It is that time of the year again: football season. The Gamecocks were victorious Saturday against a pesky East Carolina team. However, there are some other team performances within the university that deserve recognition and attention. All across the board, it was a rather good week for South Carolina athletics.
The men's soccer team was able to get back on track after a rough start, after going 2-0 for the week with wins over Georgia Southern (2-1) and Florida Atlantic (1-0). They improved their record to 3-3-0 (1-0-0 C-USA). Against Georgia Southern, they went down early 1-0 and trailed for most of the game, but a free kick score from freshman Luca Mayr in the 85th minute and an extra time goal from senior Kevin Walker in the 98th minute gave the Gamecocks a morale-boosting victory. The lone goal against Florida Atlantic came in the 69th minute from senior Danny Deakin.
The women's soccer team also won two games this weekend and are still unbeaten, currently sitting at 14th in the country and expected to rise. Against UNC Greensboro, senior Chelsea Drennan scored in the 26th and 37th minute as South Carolina cruised to a 3-0 victory. They then opened conference play at Auburn with a 1-0 win behind junior Savannah McCaskill's first half goal. Their record is now 8-0-1 (2-0-0 in the SEC).
Women's Cross Country
The Gamecocks finished in first place in the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational against Presbyterian, USC Upstate, and Winthrop (host). Senior Mary Reiser had an impressive performance after finishing with a time of 18;40.3.
The volleyball remained undefeated and improved their record to 12-0 for the season with shutout wins over Davidson and Gardner-Webb, and a 3 to 1 victory over Wiliiam & Mary. The Gamecocks start conference play on the road at Missouri on Wednesday.
The men's golf team finished tied for 8th in the opening 2016 Carpet Capital Collegiate. The squad shot +2 for the whole tournament and individually, Keenan Huskey finished the tournament -4.
The Gamecocks topped Alabama 8-2 on Friday in an exhibition. They open the season against Baylor at OneWood Farm in Blythewood this coming Friday.
Overall, it was an almost-near perfect week for the Gamecocks across the board with the exception of men's golf. Each team didn't lose, let alone tie any games/matches these past 7 days. Volleyball and women's soccer remains unbeaten while men's soccer and women's cross country both had very successful confidence-boosting weeks.