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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.

 




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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



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Volleyball and Women's Soccer both open up conference play this weekend with two big matches each for both teams. Celebrate National Cream-Filled Donut Day with us during Friday's matches for both teams and check out the info below to see when you can participate in the Dorm Swarm Challenge, go on a QR Code scavenger hunt, and help show a great soccer atmosphere for national TV.


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Carolina Calls" - Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista - 7-8 p.m.
Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio affiliates


Friday, September 14, 2012

Volleyball vs. Georgia - 7 p.m.
*SEC season opener. Gamecocks are 11-0 in nonconference play to start the season including a big win over Clemson last Friday.

- $1 Admission
- National Cream-filled Donut Day
- First 100 fans will receive a cream filled donut
-Show us a tweet or post about hanging out with the Gamecocks on National Cream-Filled Donut Day and receive a free t-shirt (limit one per person).
- "Dorm Swarm Challenge" - Dorm with the largest percentage of attendees will receive a pizza party with the volleyball team! Be sure to check in at the marketing table.


Women's Soccer vs. Mississippi State - 7 p.m.
*SEC season opener; Freshman Courtney Angotti-Smith earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors for scoring two of the Gamecocks' three goals in a shutout victory over ECU on Sunday (highlights below!)


- National Cream-Filled Donut Day
- First 100 fans will receive a cream-filled donut
- QR Code Scavenger Hunt
- Students who complete our QR Code scavenger hunt will receive a prize! Get started at the marketing table! Get a jump on the game and make sure you have a QR Code scanner app on your smartphone!
- Drawstring bag giveaway to the first 50 students





Saturday, September 15, 2012

Football vs. UAB - 7 p.m.  Tickets Available, $35 each
 

- Gamecock Walk in the former Farmer's Market area at approximately 4:40 p.m.  Check out video of the first Gamecock Walk of the season here.
- Visit Lexington Medical Center Gamecock Village pre-game to catch up on other games in the viewing tent, play games, get your photo with Cocky and more!
- First night time home game of 2012 and first chance to see the "Beast Board" video board under the lights!
- GAMEDAY TIMELINE


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Volleyball vs. LSU - 1:30 p.m.

- $1 Football Ticket Admission
- Bring your UAB game football ticket to Volleyball and receive $1 admission!

Women's Soccer vs. Missouri - 2:00 p.m.
- Rally Towel Giveaway
- Camper Appreciation Day
- National TV game airing on ESPNU - fill Stone Stadium and help show a great TV atmosphere!


Gamecocks on the road...
Women's Golf at Cougar Classic - Monday-Tuesday
Men's Soccer at Charlotte - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Men's Tennis at Duke Fab Four Invitational - Friday-Sunday
Women's Tennis at UVa Fall Invitational - Friday-Sunday



****Look ahead to next week and circle your calendars!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Men's Soccer vs. Clemson - 7 p.m.
- "Beat Clemson" Shirts to the first 200 fans
-  Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with $1 cheeseburgers to the first 100 fans wearing either Garnet or a Beat Clemson t-shirt!


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

 

THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Another match-up with Clemson highlights this week's home schedule as the Gamecocks take on the Tigers in Volleyball. Carolina is 8-0 to start the season heading into their rival match-up on Friday at 7 p.m. The first 200 fans will receive "Beat Clemson" t-shirts. Get there early as t-shirts were gone in a matter of minutes for the women's soccer game last weekend! UofSC students will also be able to earn double Student Rewards points and free Little Caesar's pizza (while supplies last). Volleyball will host two matches on Saturday while football has their home opener vs. ECU the same day. Sunday marks our National Grandparents Day celebration at women's soccer vs. ECU with fans having the opportunity to submit their photos to be shown on the video board.


