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Latest Conceptual Renderings of Future Facilities

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Check out a slideshow of the latest conceptual renderings (note: finished product may differ from the rendering) of future facilities for Gamecock Athletics that advanced in the approval process on February 28, 2013. View below or click here to launch slideshow.

 




THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

All of this week's home events have conference implications. Equestrian will have an SEC Championship for the first time this year, and faces Auburn in their second event of the fall. Women's Soccer hosts two big SEC foes and two big women's initiatives this weekend in Tennessee on Friday (our Kick for the Cure Game to support breast cancer awareness) and Georgia on Sunday (our Title IX Day to spotlight the history of women's soccer.) Men's Soccer will also host a conference match on Sunday, hosting UCF at 3:30 p.m. Football will also take on the Dawgs in a highly anticipated SEC showdown this Saturday. We will host ESPN's College GameDay broadcast from the historic Horseshoe on campus. We will also host the Lowe's Tailgate featuring a free concert by country music artist Billy Currington at 5 p.m. on The Garnet Way in the former Farmer's Market.


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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Equestrian vs. Auburn - 2 p.m.
-    Free Posters

"Carolina Calls" - 7-8 p.m. - Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista
Radio Affiliates



Friday, October 5, 2012

Women's Soccer vs. Tennessee - 7 p.m.
-    Kick for the Cure Game in support of breast cancer awareness
-    Pink Pom Pom giveaway



Saturday, October 6, 2012

Football vs. Georgia - 7 p.m.
-    Game is sold out -- please beware counterfeit tickets. Fans may verify ticket authenticity at the South Carolina ticket office.
-    ESPN's College GameDay broadcasting live from the Horseshoe, 9 a.m. to noon
-    Gamecock Walk - 4:40 p.m.
-    Lowe's Tailgate concert with Billy Currington on the Garnet Way - 5 p.m.



Sunday, October 7, 2012

Women's Soccer vs. Georgia - 1 p.m.
-    Free Bojangles gift card to first 100 fans
-    Title IX Day -
We will spotlight the history of South Carolina Women's Soccer, as well as how Title IX affected our players in a positive way
-    Alumni Day - former players and coaches welcomed to the match

Men's Soccer vs. UCF - 3:30 p.m.
-    $1 admission with ticket stub from the football game vs. Georgia
-    Verizon Bandana Giveaway
-    Guard the Yard - Dorm Challenge - The dorm that has the highest percentage of attendees after this season's four C-USA games will receive a grand prize at the end of the season!


Gamecocks on the road...
Men's Golf at Rees Jones Invitational - Monday - Tuesday
Men's Tennis at ITA All-American - Monday - Sunday
Women's Tennis at ITA All-American - Monday - Sunday
Women's Golf at NCAA Fall Preview - Saturday - Sunday
Volleyball at Texas A&M - Friday, 9:30 p.m. ET - TV: SportSouth
Volleyball at LSU - Sunday, 2 p.m. ET



THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...


Volleyball returns from a road trip to host two big SEC matches starting with Florida on Friday at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to match the team's uniforms and wear white to the match! Volleyball will also host Ole Miss this Sunday at 1:30 on International Fitness Day - the first 100 children will receive a free water bottle to encourage fitness. Men's Soccer will host FIU on Saturday on Youth Soccer Night with several activities for kids. Equestrian hosts their first home event of the year earlier that day taking on Oklahoma State at 1 p.m.

 

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Carolina Calls" - 7-8 p.m. - Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista
Radio Affiliates


Friday, September 28, 2012

Volleyball vs. #13 Florida - 7 p.m.
-    WHITE OUT - everyone is encouraged to wear white to the match!
-    Free Rally Towel and Bandana giveaway


Saturday, September 29, 2012

#4 Equestrian vs. #5 Oklahoma State - 1 p.m.
-   Free admission at One Wood Farm in Blythewood
-   Team posters
-   First home event of the season!


Men's Soccer vs. FIU - 7 p.m.
-    Guard the Yard
The dorm that has the highest percentage of attendees after this season's four C-USA games will receive a grand prize at the end of the season!
-    Boy Scout Night
-    Youth Soccer Night
Cones, drills, and goals available for youth play


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Volleyball vs. Ole Miss - 1:30 p.m.
-    International Fitness Day
First 100 kids (12 and under) will receive a free water bottle in support of International Fitness Day
-    High School Night
-    Post-Match Autograph Session


Gamecocks on the road...  (all times Eastern)

Men's Soccer at SMU - Monday, 8 p.m.
Women's Soccer at Auburn - Friday, 8 p.m.
Cross Country at Charlotte Invitational - Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Men's Tennis at Chattanooga Invitational - Friday-Sunday
Women's Tennis at ITA All-American Championships - Saturday-Thursday
Football at Kentucky - Saturday, 7 p.m. TV: ESPN2
Women's Soccer at Vanderbilt - Sunday, 2 p.m.

THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Men's Soccer is the next Carolina squad to take on rival Clemson this year. Our record vs. the Tigers so far in the 2012-13 season is 1-1 after a sweep by the Gamecocks in Volleyball and a tough double OT golden goal 1-0 victory by Clemson in Women's Soccer.
Football will host Missouri in the first SEC home game of the season. A limited number of tickets are still available and may be purchased online, by phone at 800-4SC-FANS or in person at the Colonial Life Arena Ticket Office for $60 each.


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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Men's Soccer vs. Clemson - 7 p.m.
- It's National Cheeseburger Day! Cheeseburgers are just $1 for the first 100 fans who are wearing a Beat Clemson or Garnet shirt.
- First 200 fans will receive a free "Beat Clemson" t-shirt
- First 300 fans after the Beat Clemson t-shirts are gone will receive a free rally towel

- Double Student Rewards points


Thursday, September 20, 2012

"Carolina Calls" - 7-8 p.m. - Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista
Radio Affiliates
Listen online with All-Access (premium)



Saturday, September 22, 2012

#7/8 Football vs. Missouri - 3:30 p.m. - Tickets available
- First SEC home game
- SEC Game of the Week on CBS
- Gamecocks are 3-0 overall and 1-0 in SEC on a seven-game winning streak, tying for the second-longest in school history.
- The Gamecocks moved up to No. 7 in the AP poll and to No. 8 in the USA Today/Coaches poll following a convincing 49-6 win over UAB. It's Carolina's highest AP ranking since they checked in at No. 6 after defeating North Carolina in 2007 to improve to 6-1.
- Gamecock Walk will be at approximately 1:10 p.m.



