Schifer’s goal lifts Cougars

MOUNT PLEASANT — Behind freshmen forward Jessica Schifer’s fifth game-winning goal of the season and second of the weekend, the College of Charleston women’s soccer team defeated Drexel, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Patriots Point.

The Cougars (8-3, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association) picked up back-to-back conference victories for the first time since joining the CAA in 2013. Charleston, which has won five straight, is also off to its best 11-game start since they began the 2008 season 8-2-1.

Drexel held possession most of the first half despite both teams only putting up four shots. The Dragons ended Lauren Killian’s shutout streak at 369 minutes when Vanessa Kara chipped the ball just over Killian off the left post and into the back of the net in the 14th minute.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Cougars opened the second half on the attack. Freshmen forward Raymara Barreto began the comeback when freshmen forward Laura Ortega set her up from the left side of the box for her team-leading fourth assist. Barreto received the ball screaming down the middle of the box and buried her fifth goal of the season to tie the match at 1 in the 53rd minute.

Just seven minutes later, freshmen midfielder Sara Deutsch stole possession at midfield and played a beautiful ball to lead Schifer on a breakaway. Outrunning one defender and dodging the goalie, Schifer gave the Cougars a 2-1 lead.

The Cougars are next at Northeastern on Friday to begin a stretch of four straight road games.

Charleston Southern climbed one spot with a final round 7-under to finish fifth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Spirit Hollow Golf Club in Burlington, Iowa. Junior Austin James had a career-best finish, taking third at 8-under par for the weekend.

Iowa won the event, finishing 22 under as a team to win by three over North Carolina State. Idaho (-18), Kansas State (-12) and the Buccaneers, who finished at 9-under, round out the top five. CSU finished two strokes ahead of SMU.

Iowa’s Raymond Knoll and Kansas State’s Jeremy Gandon finished tied for medalist honors at 11 under.

James had four birdies in his round of 2-under 70, three off the pace.

Sophomore Jake Ezell put together the Bucs’ best round of the day. He had five birdies and finished with a 3-under 69 to tie for 67th.

CSU returns to action Oct. 19-20 at the Elon Phoenix Invitational, played at Alamance Country Club.

South Carolina junior golfer Katelyn Dambaugh carded the low score at 7-under 65 in the openign round of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate at Reunion Resort’s Watson Course in Orlando, Fla. The former Pinewood Prep standout and the Gamecocks stand in a tie for sixth after firing a 286 (2 under).

Dambaugh opened the tournament with eight birdies, starting on the par-four 2nd. She tallied five birdies on the front nine and made the turn at 4-under before registering birdies on No. 13, 14 and 17. The Goose Creek native stands two shots clear of the field.

Southern California sits atop the leaderboard after opening with a 276 (-12). Duke (277) and Texas A&M (278) round out the top three following the conclusion of the first day.

The Citadel women’s team will travel to Bluffton to take part in the Sand Shark Shootout on Monday.

The tournament, hosted by USC Beaufort, is a shotgun start on Monday and Tuesday. The Bulldogs will start at 1 p.m. each day.

The competition will be held at Hampton Hall Country Club, a par-72 course designed and built by Pete Dye in 2004.