CROSS COUNTRY

Wednesday


Aiken High boys finish second at Ridge View


Competing in a nine-team meet at Ridge View High School, the Aiken boys’ cross country team finished second.


A trio of Hornets finished in the top 10, led by Layton Gwinn in seventh place with a time of 18:44 in the 5K race. David McKeel and Ian DeMass finished in ninth and 10th place at 18:55.


The junior varsity team finished second out of seven teams, led by Joey Rabin at 20:27.


In girls’ action, the Hornets finished third overall, but Ashbrook Gwinn won the race at 19:22. Amanda Teasdale was next up in 18th place at 24:02.


The girls’ junior varsity squad finished fourth out of five teams.


SOCCER

Men


USC Aiken 0,


Pfeiffer 0 (2OT)


After playing all of regulation and a pair of overtime periods, USC Aiken and Pfeiffer opened their seasons Thursday with a scoreless tie at the Pacer Pit.


USCA out-shot its opponent 16-9. Pfeiffer’s Nicolas Dulac and the Pacers’ Joshua Poissant each had three saves.


USCA will next play at Queens (N.C.) on Saturday.


Women


No. 15 Rollins 4, USC Aiken 1


The USC Aiken women’s soccer team struck first in the season-opening match, but eventually fell by a 4-1 count in a hard-fought contest against No. 15 Rollins.


Rollins controlled the opening minutes of the match, registering the first three shots in the contest, two of which were stopped by keeper Alli Edens.


After Eden’s second save of the afternoon, USCA pushed forward, gaining momentum. The squad played a ball that was knocked away for a corner kick. The Pacers regained possession just a few seconds later near midfield. Megan Smits played the ball to Hannah Allison, who played the ball across the frame from 10 yards out, putting the home team ahead 1-0 at the 10:06 mark.


The Pacers continued to push the Tars in the half, maintaining the 1-0 advantage until the 41st minute. Rollins played a through ball that Nikki Haimes tried to get a boot on. Edens thwarted the first attempt, but Haimes was able to leap over a diving Edens and softly touch the ball into the net, tying the score at 1-1.


Brenna McKee made a long run on the right side before finding the back of the net for a 2-1 edge just 33 seconds into the second stanza for what turned out to be the game-winning goal.


USCA returns to action Saturday afternoon when the squad hosts USC Beaufort at 5 p.m.


VOLLEYBALL

Aiken 3, Greenbrier (Ga.) 0


Aiken (9-0-1) stayed unbeaten for the young season with the home win. Carly Bland and Anna Tovo tied for the team lead in kills with six each, followed closely by Olivia Fiscus with five. Emily Teelon set up the Hornet attack, recording 21 assists on the night. Courtney Law led the way defensively with six digs.


Wednesday


Ridge Spring-Monetta 3, Saluda 0


Ridge Spring-Monetta won its season opener over Saluda 25-12, 25-11, 25-21. Tiffany Gomillion had a team-high eight aces and also led the team with four digs, while Raven Valentine had three blocks and five kills. Amber Merritt added two assists.


In junior varsity play, the Trojans won 25-20, 25-7 and got four aces from Shantoria Etherredge. RS-M will next host Region 4-A foe Hunter-Kinard-Tyler at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.