College Sports

Isaac's strike powers Eagles past Longwood

FARMVILLE, Va. -- For the second straight game, Saidi Isaac provided the game-winning goal, leading Winthrop's men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Longwood in the final game of the Lancer Invitational on Sunday.

Isaac's game-winner came in the 23rd minute, when he took a ball played by Stephen Nsereko and beat keeper Bryandt Youmans for his third goal of the season.

The Eagles (3-1) continued to apply pressure but never had a great scoring chance. The best chances came minutes after Isaac's first goal.

Isaac broke free twice for one-on-ones with Youmans and put the first shot wide at the near post. The second shot was a kick save by Youmans.

"We started out very poorly and were trying to play too direct," said coach Rich Posipanko, who has 299 career wins. "The last 30 minutes of the first half and the first 25 of the second half, we played quite well."

The win was the second straight for Winthrop and the second shutout of the year. Patrick Mitrovich made two saves to earn the shutout, the 11th of his career.

Winthrop returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday, facing Georgia Southern in the Winthrop/Wingate Inn Classic. Radford plays Gardner-Webb at 5 p.m.

• VOLLEYBALL: In Fort Collins, Colo., Winthrop lost both its matches on the final day of the Hilton Classic, dropping a five-game marathon to Miami (Ohio) and a four-game match to Colorado State.

The Eagles (1-8) fell to the Redhawks (3-5) 30-23, 26-30, 30-28, 31-33, 15-11.

Junior middle hitter Shannon Sitzmann collected 22 kills, a career-high. Sophomore right side Kelley Taylor, freshman outside hitter Kellie Sellers and freshman middle hitter Kaley Viola were also in double figures.

Sellers, adding 11 digs, and freshman setter Kelsey Hall, with 57 assists and 13 digs, had double-doubles. Junior defensive specialist Pohai Nu'uhiwa led with 23 digs.

"We played a great match against Miami, but we need to keep working on finishing off close games," coach Sally Polhamus said.

The Eagles fell to Colorado State (5-3) 30-23, 28-30, 30-19, 30-18.

The Eagles had double-digit kill performances from Sitzmann, who made the all-tournament team, and Sellers, with Hall assisting 35 times. Nu'uhiwa grabbed 19 digs and was the only Eagle in double figures on defense.

"We just need to keep on maturing," said Polhamus.

After nine straight road matches, the Eagles open their home schedule Friday in the Wingate Invitational at the Winthrop Coliseum. The Eagles play Mercer at 7:30 p.m. and square off against Troy at 10 a.m. and Georgetown at 7 p.m. Saturday.

• GOLF: In Draper, Va., Winthrop's Lady Eagle golf team tied the 18-hole school record with a 292 in the opening round of the Draper Valley Intercollegiate on Monday. Winthrop and Charleston Southern enter today's final round with a four-shot cushion over third place Elon in the 15-team field.

All five Winthrop golfers finished with rounds below 80 as they equaled the school record for 18 holes, which was set last fall during the Lady Catamount Invitational at Waynesville Country Club.

Senior Jutta Degerman fired a 71 to lead the field, followed by sophomore Rachel Ann Smith with a 72. Two strokes back at 74 is Fort Mill native and junior Sara Hester, while freshman Allie Itria finished with a 75. Junior Brittany Dabule turned in a 78. Playing as an individual and shooting a 82 was sophomore Erin Sweeney.

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