Leavelle McCampbell Middle off to strong start
The Leavelle McCampbell Middle School football team has opened the season with an undefeated 2-0 start. The Mighty Rocks are dominating, scoring more than 20 points per game against their opponents who have yet to post a point this season. Leavelle McCampbell will put its unblemished record on the line on Wednesday when it faces North Augusta Middle School at Midland Valley High School. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
The Aiken High Volleyball team picked up four wins in the Dorman Tournament of Champions this weekend over some of the top teams in the state before falling in their final three matches.
The four wins came over Rock Hill, who defeated the Hornets later in the tournament, Porter Gaud, Daniel and Pickens.
The Hornets suffered close losses to the Class AAAA top ranked team Hilcrest, St. Joesph, a Class AA powerhouse and Rock Hill.
Ana Tovo finished the tournament with 67 kills to go along with 37 digs. Emily Teelon came away from the tournament with 111 assists, and Carly Bland had 33 kills in the tournament.
AL Corbett 0
Schofield Middle School’s volleyball team moved to 4-0 on the season with a 3-0 (25-7, 25-11, 25-8) win over AL Corbett.
Lexi Floyd finished the match with 15 aces, and Katie Clamp and Payton Tyler led the team in assist with four each. Schofield plays host to Aiken on Thursday.
St. Andrews 0
The University of South Carolina Aiken broke open a scoreless match midway through the second half and never looked back in the 5-0 victory over St. Andrews Monday evening in a non-conference affair.
The Pacers improve to 2-3-1 on the season with the win.
“We made some adjustments at halftime,” head coach Ike Ofoje said. “We needed to play a game like this. We had a game plan and executed it well.
“We knew if we could get one goal, things would start falling into place for us and they did. We needed to play like this and know that we could score as we prepare for our Peach Belt Conference opener on Wednesday. This gave us a confidence boost.”
After a scoreless first half, Sajih Daychoum got the home team on the board at the 68:37 mark.
After a scoreless first half, Sajih Daychoum got the home team on the board at the 68:37 mark. After a corner kick that was played into the box, several players fought for the ball. Daychoum got his boot on it, turned and fired home a shot past Leandro Custodio for a 1-0 advantage.
A minute later, the Knights pressured the Pacers and nearly got a clean look at the goal. However, USC Aiken managed to get the ball out of its defensive third of the pitch.
Noel Mais received the ball and raced past two defenders, juking one to the ground. He then crossed the ball to Nader Fakih near the top of the box. Fakih one-timed it to the lower right of the goal for a 2-0 margin the team would not relinquish.
Mais nearly scored himself. In the 76th minute, he dribbled one way and quickly changed directions, faking out the defender. He was unable to finish the play, but the ball was booted around until it found the feet of Jarrel Smalls. He blasted a shot from 20 yards out, but the keeper had his hands on it momentarily. The ball trickled through the goalkeepers’ legs for the third score of the night. The time of the goal was the 76:14 mark.
In the 85th minute, there was a foul in the box after a deft play by Mais. The Pacers were awarded a penalty kick and Gabriel Locher calmly found the bottom left of the net. USC Aiken, however, was not done. In the 87th minute, Locher netted his second goal of the night after Hunter Bailey played the ball to him just a few yards outside of the goal. Locher one-timed it into the open net for the score.
For the match, USC Aiken totaled 16 shots to six by the visitors. Joshua Poissant had one save in the contest. The home team totaled eight corner kicks to three by St. Andrews.
The Pacers return to the pitch on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in a Peach Belt Conference contest against Young Harris.