Men's soccer: Gamecocks top Tulsa 2-1
The South Carolina men's soccer team (4-4-1, 2-0-0 C-USA) earned a 2-1 win over Tulsa (4-5-0, 0-1-0 C-USA) on Friday night in Conference USA action at Stone Stadium.
Sophomore midfielder J.P. Rafferty tallied Carolina's first goal in the match, while the second goal was an own goal on Tulsa. Gamecock goalkeeper Alex Long earned one save in the win.
"We really worked this week on stepping up our pressure to the ball and that was a big focus of ours, and the guys responded tremendously," South Carolina head coach Mark Berson said. "I couldn't be more proud of the way they came out and executed the way we wanted to play tonight."
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Tulsa held a 14-12 upperhand in shots in the match, but the Gamecocks earned an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Sophomore forward Bradlee Baladez, who had the corner kick that resulted in Carolina's second goal, talled two shots on goal, as did freshman forward Snoopy Davidson. Rafferty's goal was his second of the season, while senior defender Danny Cates collected his second assist of the season on the tally.
South Carolina travels to UAB on Tuesday, continuing Conference USA play. Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET.
Women's soccer: Kentucky slips past Gamecocks
Kentucky scored a goal with three minutes remaining in the first half to take a 1-0 decision over South Carolina Friday night at Stone Stadium.
The loss drops South Carolina to 7-5-0 (1-2-0 SEC), while Kentucky improves to 9-2-0 (2-1-0 SEC).
The Gamecocks had not dropped consecutive games - non-conference or SEC play - since the 2009 season. Caitlin Landis scored the game-winning goal at 41:34 with a low shot to the far post after Kelsey Hunyadi intercepted the ball yards in front of the '18.
"It was a tale of two halves," South Carolina head coach Shelley Smith said. "Unfortunately we didn't get the goal we needed to come back and tie. We told the team and we all knew that we were disappointed with the first half performance. To give up that type of goal and give a team a chance like that was very disappointing. I knew the team would come back in the second half and play much better, and they did."
It is the first time South Carolina has dropped back-to-back home games at The Graveyard since the 2005 season.
South Carolina hosts Vanderbilt Sunday in a game that will be nationally televised by ESPNU. Kickoff between the Gamecocks and Commodores is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Stone Stadium.