Gamecocks on the road...  (all times Eastern)

Men's Soccer at Tulsa - Friday, 8 p.m.
Women's Soccer at Texas A&M - Friday, 8 p.m.
Women's Soccer at Arkansas - Sunday, 2 p.m.
Volleyball at Auburn - Friday, 8 p.m.
Volleyball at Tennessee - Sunday, 1 p.m.

Women's Tennis at Furman Fall Classic - Friday - Sunday

Gamecock Country: Where Every Day Is A Holiday

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Gamecock Country: Where Every Day Is A Holiday

Here in Gamecock Country we always have something to celebrate, whether it be our dedicated players, impressive facilities or diehard fans. This season, fans can now come out and enjoy the unique national and international holidays that coincide with our Gamecock athletic events.
 
Starting this fall, fans will have the chance to get in the spirit of holidays that are strange, fun and even delicious.
 
cream filled doughnuts.jpgWhat will you wear to the Men's Soccer game on September 17 a.k.a. National Wear Something Gaudy Day? Will you be one of the first 100 fans to win a complimentary doughnut on National Cream-Filled Donut Day? The Volleyball and Women's Soccer games will have them ready and waiting on September 14.
 
More details about each holiday event will be released before each game, giving fans plenty of time to tell your friends and gear up for the celebration. Stay tuned!


Holidays and Dates to get ready for:

International Literacy Day - Sep 8
National Grandparents Day - Sep 9
National Cream-Filled Donut Day - Sep 14
National Cheeseburger Day - Sep 18
International Fitness Day - Sep 30
World Smile Day - Oct 7
National Dessert Day - Oct 14
National Wear Something Gaudy Day - Oct 17

 

Winning Weekend in Gamecock Country

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The Gamecocks were very successful in their opening weekend with almost all sports in action at home here in Gamecock Country. All playing their home openers, women's soccer, men's soccer, and volleyball went undefeated this weekend - a rare feat!

Men's Soccer earned a 1-0 victory over College of Charleston Friday night on Stephen Anderson's first career goal.



 
Meanwhile over at the Volleyball Competition Facility, the Volleyball team hosted two matches on Friday and two matches on Saturday in the season-opening Gamecock Invitational, collecting victories in all four contests over Temple, Akron, Eastern Tennessee State, and UNC Asheville.

The match with ETSU was the only one to go beyond three sets, but the Gamecocks outlasted them for a five-set victory.



 
Freshmen provided the spark in the women's soccer team's 3-0 shutout victory on Sunday, accounting for all three goals. Coryn Bajema's two first-half goals gave her three total on the weekend (after the Gamecocks 2-0 victory over Mercer on Thursday) and Stevi Parker earned her first career goal. Fellow freshman Courtney Angotti-Smith registered two assists in the game, giving the Goose Creek native a total of three assists in her first two games in a Gamecock uniform.

 



There are more chances to check out all three teams at home this week, including the women's soccer team taking on Clemson on Saturday at 7 p.m. - the first Gamecock squad to face the Tigers this season. Check out all this week's home events here.


**Updated 8-24-12


THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Students moved in to campus this weekend and several Gamecock teams open their seasons this weekend at home as 2012-13 is officially underway. Volleyball will host the Gamecock Invitational presented by Courtyard Marriott. They'll play two matches each on Friday and Saturday in the tournament. Men's Soccer and Women's Soccer each host their home openers this weekend as well. Official team posters for all three squads will be available at all their home events for free.

Season tickets for volleyball, women's soccer, and men's soccer are just $25 each for adults and $10 each for youth 17 and under. Click here to purchase online.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

#24 Women's Soccer vs. Mercer - 7 p.m. 
UPDATE: GAMECOCKS WIN 2-0


-Home opener
*The Gamecocks had two road matches to open the season this weekend with both going to overtime. They ended in a draw with Milwaukee and a 2-1 loss to Minnesota. The home opener vs. Mercer is the first of six straight home games.

Carolina Calls - 7 p.m. - Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista


Friday, August 24, 2012

Men's Soccer vs. College of Charleston - 7 p.m.
-Season and home opener
*The Gamecocks earned victories in two exhibition games last week, 6-3 over Georgia State and 2-0 vs. Elon.
*Junior preseason All-Conference USA forward Bradlee Baladez scored both goals in the win over Elon.


Women's Volleyball vs. Temple - 12:30 p.m.
-Free pom poms!
-Home opener for the Gamecock Invitational presented by Courtyard Marriott

Women's Volleyball vs. Akron - 8 p.m.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Women's Volleyball vs. East Tennessee State - 3 p.m.

Women's Volleyball vs. UNC Asheville - 8 p.m.


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Women's Soccer vs. Jacksonville - 1 p.m.



This Week's Home Events: Men's Soccer Exhibitions

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THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Men's Soccer hosts two exhibition games this week as they get set to begin their 35th season of play at South Carolina. Coming off last year's Conference USA Championship, the Gamecocks have been picked as the preseason favorite to win the league again this season. Admission is free for both exhibition games and season tickets for the regular season will be on sale on site. Season tickets for soccer are $25 for adults and $10 for youth 17 & under. Fans may also purchase soccer season tickets online here.
While Gamecock Club and Alumni Association members enjoy the Fall Sports Preview party on Tuesday, incoming Carolina freshmen will get their first taste of student life at First Night Carolina on Saturday after moving into the dorms. The first Carolina Calls radio show of the season is Thursday at Wild Wing Cafe in Sandhill. Tune in or go attend live!


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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Alumni Association/Gamecock Club Fall Sports Preview - 6-8 p.m.
- Alumni Association and Gamecock Club members hear from fall sports coaches about the upcoming season.

Men's Soccer vs. Georgia State - 7 p.m. - Stone Stadium
-  Exhibition game, FREE admission
-  Official team posters and schedule cards
-  Season tickets available for sale on site


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Carolina Calls - 7-8 p.m. - Wild Wing Cafe at Sandhill
-  The first Carolina Calls call-in radio show of the season with Coach Spurrier! Tune in live on 107.5 The Game and our Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio affiliates. You can also listen live online with GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (premium).


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Men's Soccer vs. Elon - 7 p.m. - Stone Stadium
-  Exhibition game, FREE admission
-  Official team posters and schedule cards
-  Season tickets available for sale on site

First Night Carolina - 8:45 p.m. - Williams-Brice Stadium
-  Volleyball Head Coach Scott Swanson will be speaking to incoming freshmen



Gamecocks on the road...

