SAU roundup: Football and volleyball teams victorious in season openers

By: Staff report

SAU football opens season with win

JACKSONVILLE, Fl. – The St. Andrews Knights football team defeated Edward Waters College 15-13 on Saturday.

“I am very pleased with the effort and how hard the kids played,” St. Andrews head coach David Harper said.

The Knights scored all 15 points in the second quarter and held the Tigers scoreless until the fourth quarter. The Knights’ points came on a 53 yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Kacey Otto to sophomore wide receiver Kashard Cohens, a 4-yard rushing touchdown by sophomore running back Chris Decker and a 27-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Carson Gibbs.

Otto finished the game 3 for 5 for 80 yards, and Scotland High School graduate Dashaun Ferguson was 6 for 10 for 98 yards. Decker led the rushing attack with 62 yards on 13 carries. Cohens added 1 carry for 49 yards along with five receptions for 91 yards.

On defense, the Knights were led by freshman safety Idrise Strange, who had six solo tackles and assisted on four tackles. Sophomore linebacker Andrew Austin added five solo tackles and assists on two tackles as well as one sack for a 10-yard loss.

The Knights return to action on Saturday as they host Southeastern University at 1:30 p.m.

Knights kick off season with win

LAURINBURG — In a regional matchup against the visiting Division II Broncos of Fayetteville State University on Saturday, the St. Andrews volleyball team opened up its schedule with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-11) victory.

“I thought the team did a great job for it being the first game,” St. Andrews head coach Holly Mandeville said. “We have worked very hard this preseason getting everyone on the same page, and I think it showed today. We still have a long way to go, but I am proud of how they played overall.”

The Knights were led by Kaylah Sloop with nine kills, Kellie Price with three kills and six blocks, Shalia Powell with 14 assists and four defensive digs, Destiney O’Kane with four blocks and Karina Lozada with six digs. The Broncos were led by Bojo Jada with eight kills and Meagan Greene with six digs.

St. Andrews will be on the road Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 in Marietta, Georgia to face Faulkner University, College of Coastal Georgia, Brewton-Parker College and Life University. The team will return home on Sept. 4 to host Columbia College.

Men’s soccer loses twice at SCAD Invitational

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. — In its first road trip of the 2018 season, the St. Andrews men’s soccer team dropped two games in the Savannah College of Art and Design Invitational played in Hardeeville, South Carolina. Joining St. Andrews and SCAD in the event were Tennessee Wesleyan College and Southeastern University.

In their first game of the invitational, the Knights fell to SEU 4-0. In the second, the Knights lost to SCAD 3-1. The Bees scored all three goals in the first half against the Knights, and goalkeeper Valentino Parini kept them out of the net throughout the entire second half. Parini posted seven saves with three goals allowed. St. Andrews’ Julio Rico scored on a penalty kick at the 82:21 mark.

The Bulldogs of TWC were the only team to win both of its contests in the event. SCAD and SEU finished 1-1 each, while the Knights finished 0-2.

The Knights will be back in action on Sept. 1 at noon as they travel to Beckley, West Virginia to face West Virginia Institute of Technology. Their first home game will be on Sept. 5 as the men’s (4 p.m.) and women’s (2 p.m.) soccer teams play host to Regent University.

Staff report