Sophomore Danielle Au scored two goals in the opening 20 minutes and senior Kayla Grimsley tied the program mark for single-game assists to lead South Carolina to a 4-1 victory against Alabama Friday night at Stone Stadium.
The win improves South Carolina to 9-5-0 (3-2-0 SEC), while Alabama moves to 6-5-2 (1-3-1 SEC).
Au scored in the 10th and 19th minutes for the first multi-goal game of her career to notch her first goals since hitting the game-winner at Clemson.
Kortney Rhoades added a third goal in the 25th minute, and Lolly Holland scored off a penalty kick in the 84th for South Carolina’s third four-goal performance of the season.
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Alabama’s Theresa Diederich spoiled the shutout with a penalty kick in the 73rd minute.
Grimsley tied the program record for single-game assists after connecting on all three of South Carolina’s first-half goals. It is the fourth time a player has earned three assists in a game, and she is the third player to do so.
Maria Petroni and Ellen Fahey also were attributed with assists in the match. Freshman Sabrina D’Angelo earned the win in goal with two saves with the only goal allowed being the second half penalty kick.
South Carolina returns to action Sunday when the team takes on No. 22 Auburn at Stone Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. in a match that will air live on CSS and ESPN3.com.