*Season Openers:
Women's Soccer @ Milwaukee - Friday, 8 p.m. ET - Live Stats
Women's Soccer @ Minnesota - Sunday, 1 p.m. ET - Live Stats


Tyler Ruthven pro.jpgYesterday we had good news with Blake Brettschneider joining the New England Revolution, today we have more as former South Carolina defender Tyler Ruthven signed with the MLS New York Red Bulls earlier this week.

Ruthven was an All-Conference USA performer for Carolina his senior year in 2009 and played for the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL last season. 

Check out his Q&A with NewYorkRedBulls.com welcoming him to the team. 

 
Blake Brettschneider DC United.jpgFormer South Carolina Men's Soccer player Blake Brettschneider signed with the New England Revolution Tuesday.

Brettschneider made his Major League Soccer debut last summer after being selected by D.C. United in the MLS Supplemental Draft. Despite making 15 appearances (nine starts) as a rookie he was released by D.C. in February. Just days later Brettschneider was snatched up by New England who put him on trial and officially made him a part of the roster Tuesday.

Read more about Brettschneider's new gig in this feature by New England Soccer Today: http://nesoccertoday.com/?p=10041

We discussed Brettschneider's first year in professional soccer with him last fall, catch up on that post here.

Good luck, Blake!


 


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.
 

After a successful rookie season with Major League Soccer's D.C. United, Gamecock forward Blake Brettschneider made a quick trip back to Columbia on his week off to train and visit with his former teammates and coaches.

"I've been wanting to get back to Columbia for a while now," said Brettschneider. "I've got a lot of people to fit into a really short amount of time. This place is just really special to me, not having been back basically since I was drafted, I still have some very good friends here and the coaching staff means a lot to me too."

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Brettschneider celebrating a DC United goal - Ned Dishman/Getty Images North America


Brettschneider was selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft in January and just two short days later he was in D.C. to begin training with the United. After an impressive preseason, Brettschneider became one of few supplemental picks to not only make the team's roster, but actually have a significant impact on the team in his rookie season, playing in 15 games and making nine starts at forward.

"At the time I was happy just to be drafted and be given the opportunity. I think a lot of people would kill for that opportunity," said Brettschneider. "But I think it definitely adds a little motivation because you want to go out and prove everybody wrong, and I think I did a pretty good job of that... You don't want that tag associated with you all the time 'oh, he's a supplemental draft pick' I just wanted to be a contributing part of the team."

Brettschneider says the fast several months have flown by and he's enjoying the time off and chance to catch up with people he didn't get a chance to say goodbye to before he left. He misses Carolina and college soccer, but says playing professionally is an amazing experience.

"Just the chance to play soccer at the level I have and see the cities and stadiums and play against some of the players I grew up idolizing, just the whole experience," mused Brettschneider. "It's something that is really hard to put into words, but I wish I could because I think it would be a cool story. It's been a pretty wild first year, but hopefully it's just the first of many."


Timeline written by Assistant Media Relations Director Emily Feeney

Congratulations to Men's Soccer Head Coach Mark Berson on earning his 450th career win with Tuesday's 1-0 double overtime victory over No. 22 UCF!

Take a look back over Coach Berson's remarkable career and landmark wins below:






The Gamecocks take on Kentucky on Friday at 6:00 p.m. in their final regular season game with a chance to claim the regular season Conference USA title outright. Get their early for Senior Night festivities!

This Week's Home Events: Volleyball Opens Home SEC Play

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THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Several South Carolina teams are in action at home this week! In our only mid-week event, Men's Soccer will take on ACC foe Wake Forest Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Equestrian starts off the weekend with their first home competition on Friday at 2:00 p.m. vs. Fresno State. Volleyball returns home this weekend for their first home SEC matches on Friday and Sunday. Friday night's 7:00 match vs. Tennessee is Student Night, featuring free pizza for the first 100 students and double Student Rewards points. The Volleyball team will also be in attendance at Gamecock Village (free tailgate directly across from the stadium off Bluff Rd) before Saturday's football game vs. Vandy. Fans can then take their football ticket stub with them to Volleyball at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday to receive $1 admission to the match with Kentucky!

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Photo by Travis Bell


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Men's Soccer vs. Wake Forest - 7:00 p.m.
- Bojangles Gift Cards for the first 150 fans
-Rally Towel Giveaway
* Braeden Troyer and Mike Mangotic were selected to this weekend's All-Tournament team for the Gamecock Classic.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Equestrian vs. Fresno State - 2:00 p.m.
-First home competition of the season
-Hosted at One Wood Farm in Blythewood
-Team posters available

Volleyball vs. Tennessee - 7:00 p.m.
-SEC home opener
-Student Night: Free pizza for the first 100 students & double Student Rewards points
-Garnet, Black, & Green Night
-Parents Weekend
-Facebook Friday- Show the coupon from the Volleyball Facebook fan page for a prize
- The Gamecocks hold the nation's top average in digs, second in kills, and third in assists per set; ranked 17th in hitting percentage (as of 9/19 @ 9am)


Saturday, September 24, 2011

#10/12 Football vs. Vanderbilt - 7:00 p.m.
-Tickets available via Ticketmaster.com for $50 each
-Parents Weekend
-Gamecock Village: Volleyball autograph session


Sunday, September 25, 2011


Volleyball vs. Kentucky - 1:30 p.m.
-$1 admission with Sept. 24 Vanderbilt football ticket stub
-Public Service Appreciation Day
-Retirement & Grandparent Day
-Parents Weekend
-Post-match autographs
-Twitterific Sunday- Mention @GamecockVolley on Twitter on gameday for a prize


Inside a Road Trip: Men's Soccer Goes to Charleston

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The stage was set for big season opener. South Carolina Men's Soccer was set to head to Charleston last Friday to take on College of Charleston in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Game of the Week, televised nationally on FOX Soccer Channel. It would have been the second year in a row the Gamecocks opened up the season as the featured college soccer game in the nation. But, this year, Hurricane Irene had other plans.

The approaching storm bearing down on the east coast forced CofC to postpone of the game until Sunday, August 28th, and the television crew was no longer able to come.  The lure of taking on the Gamecocks still drew a record-high CofC crowd of 2,931 fans to the game, despite the rescheduled time. 

