CLEMSON — Freshman Thales De Mello Moreno scored early in the second overtime to Clemson to a 2-1 victory over South Carolina in a men’s soccer game in front of more than 5,500 fans.
He is the first Clemson player to have his first career goal as a game-winner in overtime against South Carolina. This is the 11th overtime match between the two schools since the series began in 1978.
With the win, Clemson improves to 2-0, South Carolina drops to 1-1.
Clemson took the lead in the 23rd minute when Thomas McNamara converted on a penalty kick for his second goal of the year. South Carolina’s Mahamoudou Kaba was called for a hand-ball in the box that led to the penalty kick. South Carolina equalized in the 55th minute. Ryan Arambula sent a corner kick to the far post and Kaba headed the ball in from six yards out.
Moreno scored the game-winner at 101:36. Moreno dribbled down to the top of the box just left of the arc. He sent a diagonal shot from 20 yards out that hit the right corner of the netting.