a point-blank shot. Ball’s shot easily found the back of the net for the final tally of the night.
The Pacers hit the road this weekend for their Peach Belt Conference opener at Georgia College at 3 p.m. on Saturday.