I joined up with the team to get an inside look at going on the road. Check out the full slideshow of the day below and also check out the story of the day told by social media.




We met at the Field House around 12:30 p.m. to load up the bus and hit the road. Many of the guys entertained themselves listening to music or watching TV, but the ride was fairly quiet as they focused on the task at hand. We stopped about halfway for a pre-game meal at Cracker Barrel in Orangeburg. The staff there was ready and waiting, with a meal for more than 40 players and staff hot and ready. Any time you take that large a group of Gamecocks into a public restaurant, you're going to attract attention. We could hear, "Go Gamecocks!" as we walked to our seats, while other fans asked where we were headed and offered their best wishes for the game or asked for a picture. Running a little ahead of schedule, the team took some downtime outside after eating before re-boarding the bus, including several intense games of checkers. Most elite-level college student-athletes are naturally competitive - and checkers is no exception.

We arrived at College of Charleston's athletics complex at Patriots Point around 4:00, which gave the team about an hour to get settled in, check out the field, get taped, and be dressed and ready for warm-ups. Assistant Media Relations Director Emily Feeney and I made our way to the CofC press box to get our computers set up for the game and talk to the CofC staff while the Gamecock Productions crew set up their video cameras. I fired up the laptop and caught up on all the Gamecocks conversation on Twitter and Facebook from the day so far.

After a brief talk from head coach Mark Berson the team emerged from the locker room to take the field for warm-ups as a group around 5:15. As game time drew closer, the CofC fans began to pack the stadium, displaying their "Beat USC" placards. They would eventually pack the house with a record-high crowd of 2,931 fans.

The game got off to a quick start with CofC scoring first. The Gamecocks and Cougars continued to battle back and forth (you can check out the full game recap here), but CofC eventually prevailed over Carolina, 3-2. It was the first outing of a much younger team than last season's conference championship team. Alex Long made his first career start at goalkeeper and true freshmen Snoopy Davidson and Braeden Troyer also made their first collegiate starts in the game (Troyer also scored one of the Gamecocks' two goals for his first career score as a Gamecock). Four more freshmen, Stephen Anderson, Niklas Kivinen, Asa Kryst, and Emmett Lunceford, also saw action in the game coming off the bench. Although disappointed in the final outcome, Coach Berson said he was very pleased with this young team's performance in their first game and he saw several positives about their play.

"First of all tonight I think we did a lot more things well than poorly," said Berson. "I'm really pleased with that. We battled back twice from being behind and for a young team with as many freshman as we have, we have a brand new goalkeeper, two new centerbacks and three new central midfielders and new guys up front so we knew that this would be an opportunity for us to put some things together, and I was very proud of the way we battled back twice. The goals we gave up were very soft, and uncharacteristic of our team. We are usually pretty tough in the back and I don't think we did a particularly good job, but on the flip side, we created so many scoring chances. That is really positive."

After the game and cooling down, the team made their way back towards the locker room to shower and change for the return trip home. Many were greeted by their families who made the trip to watch them play. While the team packed up, Feeney  finished writing the game recap and sending post-game commentary video from Coach Berson to a staff member back in Columbia to load on GamecocksOnline.com. We collected our gear and made the trek back to the bus to make the return trip home. Understandably following a loss, the bus ride home was fairly subdued and we arrived back at the Field House around 10:45 where the team would head back to their dorms and apartments to rest before class and practice Monday.

One of the biggest things about road trips is all the planning and logistics involved. The staff plans out an itinerary including travel schedules, what gear to bring and wear, meals and drinks for such a large group, etc. and just hopes that nothing unexpected comes along to disrupt the plans. Oh, you know, like a hurricane...


The team will hit the road again Friday for their next game at arch-rival Clemson at 7:15 p.m. The Gamecocks currently hold a four-game winning streak over the Tigers. For Carolina fans in the Upstate head on over to Riggs Field on Clemson's campus to cheer on your Gamecocks. The Gamecocks open up play at home on Tuesday, September 6th, vs. Charlotte at 7:00 p.m. Season tickets are available for $25 each for adults and $10 each for youth.
After a two-delay due to Hurricane Irene, the 2011 Men's Soccer season began in Columbia Sunday loading the bus to head to Charleston for the season opener against College of Charleston... check out the timeline below and the continuation of this post going "Inside a Road Trip" with more photos and tidbits from the day here.
 
 




Game action photos courtesy of Allen Sharpe for GamecocksOnline.com
Bradlee Baladez - NCAA 2010.jpgFollowing up last year's Conference USA championship (#5 on our Top 15 Moments of 2010-11 Countdown!), South Carolina Men's Soccer will enter the 2011 season ranked among the best in the country. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released their pre-season rankings Tuesday with the Gamecocks at #15.

South Carolina faces a tough schedule, with four games this season against opponents also ranked in the pre-season Top 25: SMU, Brown, Dartmouth, and North Carolina. The Gamecocks are also taking on four more teams just outside the rankings but currently receiving votes: Charlotte, Wake Forest, Tulsa, and UCF. Fortunately, six of those eight matches are at home in Stone Stadium, so the Gamecocks will have their great home crowd support when taking on other top teams.

Pre-season practice kicks off Wednesday for the Gamecocks! Stay tuned for more on the team from GamecocksOnline.com.


Season tickets for every Men's Soccer home game are just $25 for adults and $10 for youth. Click here for info.


NSCAA National Rankings

NCAA Rankings  National  Men
Division I  Pre-Season Poll  - August 09, 2011 


  Rank  

School

  Prev.  

  W-L-T  

1

Louisville 

 2 

   20 -  1 -  3  

2

Akron 

 1 

   22 -  1 -  2  

3

North Carolina 

 3 

   16 -  4 -  4  

4

Maryland 

 6 

   19 -  3 -  1  

5

SMU 

 8 

   16 -  2 -  2  

6

UCLA 

 7 

   16 -  5 -  1  

7

California 

 5 

   14 -  2 -  4  

8

Connecticut 

 13 

   12 -  2 -  6  

9

Michigan 

 4 

   17 -  5 -  3  

10

Creighton 

 14 

   13 -  5 -  2  

11

Brown 

 10 

   12 -  4 -  4  

12

Notre Dame 

 21 

   10 -  6 -  4  

13

William & Mary 

 9 

   15 -  4 -  3  

14

UC Santa Barbara 

 19 

   14 -  5 -  3  

15

Ohio State 

 17 

   11 -  6 -  3  

15

South Carolina 

 12 

   13 -  7 -  2  

17

Indiana 

 20 

   10 -  8 -  2  

18

Penn State 

 18 

   14 -  8 -  1  

19

Michigan State 

 15 

   13 -  7 -  2  

20

Dartmouth 

 16 

   12 -  7 -  1  

21

Butler 

 11 

   16 -  1 -  3  

22

Virginia 

 RV 

   11 -  6 -  3  

23

Duke 

 RV 

   10 -  6 -  4  

24

UC Irvine 

 22 

   14 -  3 -  3  

25

Boston College 

 RV 

   10 -  5 -  5  

 

