Western Carolina broke a scoreless tie late in the first half and went on to a 4-0 victory over The Citadel in a Southern Conference women’s soccer contest Sunday at WLI Field.

The loss ends The Citadel’s hopes for a berth in the conference playoffs. The Bulldogs (5-10-2, 3-7 SoCon) have nine points on the strength of their three league wins, but eight teams have already reached the 10-point mark. The game against Western was the final SoCon contest of the season for The Citadel.

The Catamounts (9-8-1, 3-6) kept their playoffs hopes alive and will earn a spot with a win over Appalachian State on Wednesday. Western can also make the tournament with a tie and Davidson win over Georgia Southern.

Neither team could dent the scoreboard until Western’s Kayla Sedgley slipped through the defense and put the ball past Bulldog goalkeeper Sam Millspaugh in the 41st minute to give the Catamounts what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Millspaugh was making her first appearance of the season

The College of Charleston women’s soccer team suffered a 4-1 loss on its Senior Day in the final game of the season against Drexel at Patriots Point on Sunday afternoon.

C of C (2-14-1, 0-7-1 CAA) dug itself into a four-goal hole after a sluggish start to the contest, but fought back. Jade Reynolds scored her first of the season just before the half after she collected a long free-kick sent into the box by Sarah Cardamone, but the deficit was too much to overcome.

Golf

College of Charleston sophomore Josh Lorenzetti fired an even-par 72 and is in a five-way tie for eighth after the opening round of The Invitational at The Ocean Course at the Kiawah Island Resort.

Lorenzetti, who won the 2013 Southern Conference individual title, made his second appearance of the fall for the Cougars. He shot 1-under on the back nine with a total of four birdies for the round.

Sophomore John Jonas, a transfer from LSU, is tied for 26th at +3. He fought back from a tough start on the back nine with a 3-under front nine with four birdies on No. 2, 4, 5 and 8.

As a team, C of C is 11th, carding a first-round 306 (+18). Individually, J.T. Poston of Western Carolina is the current leader shooting 5-under (67) for the day, while Tyler Wingo of Notre Dame is one-stroke back at 4-under (68). The average score for the round was 76.64.

No. 39-ranked Kentucky leads the tournament field playing even for the day with a 288.

Charleston Southern and No. 5 Georgia are tied for fourth at +9.

The No. 34-ranked College of Charleston women’s golf team is three strokes off the lead after recording a score of +16 on day one of the Palmetto Intercollegiate at the Turtle Point golf course on Kiawah Island.

Play was suspended Sunday evening as round two was called due to darkness. The players will pick up where they left off Monday, finishing the second round before moving on to round three.

Individually, freshman and two-time CAA Player of the Week Laura Fuenfstueck is tied for the lead at two-under with Jessica Haigwood of GRU Augusta. Fuenfstueck shot a three-under 69 in the first round and is currently one-over in her second round with three holes to play.

No. 39-ranked Kansas is leading the team competition with a score of +13 after carding a first-round score of 297.

Rifle

The Citadel rifle team earned wins over Southeastern Air Rifle Conference foes Wofford and Georgia Southern in consecutive days over the weekend as the Bulldogs fired air rifle marks of 2256 and 2250, respectively, at the Inouye Marksmanship Center.

On day one of the competition the Bulldog marksmen came out firing as two members of the team carded scores of 570 or higher. Robert Jackson led all shooters with a mark of 576 while teammate Richard Hunton recorded a 571 to earn a tie for second place overall with Wofford’s Tommy McKelvey.

The Citadel carded a team score of 2256 to earn the victory. Wofford (2212) took second place, and Georgia Southern (2201) placed third.

The women’s team scored 2227 points on Saturday with a team-high mark of 564 by Teddi Haliscak. Margaret LaRiviere (558), Ashten Byrne (555), Haley Osmer (550) and Jennifer Burch (522) also received scores for the Bulldog women.

The Citadel co-ed team posted the day’s top three air rifle scores on Sunday as Hunton took the individual crown with a 574, while Byrne and Jackson carded 570s. Yeh (561), Moy (545) and Chen (542) rounded out the top five.

The women’s team logged a team score of 2217 on Sunday. After Byrne’s team-leading 570 was Haliscak (567), LaRiviere (541), Ordway (544) and Osmer (539).

Basketball Block Party

Just under two weeks away from the start of the season, the College of Charleston men’s and women’s basketball teams kicked off the 2013-14 campaign in style Sunday night on George Street in downtown Charleston, where C of C hosted its first Basketball Block Party.

Arriving together in a team bus, players and coaches alike were met by hundreds of Cougar faithful excited to get their first look at the year’s edition of C of C basketball.

“This was a great event,” said men’s head basketball coach Doug Wojcik. “We have great fans, and we want them to be our sixth man. It was a great way to kick off the season.”

“What a great night,” said women’s head basketball coach Natasha Adair. “We’re under two weeks away from the start of the season now, and it’s great to be able to spend time with our fans. They are very important to our success. We want to have the best fans in the CAA.”