ATHENS, Tenn. — The St. Andrews University men’s soccer team continued their improbable run through the postseason a with an upset over the favored No. 2 seed Tennessee Wesleyan College Bulldogs 2-1 on Saturday in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
The Knights will now advance to Thursday’s tournament semifinals for the first time, where they will play Virginia Intermont College in a neutral site game in Dayton, Tenn., which is the home of the No. 1 seed Bryan College. VIC beat Montreat 5-4 on penalty kicks to advance, while Bryan topped Union 1-0 in extra time and Point beat Truett-McConnell 2-1 to advance. Kickoff times for the semifinal games are still to be determined.
TWC took the 1-0 lead at the half and led until midway through the second half when junior forward Caio Lima tied it at one in the 75th minute. The Knights would then take the lead just seven minutes later on a goal by sophomore forward Zimiso Stewart.
The Knights (7-10-2) then played defense the rest of the way to pull of the win.
Knights goalkeeper Leandro Custodio made seven saves to get the win in the hard fought game that consisted of 32 combined fouls.
While the men’s team advanced to the next round, the SAU women’s soccer team lost their quarterfinal matchup with the No. 1 seeded Reinhardt University 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Reinhardt scored the game winner in the 49th minute of play as the Eagles’ Kristen Clegg stole the ball from a Knights’ defender and beat SAU’s keeper for the goal.
Reinhardt (13-3-2) will now host the conference tournament semifinals and finals at their place when they play Truett-McConnell on Thursday. Montreat will battle Milligan in the other semifinal.
Knights keeper Jessica Griffith played really well as she kept her team in the game by making seven saves. However, the Knights were outshot 16-5. Reinhardt’s keeper, Taylor Asher, played just as well as she picked up her sixth shutout of the season.
Freshman forward Alejandra Bittelman led the team with two shots while sophomore midfielders Hayley Peck and Miranda Kearney and freshman Laura Deihl each had one apiece.
The Lady Knights finish their season with a 7-12 overall record.