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Thursday, September 6, 2012

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


Friday, September 7, 2012

Volleyball vs. Clemson - 7 p.m.
-    Free "Beat Clemson" T-shirts to first 200 fans
-    Free Little Caesar's pizza to students
-    Double Student Rewards points
-    Rally Towel giveaway
-    Start of Carolina Clash tournament


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Volleyball vs. UAB - 11 a.m.
-    Rally Towel Giveaway

Volleyball vs. Winthrop - 7:30 p.m.
-    International Literacy Day
-    Read with Cocky at Halftime raffle - Young fans can enter for the chance to read a book with Cocky during the halftime break!
-    Rally Towel Giveaway

Football vs. East Carolina University - 12:21 p.m.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Women's Soccer vs. East Carolina University - 1 p.m.
-    Grandparents Day - We're celebrating National Grandparents Day by displaying photos of grandparents and grandchildren on the video board. Submit your photo via email to gamecockathletics@gmail.com. We will post the best ones on Facebook for everybody to share in the day!
-    Double Student Reward points



Gamecocks on the road...

Men's Soccer at USF Tournament
vs. USF - Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
vs. Florida Gulf Coast - Saturday, 5 p.m.
Men's Golf at Carpet Capital Collegiate, Dalton, GA - Friday - Sunday
Women's Golf at Cougar Classic, Hanahan, SC - Sunday - Tuesday

First Opportunity To #BeatClemson

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With the start of 2012-13 and the month of September South Carolina will have three chances to Beat Clemson (for you Twitter-inclined folks, keep tweeting with #BeatClemson for each event!)

First up to take on the Tigers this year is Women's Soccer as they host Clemson this Saturday, September 1, at 7 p.m. at Stone Stadium. The Gamecocks hope their new freshmen faces can help extend their winning streak over Clemson, currently at a record four straight victories. We'll also have free Little Caesar's pizza on hand for students while supplies last.

Next week, Volleyball will host Clemson here at home in the Volleyball Competition Facility at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 7. It's the night before the football home opener vs. ECU so what better opportunity to warm up your screaming and cheering than against our upstate rival?

Men's Soccer will round out the month hosting Clemson on Tuesday, September 18, at 7 p.m. at Stone Stadium.

In line with the #BeatClemson theme, the first 200 fans at each event will receive a free "Beat Clemson" t-shirt. Check out a sneak peek!

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It's Great To Be A Gamecock!! Be sure to circle your calendars, gather some friends, come and cheer loud for all three teams to BEAT CLEMSON!!!



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.




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Can you believe the 2012-13 season is already here? Women's Soccer will lead the way this year with an exhibition game this Thursday, August 9, vs. Duke at 7 p.m. Admission is free for the exhibition game and the Ticket Office staff will be on hand for fans to purchase season tickets (home schedule includes lots of great SEC opponents, check it out here.) Adult season tickets are just $25 each and youth 17 and under are $10 each. You can also purchase season tickets online.

The preseason fun continues on Sunday with our annual Fan Appreciation Day. Fans can hang out with Cocky, the cheerleaders, and our fall sport student-athletes and get autographs.
Please note, due to our commitment to NCAA compliance, student-athletes will only sign our official South Carolina Athletics team posters that are provided for free at the event. Please do not bring or ask student-athletes to sign other items. Your cooperation and support for the athletics department in complying with NCAA regulations is greatly appreciated.

Football preseason practice continues this week and is still currently open to the public. Click here to see the schedule (subject to change). Players are not available for autographs and cameras (still and video) are allowed for the first 15 minutes of practice only.

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Thursday, August 9

Women's Soccer vs. Duke - 7 p.m. - Stone Stadium
-Exhibition game, free admission
-Season tickets available on-site
-Duke is the national runner-up in from last year's NCAA Tournament

*The women's soccer team is coming off their SEC Championship season in 2011 with 16 returning letterwinners. The squad returns six starters including Sabrina D'Angelo at goalkeeper, who was named first-team All-SEC, SEC
Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and SEC Freshman of the Year after her debut in 2011.



Sunday, August 12

Fan Appreciation Day - 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Colonial Life Arena
Cocky, the cheerleaders, and the fall sports student-athletes from football, women's soccer, men's soccer, volleyball, and cross country highlight the annual Colonial Life Fan Appreciation Day. More info
Free parking is available in the Colonial Life Arena parking lots.



Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12

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So far in the 2011-12 school year, South Carolina holds a 9-3 record vs. Clemson, including taking wins in each of the most visible sports: Football, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball and Baseball.

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Senior right fielder and series MVP Adam Matthews .417 (5-for-12) in the three games including a three-run homer in Saturday's victory.


The most recent wins against our rival came this weekend as the back-to-back National Champion baseball team won the first two games out of three to win the series vs. Clemson. The Gamecocks have now beaten Clemson in 16 of the last 23 baseball contests between the two schools dating back to the 2007 season.

Football has also strung together an impressive streak with three consecutive years of dominating wins over the Tigers. This year's 34-13 victory in Columbia, the 10th of the season for Carolina, is still fresh in every Gamecock's mind:




Men's Basketball collected their second consecutive win over Clemson with a 58-55 victory in December on the road at Littlejohn Coliseum just eight days after the football team's big win. Bruce Ellington was a part of both the football and men's basketball wins having joined his teammates on the hardwood at the end of the football regular season.

Women's Basketball also defeated Clemson in their house in November, led by a 19-point outing from senior Charenee Stephens and shooting 50% in the first half to help deliver a 65-48 victory.


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Women's Soccer seniors hold up four fingers to represent four straight wins over Clemson.


Other wins came in Women's Soccer with a 2-0 victory on the road at Clemson (fourth consecutive win, all shut-outs, making this year's Gamecock senior class the first to go undefeated against the Tigers); Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving (the Gamecocks won 19 of the 32 events to sweep the Tigers in the final meet between the two schools as Clemson is ending their program); and Women's Tennis (a 4-3 upset by #26 Carolina over #17 Clemson at the new Carolina Tennis Center). The Gamecocks' only losses to Clemson this year are in Men's Soccer (first win for the Tigers in the past five meetings), Volleyball, and one game out of the Baseball series. Men's Tennis is the last team to face off with Clemson in the regular season this year as they will go on the road to Clemson on March 14th at 1:00 p.m. 

GO GAMECOCKS!

Beating Clemson...

It's Passion.
It's Pride.
It's Loyalty.

It's the Garnet Way.


Gamecock Women's Soccer Ready for Another No.1

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WSOC-11 Shelley Smith after Texas win.jpegThe Gamecocks are ready for another No.1... but is another No.1-ranked team ready for the Gamecocks?

After a win over Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at home at Stone Stadium, South Carolina Women's Soccer heads west to California to take on No.1-ranked Stanford. The Gamecocks will look to end The Cardinal's 47-game home winning streak, the second-longest in NCAA Division I history.

"We're ready to go to the west coast and show those teams what we're all about," said head coach Shelley Smith. "I think we're obviously the underdog in the game but this program has been in this position before and we believe we can win a game on that day.  So that's what we will be bringing out to Stanford."

Carolina has had several big road wins this season that helped deliver their first-ever regular season SEC Championship. They knocked LSU out of the tie for first place in the SEC with a 4-1 upset on Senior Night, the Tigers' first home loss of the season. They then ended the regular season with a huge 2-1 victory in Gainesville to claim the SEC title, a crown Florida had worn for five straight seasons.

"We know we're capable of beating any team on any given day and that's what you take into a team like Stanford," said Smith. "We've already talked to the team about where we were as a program [in 2007] when we had to take on North Carolina who's been the powerhouse for years. We had to go in and play them at home and they had never lost a home opener in their 29 year history before. If you go into a game believing that you can win, it's possible."

"Going into Stanford is going to be a tall task but on that day, we can be the best team.  Anything is possible.  And to see that other teams here at South Carolina have knocked off number one teams in recent history, we hope to be another one to add to that list."

Women's Soccer got their first win over a top-ranked team with a 1-0 season-opening defeat of No.1 North Carolina in 2007, ending a 27 game winning streak for the Tar Heels.

Senior forward Kayla Grimsley, who broke Carolina's career points record this season, says the team is not discouraged by having to face the No.1 team so early in the tournament, but excited.

