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Gamecock Soccer: Two Conference Titles, Two Coach of the Year Awards

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The South Carolina Men's and Women's Soccer teams accomplished quite a feat this season. Both earned regular season conference championships and both coaches earned Coach of the Year honors from the conferences after coming out on top of schedules riddled with Top-25 ranked teams. It is the first-ever double sweep for the Gamecocks.

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Women's Soccer after claiming the SEC regular season championship

Both teams epitomized the saying, "it's not how you start, it's how you finish." Women's Soccer suffered a few tough losses out of conference to begin the season, then started off SEC play 1-2 before going on a tear. The Gamecocks won a program-record eight straight games, including upsets of other SEC leaders LSU and Florida on the road, to finish the season as SEC Champions with a 9-2 conference record. It is the first regular season conference championship in program history.

Men's Soccer also had a slow start after working nine newcomers into the fold, including a few who quickly earned playing time and starting roles. The Gamecocks would finish with a 6-1-1 record in conference play, including Coach Berson's 450th career win in a double overtime 1-0 upset victory over UCF on the road in Orlando.

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2011 South Carolina Soccer Honors:

Men's Soccer:
- Conference USA Regular Season Co-Champions
- No.1 Seed in C-USA over co-champion UAB by virtue of 1-0 regular season victory
- Mark Berson: Conference USA Coach of the Year
- Bradlee Baladez: first team All-Conference USA
- Stephen Morrissey: second team All-Conference USA, Capital One Academic All-American District IV First Team, Conference USA All-Academic Team
- Braeden Troyer: third team All-Conference USA, Conference USA All-Freshman team
- Danny Cates: third team All-Conference USA
- Eric Martinez: Conference USA All-Academic Team

Women's Soccer:
- SEC Regular Season Champions
- Shelley Smith: SEC Coach of the Year
- Kayla Grimsley: SEC Offensive Player of the Year, first team All-SEC
- Sabrina D'Angelo: SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, SEC Freshman of the Year, first team All-SEC, SEC All-Freshman team
- Ellen Fahey: first team All-SEC


Men's Soccer faces SMU in the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament Friday at 6:00 p.m. ET in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Women's Soccer will host Texas on Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET here in Columbia at Stone Stadium for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth (17 and under), students and faculty/staff. The first 200 Carolina students will be admitted free of charge at the Whaley St. entrance.
 

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