Senior Kayla Grimsley scored her 40th career goal on Friday night to lead South Carolina to its first win at Mississippi State since the 2003 season.
The Gamecocks (11-5-0, 5-2-0 SEC) took the 1-0 shutout victory with Grimsley’s goal in the 58th minute to improve South Carolina’s win streak to four games.
Freshman Sabrina D’Angelo recorded her third career shutout with two saves to prevent the Bulldogs (4-8-3, 1-5-1 SEC) from getting a goal. It is the first loss for Mississippi State at home this season after going unbeaten in their previous seven matches in Starkville, including a 2-0 victory over then-No. 20 Auburn two weeks ago.
South Carolina’s backline limited the Bulldogs to just four shots total and two shots on goal. It is the fourth time in the last five games that South Carolina has limited the opposition to four shots on goal or less.
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It wasn’t until Grimsley’s goal at 57:09 broke the scoreless match when she ran through the backline before firing a shot from near the top of the ’18. The goal was Grimsley’s 109th point, moving her just six points away from tying Jennie Ondo’s program record of 115 points.
South Carolina takes on the Ole Miss Rebels at 2 p.m. (ET) Sunday to finish off the weekend.