Melissa Drish helped get South Alabama’s conference tournament off to a fantastic start. The Heritage graduate made seven saves in a 2-0 victory over Georgia State in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt women’s conference tournament Wednesday in San Marcos, Texas.
South Alabama, the No. 2 seed, will play the winner of No. 3 Louisiana Lafayette-No. 6 Arkansas State in Friday’s semifinals.
Drish moved to 10-5-2 with her fifth shut out in net. She also helped the Jaguars defeat Georgia State for the second time after the senior made five saves in a 2-1 victory October 10.
Clarissa Hernandez scored both goals for South Alabama, which improved to 13-5-2.
Georgia State, which was the No. 7 seed and finished the season 6-10-1, had 16 shots against Drish, seven of which were on goal, including Salem graduate and redshirt-senior Jordan Young’s chance in the 74th minute.
Peoples, Furman head to SoCon quarters
Another Heritage soccer graduate, Tyler Peoples, will be looking to advance in a conference tournament as Furman hosts Davidson in the Southern Conference quarterfinals Saturday.
Peoples, a sophomore midfielder, is second on the team with five goals and has added an assist in 16 games.
The No. 4 seed Paladins finished the regular season 10-4-2, but limp into the league tournament having lost three consecutive games. Furman defeated No. 5 seed Davidson 2-0 in the regular season match October 12.