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Also receiving votes: Central Florida, Princeton, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Charlotte, San Diego, Monmouth, Loyola Marymount, Providence, Florida Gulf Coast, Old Dominion, UMBC, Tulsa, Georgetown

With the 2011-12 season right around the corner, we wanted to take a look back at the past year. We're down to the last few moments in our countdown of the Top 15 Gamecock moments from 2010-11 across several sports from the Spurs Up perspective. It was a good year for the Gamecocks, so I hope you enjoy reminiscing with me!

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#5: Men's Soccer Wins C-USA Tournament Championship in OT

After two halves of regulation time and one overtime period, the Gamecocks found themselves in a 0-0 deadlock with Tulsa in the Conference USA Tournament Championship game. With just over three minutes remaining in the second overtime period, a Tulsa hand ball would give the Gamecocks a penalty kick and the chance to win the game. Midfielder Stephen Morrissey knocked home the PK to incite a celebration on the field as South Carolina captured the 2010 Conference USA Championship and the #5 Top Moment on our countdown.

"It's incredible," Morrissey said after the game. "We've been dreaming about this since the start of the season. The first goal was to win the conference championship, and the second was to get to the NCAA tournament. Today, both just happened."




The championship was the second in just two days for South Carolina. This #5 Top Moment was November 14th, 2010, just one day after the #6 Top Moment, Marcus Lattimore's phenomenal play in the football game at Florida that brought home Gamecock Football's first-ever SEC Eastern Division Championship.

The Gamecocks earned C-USA's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, a #7-seed and a first round bye. They would go on to beat Duke (with an OT golden goal from Bradlee Baladez which rivaled for inclusion in our Top Moments!) to advance to the Round of 16 for the first time since 1998.


Season tickets for 2011 Men's Soccer are available for just $25 each for adults and $10 each for youth. Click here.



Stay caught up on the Top Moments countdown. I'll post the next moment every weekday and Saturday until we get to #1!

#6: Marcus Lattimore's Record-Breaking Game vs. Florida

#7: Sam Muldrow Sets Career Blocks Record

#8: Johnna Letchworth Named All-American with Nation-Leading Record

#9: Fans Welcome Home the SEC Eastern Division Champions

#10: Women's Golf Advances to NCAA Championship

#11: Women's Soccer Advances on PK's to SEC Tournament Championship

#12: Freshman Julie Sarratt Throws No-Hitter in Debut

#13: Cocky's 30th Birthday Party

#14: Women's Basketball Upsets LSU, 63-61, at Colonial Life Arena

#15: Alshon Jeffery's season-long 70-yard touchdown vs. Tennessee



Gamecock Men's Soccer veterans Blake Brettschneider and Josh Wolff, both prolific goal-scorers during their playing careers at South Carolina, will start tonight for DC United as they take on the LA Galaxy in MLS action, airing at 11:00 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel.

The veteran Wolff is in his 13th MLS season and was signed by DC United in December 2010. He played for the Gamecocks for three seasons before departing after his junior year to play MLS in 1998. Wolff has also been a member of the U.S. National Team several times, appearing in both the World Cup and the Olympics.

The Washington Post ran a great feature article on Brettschneider yesterday (check out the excerpt below and click here for full article) detailing his quick rise from being a late pick in the supplemental draft to now being they key to several wins and a starter just a few months later.

Combining size (6 feet), strength and attacking instincts, he has shown promise to become a reliable target forward -- someone who can maintain possession, hold off defenders and pressure the opposing back line. United was aware of Brettschneider at South Carolina but didn't appreciate his potential until the MLS scouting combine a few days before the draft.

Of all the coaches, Pat Onstad, who oversees the goalkeepers, was most impressed.

"Pat really liked him," Olsen said, "and he wouldn't let it go."

United risked missing the chance to acquire him by waiting until the supplemental draft; the team's only pick came in the second round of that three-round phase.

Brettschneider was a pleasant surprise in preseason, scoring four goals and displaying a relentless work rate. Once the season began, Olsen emphasized ball control. "He is always telling me, 'The ball is precious, it's yours, don't lose it,' " Brettschneider said.

Said Olsen: "He played in the moment and made things happen. He completely played his way onto this team. And now we're seeing what he can do."




Good luck to Josh and Blake tonight and throughout the season! It's always great to see Gamecocks continue to be successful after they move on from South Carolina. Go Gamecocks!

-Brittany

After a great season for South Carolina Men's Soccer, including winning the Conference USA Championship and earning a No. 7 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Gamecocks fell  3-1 to No. 10 seed Michigan in the third round of the NCAA Tournament to finish the season with a 13-7-2 record. After a scoreless first half, Michigan went up 1-0 with 26 minutes to play, followed soon after by a red card issued to senior Will Traynor, who would have to leave the game. The Gamecocks played a man down for the remainder of the game which opened up more opportunities for Michigan. Full recap to come on GamecocksOnline.com.

Congratulations to the team on their fantastic season, a conference championship, and a tough, hard fought battle at the end. The team and staff worked incredibly hard all season, including practicing and training through the Thanksgiving holiday this week to prepare for today's game. The team spent the holiday together and had a Thanksgiving meal together at a local hotel after practice.

The senior class in particular deserves special recognition for reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time during their time at Carolina and for shutting out Clemson all four years.

Congratulations again to the team and Coach Mark Berson and we'll see ya next year!

Go Gamecocks!

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog
South Carolina Men's Soccer closed out their home regular season with a bang, a 3-0 win over Memphis on Senior Day.  The team will play their final regular season game away at Kentucky on November 7th before moving on to the Conference USA Tournament.

Going into Senior Day I asked each of the seniors about some of their favorite memories and moments as student-athletes at South Carolina and what they will miss the most when they graduate:

Evan O'Dell,  Defense, Duluth, GA

"Beating Clemson all four years and hopefully making the NCAA Tournament this year...hanging out with my friends, being on campus, going on trips and just experiencing college... I'll miss being around these guys, the team, we always had a good time on our trips and it's going to be hard not being around these guys."

