Junior Lolly Holland broke open an even game in the 82nd minute with a goal to lead No. 12 South Carolina to a 1-0 victory against Boston University Friday night at Nickerson Field in Boston.
The win moves the Gamecocks to 1-0-0 on the year and drops the Terriers to 0-1-0 in the season opener for both squads that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year.
Holland notched her second career goal with less than nine minutes to go to put the Gamecocks on the board with a 1-0 lead. The goal came at 81:41 courtesy of an assist from MAC Hermann Trophy Award watch list candidate Kayla Grimsley.
With the win, South Carolina improves to 9-5-2 all-time in season openers, and it is their first victory in a road season opening game since the team defeated No. 1 North Carolina 1-0 in the 2007 opener.
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Holland's score broke open an even game that saw the Terriers control possession the first half before the Gamecocks began to put together their own runs in the second stanza. Before the South Carolina victory, Boston University had not lost a home game since the 2008 opener against Boston College. The Terriers went undefeated at home in 2009 and had a string of 20 consecutive wins at Nickerson Field.
"It was a first game performance," South Carolina head coach Shelley Smith said. "We're going to get better from here. The fact that the team came through and put it together on the road against a very good BU team, I'm thrilled with the results and proud of our effort. We have a lot to work with, and we'll get better each game."
Senior goalkeeper Mollie Patton earned her 23rd career shutout and continues to widen her South Carolina record for career shutouts. She is now 10 shy of tying the SEC record.
South Carolina returns to action Sunday when the team plays Northeastern University in its home opener.