Sam Arthur, Forward, Roswell, GA

"My favorite memories are all the trips we went on together, hanging out with the guys, experiencing new places. Last year when we went to Northwestern was the first time I'd ever been to Chicago. We got to tour the city and I really liked seeing a different city and lifestyle. ... University of South Carolina has a lot of great things to offer. Going to football, basketball games, watching us beat Kentucky and Alabama, those have been two special things. I'll miss being with my friends and teammates mostly. I'm around these guys every day of my life. It's going to be weird not being with them all the time, hanging out with them doing the simple things."

Mark Wiltse, Defense/Midfield, Belle Meade, NJ

"As a student-athlete some of my favorite moments have been big highs on big wins here over the past four years, coming back to the locker room and celebrating with the guys is a great feeling. I'm probably going to miss the team the most, the guys in and out of the locker room...bumping the music in the locker room after a big win, those moments are cherished and they're going to be missed."

Will Traynor, Defense, St. Charles, MO

"Being a part of Gamecock Nation, being a part of the atmosphere and the feel you get on campus and being a part of a great athletic department ... I'll miss stepping out on the field under the lights. It's a feeling you only get a few times in your life and it will be missed. "

Blake Brettschneider, Forward/Midfield, Lilburn, GA

"Probably starting our collegiate career off with a huge double OT win over Clemson, just getting to know the guys, probably too many memories to even count, just having friends for life. I'll definitely miss the team, the camaraderie...and the South Carolina fall weather."

Michael Lindsay, Forward, Starkville, MS

"My favorite memory is beating Clemson in double overtime our freshman year, then beating Clemson four years in a row. I'll definitely miss the team, living with the guys, being around them all the time. I'll also miss the road trips and going to different sporting events watching our other friends and student-athletes play."

Jimmy Maurer, Goalkeeper, Lawrenceville, GA

"My favorite memory is shutting out Clemson four years in a row, four big wins to start off our seasons. I'm definitely going to miss all the guys on the team, especially the senior class in general. Four of us came in all from Atlanta and playing on the same club team for years so this is the last year we get to play together so that will be a big thing I miss."

Love that they all treasure beating Clemson as much as I do. Congratulations to these Gamecock seniors and best wishes for the future! 

- Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog


We caught up with freshman soccer player Bradlee Baladez after practice yesterday for a quick Q&A. Bradlee was named the College Soccer News National Player of the Week and the C-USA Co-Offensive Player of the Week after game-winning goals vs. both Wake Forest and UAB last week. This Wednesday, the 20th-ranked men's soccer team hits the road to play No. 8 SMU, giving Bradlee, a native of Mesquite, Texas, a chance to play in front of family and friends.

Spurs Up Blog: Tell us about what brought you to South Carolina and what made you come all the way here from Texas?
Bradlee Baladez: The history of South Carolina brought me here. Coach Berson has been here a long time...the support he gets from the fans and the school, it seemed like a program that I fit real well in.

This has been a great week for you, tell us what it means to you to get some of these awards, this national recognition?
It means a lot. I wouldn't have received the awards without the support and hard work of my teammates.  We put hard work in and we're getting results.

You have a return trip to your home state of Texas this week, do you have a lot of friends and family excited about watching you play?
Yes, I have a lot of friends and family coming, really excited to see all of them back at home. It's going to be an exciting moment for me!


Thanks for talking with us, Bradlee! Go Gamecocks!

Gamecock Soccer This Weekend!

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Carolina Clemson.jpgHey Gamecock fans we have an exciting jam packed soccer weekend for you! Don't miss out on the chance to watch your nationally ranked South Carolina Women's Soccer Team face SEC opponents Ole Miss on Friday Oct. 1st and Miss St. on Sunday Oct. 3rd! Also, don't forget to catch the South Carolina Men's Soccer Team on Saturday Oct. 2nd as they face C-USA opponent UAB!

Friday October 1st 
South Carolina Women's Soccer vs. Ole Miss @ 7:00 P.M. live on FSC
• All Tickets are only $1!
• Fan scrolls for the first 250 fans
• Post-Game Autograph Session
• Kid's Inflatable Bounce House
• Firehouse Trivia Question
• Cocky
• Goal and Corner Kick T-shirts
• Fan Reaction Song of the Game

Saturday October 2nd
South Carolina Men's Soccer vs. UAB @ 7:00 P.M.
• Dollar Hot Dog Day!
• Kid's Inflatable Bounce House
• Firehouse Trivia Question
• Cocky
• Goal and Corner Kick T-shirts
• Fan Reaction Song of the Game

Sunday October 3rd  
South Carolina Women's Soccer vs. Mississippi St. @ 2:00 P.M.
• Dollar Hot Dog Day!
• Fan scrolls for the first 250 fans
• Post-Game Autograph Session
• Kid's Inflatable Bounce House
• Firehouse Trivia Question
• Cocky
• Goal and Corner Kick T-shirts
• Fan Reaction Song of the Game

Don't Forget:

Group Tickets are only $1 with a group of 15 or more! **
*To order group tickets please call 800.4SC.FANS or 803-576-9189

Thank you all so much for your time and support of Gamecock Soccer and we hope to see you out at Stone Stadium this weekend!

It's Passion. It's Pride. It's Loyalty. It's The Garnet Way.

Men's Soccer Hosts Gamecock Classic This Weekend

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Carolina Clemson.jpgYour South Carolina Men's Soccer team returns to action at Stone Stadium this weekend when they host the Gamecock Classic. It all begins on Friday night at 5 P.M. as #8 UConn faces off against Kentucky followed by your South Carolina Gamecocks taking on Iona at 7:30 P.M.


The Gamecock Classic continues on Sunday as Iona takes on Kentucky at 11 A.M followed by your South Carolina Gamecocks facing off against #8 UConn at 1 P.M. Remember, it's Parents Weekend so all Gamecock parents bring your Parents Weekend badge and receive $1 admission! Hope to see you all there! Go Gamecocks!

Gamecock Soccer This Weekend!

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South Carolina soccer fans don't miss your chance to see both the Men's and Women's teams in action this weekend at Stone Stadium!

The Men's team will play host to an exhibition game vs. College of Charleston @ 7:00 PM on Saturday August 28th.

The # 13 ranked Women's team will play host to the Gamecock Courtyard Cup which features matchups of:

Bucknell vs. Ohio @ 5 PM on Friday August 27th
#13 South Carolina vs. Louisville @ 7:30 PM on Friday August 27th
Louisville vs. Bucknell @ 12 PM on Sunday August 29th
#13 South Carolina vs. Ohio @ 2:30 PM on Sunday August 29th

09Soc_WCarolina115.jpgMollie Patton Countdown to 33 Watch:
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Mollie Patton currently has 24 career shutouts and needs 9 to tie the SEC all-time record of 33 and 10 to break the record!

South Carolina soccer fans don't forget to purchase your season tickets NOW, only $25 for adults and $10 for youth 17 and under, that's less than $2 per game! 

Don't miss your chance to be a part of South Carolina Soccer.  For more information, call the ticket office at 800-4SC-FANS or visit http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/tickets/ticket-office.html

Home Matches Televised for Free

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New for the 2010 season, home contests for both South Carolina men's and women's soccer, as well as Gamecock volleyball, will be available for FREE via GamecocksOnline.com.  Fans can simply click on the video camera icon on the schedule page for these sports for the live video of the event.

The Gamecock women's soccer team kicks off its home season on Friday, August 27, at Stone Stadium, hosting the Courtyard College Cup.  South Carolina opens tournament action against Louisville at 7:30 p.m.

The South Carolina men's soccer team opens its season against archrival Clemson on Friday, September 3, at Stone Stadium.  The Clemson contest will not be available for live video via GamecocksOnline.com due to the match being broadcast nationally on FOX Soccer Channel.  Free video on GamecocksOnline.com for men's soccer will begin with the Sept. 17 home contest vs. Iona.

South Carolina volleyball begins its home season on September 10 vs. SC State at 10 a.m., competing in the Gamecock Invitational at the Volleyball Competition Facility. 

Lewis Hired at Newberry

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Congratulations to former South Carolina men's soccer player Spencer Lewis, who was recently named an assistant men's soccer coach at Newberry College.  Lewis, a four-year letterwinner (2005-08) at South Carolina, joins a long list of former players and staff members that make up the "Mark Berson Coaching Tree."  Berson, who enters his 33rd season at the helm of the Gamecock men's soccer program this fall, has 10 former players and staff members that are currently college coaches.  Below is a breakdown of those coaches who have either played for, or coached alongside Berson.

Doug Allison: Former player (1984-87) and assistant coach - Head Coach, Furman University (men's soccer)
Trevor Adair: Former assistant coach - Assistant Coach, Old Dominion University (men's soccer)
Charlie Arndt: Former player (1985-88) - Assistant Coach, Furman University (men's soccer)
Bryan Cunningham: Former assistant coach - Head Coach, Central Florida (men's soccer)
Geoff del Forn: Former player (2005-07) - Assistant Coach, USC Upstate (men's soccer)
Spencer Lewis: Former player (2005-08) - Assistant Coach, Newberry College (men's soccer)
Warren Lipka: Former player (1982-85) - Head Coach, Morehead State University (women's soccer)
Dr. Davis Masur: Former player (1980) - Head Coach, St. John's University (men's soccer)
Tony McCall: Former player (1983) - Head Coach, Regis University (men's soccer)
George Purgavie: Former assistant coach - Head Coach, Bates College (men's soccer)


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Men's Soccer Season Tickets On Sale Now

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CAR-CU MSOC 8.29.08  411.JPGIt's time to get excited for a new season of South Carolina Men's Soccer!  The Gamecocks will kick off their home season with a nationally televised match Friday, September 3rd when they take on in-state rival Clemson at 8 P.M. on Fox Soccer Channel.

Be a part of the action this season as your South Carolina Gamecocks match up against Clemson, ACC contender N.C. State, Top 25 ranked Connecticut, and have key conference match-ups against UAB, UCF, FIU and Memphis. The exciting home schedule is something that you don't want to miss, purchase your season tickets NOW, only $25 for adults and $10 for youth 17 and under, that's less than $2 per game!  

Don't miss your chance to be a part of South Carolina Men's Soccer.  For more information, call the ticket office at 800-4SC-FANS or visit http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/tickets/ticket-office.html

Berson Remembers Mathis

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Former Gamecock men's soccer standout and 11-year MLS veteran Clint Mathis announced his retirement from the sport of soccer on Tuesday.  He will join his LA Galaxy teammates for a final contest on Saturday in a friendly against Real Madrid at the Rose Bowl.  Mathis enjoyed a celebrated career that spanned five MLS teams, several years with the U.S. Men's National Team, including an appearance in the 2002 World Cup and a brief international appearance in Germany.  He concludes his MLS career with 61 goals and 52 assists.  

Mathis still ranks among South Carolina's greats several years after the conclusion of his college career. He ranks third all-time in total points (121), third in career coals (53) and is the single-season leader in points (53) and goals (25). Mathis, a 2007 inductee into the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame, was a consensus first-team All-American in 1995 and a third-team selection in 1997, while he was a three-time finalist for the prestigious Hermann Trophy. Mathis helped lead the Gamecocks to the NCAA Tournament in 1994, 1995 and 1997.

South Carolina head men's soccer coach Mark Berson spoke with Spurs Up blog editor on Tuesday evening following the announcement of Mathis' retirement.  Below are Berson's thoughts on Mathis and his legacy.


Do you remember the first time that you saw Clint play during the recruiting process?  Was he that same type of player then?  - Exciting, dynamic, great playmaker?
The first time I saw Clint Mathis play was at the Rockdale County Soccer Complex in Conyers, Ga., as a youth player.  He was a skinny little kid at the time, but he was completely engrossed in the game.   Anytime there was an opportunity to play, Clint would be there.  His mom, Pat, was a real saint.  She carried him around to every opportunity to watch or play the game.  By the way, when Clint came to South Carolina he was still a skinny kid - and Pat didn't miss too many games here either!  He was always a player who wasn't afraid to hold the ball, dribble by people, take chances in the attack, and, of course, shoot.

What is your favorite memory of Clint Mathis during his time at South Carolina?
Many memories. ... Clint Mathis has been known to have a bit of a temper on the field.   One great memory was in preseason his freshman year when he rocketed a shot over the fence at the Stone Stadium.  The upperclassmen were immediately on him to go out of the field and fetch the ball.  Clint was resisting.   When reminded by the coaching staff that he did need to get on his horse and go get the ball, he muttered something like " I didn't come to South Carolina to shag balls," to which the upperclassmen responded, "Then don't hit them over!"
 
As a player he brought so many great moments to our fans here at South Carolina. One of the best was when we played Furman in the match that dedicated their new stadium in Greenville.  Pele was in the stands and the entire state was electric about the game.  Our team met Pele at our pre-game meal and it was truly a great moment.  Clint Mathis and Josh Wolff, however, provided the best moment of the day with only seconds remaining in the match. The game was tied with about fifteen seconds left on the clock and Furman had a corner kick.  The ball was served in and disappeared down around everyone's knees.  Then, Josh Wolff breaks out of the crowd and streaks up the field over a hundred yards to the Furman defensive box with two seconds remaining and is brought down in the box.  The referee should have given a penalty, but didn't.  Instead, he spots the ball for a free kick right on the edge of the 18-yard box.  Now there is only time for one kick (if the referee didn't call a penalty the clock should have run out).  Furman pulled everyone back into its defensive line and set up a huge wall. Clint Mathis stepped up with little to no time on the clock and bent a ball over the wall and dipped it under the bar for the winning goal.  It is still one of the best free kicks I have ever seen.  Gamecocks win, and the Clint Mathis legend adds another page to it.  Clint is a member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, and is one of only two Gamecock players to make the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Clint had a very successful run professionally, what do you think he brought to the game of soccer in the United States?

I think Clint came on the scene and showed everyone that it is okay to dare to be different.  Clint's brash style and the ability to back up his swagger with great goals is something that he brought to the game at a critical time in our (the United States' pro league (MLS) development and the U.S. National Team's development.  In a way, Clint embodied the American spirit.  He was bold and brash and he made things difficult for himself sometimes with coaches, referees and probably some teammates.   But he always had a way of pulling out some great goals that no one else in his time was able to pull off.  His goal in the 2002 World Cup was taken in stride with two successive touches on the biggest stage in the world.  It was a great goal and an important one for our country at the time.   He also probably has the record for most dialogue with officials in the MLS.   It is a record that might not be broken.  
 
Now that he has retired, we can only hope that some more young personality players are coming up through the ranks.
 




Berson on WLTX Tonight Talking World Cup

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South Carolina men's soccer coach Mark Berson will be on WLTX in Columbia tonight during the 7 p.m. hour to talk about the World Cup. Tune in to hear his thoughts on the month-long tournament in South Africa.

World Cup Thoughts from Gamecock Soccer Staff

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Spurs Up Blog collected some pre-World Cup thoughts from the Gamecock soccer coaching staff this week.

 

How do you think the US team will do?

Men's Head Coach Mark Berson - I think the US team will do well. The huge drama in this first game against England is really compelling. It would be like Spain having a football team of their own and coming to play our NFL guys. We invented football and it's a huge game in our country. That's the way soccer is to the English. Another thing that makes it more interesting is the result in 1950 when we beat them in the World Cup. We don't have the star power that they do, but anything can happen in this game and I think we're going to be right there. A win against England would not surprise me.

I think we can reach the semifinals. I'm a little optimistic. I see us coming out behind England in our group and we would likely draw Germany next. That's a massive game and I think if we can win that game, it would mean a successful World Cup for the United States. I think we'll be facing the winner of Argentina vs. France after that game.

Of course, anybody's pick is anybody's pick. Anything can happen and the odds of this all happening are slim. But I do think the US is genuinely expected to get out of our group. If we can come out as the No. 1 team, then we'll likely play Serbia. That half of the bracket is much easier. If we're the No. 2 from our group, then we'll probably go against Germany and I think that will define the whole deal. If we can get through that, then who knows what can happen for us.

Women's Head Coach Shelley Smith - I think the US can place in the top two in their group and move on. The next group they would face are all beatable as well, so they could make a good run. I just don't see them getting past some of the more powerful soccer countries to get to a final. England will be a tough test for them to start.

Men's Assistant Bert Molinary - I think US make it out of their group, but loses in the 2nd round to Serbia.

Men's Assistant Mike Babst - I want to say the US will make it to the quarterfinals, but I don't think they'll get out of their group.   

Who do you have in the quarterfinals?

Berson - In the final eight, I've got England vs. Mexico, Brazil vs. Holland, France vs. US, and Spain vs. Italy.

Who are your final four teams and your winner?

Berson - For the semifinals, I think it will be England vs. Brazil and the United States vs. Spain. I think Brazil will beat England and I think Spain will beat the US. I have Spain winning the whole thing.

Smith - It's difficult to make a prediction with all of the injuries to some key players who should have been playing in the World Cup. I think Brazil and Spain are in the final. I would pick Brazil to win.

Molinary - My semi-finalists are Spain, Brazil, Serbia and England, Spain and Brazil meet in the final with Spain winning the World Cup.

Babst - I have Spain beating the Netherlands in the final with Serbia finishing in 3rd place and England in 4th. 

Berson Talking World Cup on 107.5 FM

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South Carolina head men's soccer coach Mark Berson will be live in the 107.5 The Game studios at 2 PM ET discussing the upcoming World Cup. You can also listen online at 1075thegame.com.
Brad_Guzan_624838.jpgFormer Gamecock Brad Guzan is training with the U.S. World Cup team as one of the backup goalkeepers. The U.S. team has the first of its "Send-Off Series" matches this evening vs. the Czech Republic.

Click here for a preview of the US match vs. Czech Republic.

Click here for a Guzan article on Yanks-Abroad.com

Go to the home of US Soccer and number one source for 2010 FIFA World Cup news at http://www.ussoccer.com/


Men's Soccer Hosts Free Clinic Tonight

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The South Carolina men's soccer team will host a free clinic for boys and girls ages 5-15 on Wednesday, March 24, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Stone Stadium on the Columbia campus.


The clinic will cover all aspects of soccer with instruction on basic skills. Campers are encouraged to come dressed to play soccer with a soccer ball and a pen or Sharpie for an autograph session with the Gamecock players after the hour-long event.

Registration will run from 5:15-5:30 p.m. at Stone Stadium.

Follow the Gamecocks on Signing Day

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It's February 3rd and it's National Signing Day around the country. We've got you covered on GamecocksOnline with coverage of all new Gamecocks.

Football Men's and Women's Soccer
  • Visit Signing Day Central for Men's Soccer and Women's Soccer for bios of signees and video from Coach Mark Berson and Coach Shelley Smith