"I think it's a huge opportunity for us to prove the talent that we have as a team.  And I think that if you're not going to beat them in round two then you're not going to beat them in the final round," said Grimsley. "You have to beat good teams in order to win championships and we're ready to go because for us it's just another game and another opportunity to play a great team in the country


South Carolina and Stanford will face off Friday night at 10:00 p.m. ET at Stanford. Any Gamecock fans in the area who would like to go cheer on the team, tickets are available through GoStanford.com, via phone at 1-800-STANFORD or in person at the Stanford ticket office at Gate 2 at Stanford Stadium. Live stats will be available via Gametracker and you can also follow the action with South Carolina Women's Soccer on Facebook and Twitter.

Click here to hear more from Coach Smith and Kayla about the match-up.
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.
 

Women's Soccer Preps for Meaningful Senior Day on Sunday

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As Women's Soccer prepares to host Arkansas on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in the final regular season home game of the year, we talked to the seniors about what Senior Day and potentially their last opportunity to play in a game at Stone Stadium means to them. The seniors will be joined by their families and loved ones before the game to be honored on the field.

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Starting line-ups at Stone Stadium, home sweet home for the soccer seniors.


Natalie Aaron:

"To me, it is a celebration of the journey we as a senior class have been on for the past four years. It represents our class's achievements of making a name for our program and writing our place in history. I could not have asked for a better group of seniors and feel so blessed to have gotten to experience this with them. Stone Stadium is by far one of the most elite complexes in the nation. We are so spoiled with our field and fans. Without them, this experience would not have been complete. To them, thank you for all the support you have provided us over the past four years. We truly appreciate each and every one of you." 

Ellen Fahey:

"It means the end of a great 4 years here at South Carolina. I have been so blessed with the friends I have made on this team especially all the seniors. I could not have asked for a better group of girls to spend 4 years with. This potentially being my last game at Stone Stadium brings an end to all the great memories and victories that we as a team have had here, memories that I will carry with me the rest of my life. I am excited I get to end those memories with such an amazing team!!"

Ali Glemser:

"It means a bittersweet end to the four years I've been a Lady Gamecock. Bitter because it will potentially be the last game I ever play on this field, and sweet because I'm honored to end my soccer career at USC beside such amazing girls."

Kayla Grimsley:

"It means the world. The fans here at this stadium and this university are the best I have experienced anywhere in the four years I've played. It's a bittersweet feeling knowing that I may never get to play in front of these fans again. I'm ready to see what's in store in the future, but I will forever miss Gamecock Nation."

Lolly Holland:

"I have had the most amazing 4 years here at Carolina. It has been an honor and a privilege playing in front of Gamecock Nation and these outstanding fans. It is such a bittersweet feeling playing at Stone Stadium for potentially the last time ever. I am so proud to be a GAMECOCK and I couldn't have asked for a more INCREDIBLE group of teammates and coaches to share this journey with."

Roya Mojarab:

"It means being done with all four years, all those years of good times and bad, building a family with people I will never forget, another step in life."

Maria Petroni:

"This potentially being our last ever home game makes Sunday a very special game. Playing soccer with all of these girls, especially our senior class, has been one of the best experiences of my entire life. I will never forget these four years, and I will miss every second of it when I am gone. It will be an honor to play with my team on our home field, in front of our home crowd, for possibly the last time of our careers."

Kortney Rhoades:

"It's both sad and exciting. Knowing how far the senior class has come as a whole and how much we have contributed to the program is such a great feeling. But also knowing that this could be my last game at home is so upsetting, this team has been my family for the last four years and not seeing the girls and coaches as often is going to be a hard thing to deal with. But it's exciting to move on to a new chapter of my life knowing that I've given everything I had to these girls that I both look up to and hold so close to my heart. I'm going to miss this so much."

Jocelyn Spurrier:

"It's the bittersweet finality of 4 years of the best memories I've had in my life, shared with best friends that will now be a part of the rest of my life."

WSOC celebrates vs Auburn - Travis Bell.jpegHeaded to Starkville this weekend for the football game? With a morning kickoff my guess is you're probably going down the night before, so head on over to Mississippi State's soccer complex to cheer on your South Carolina Women's Soccer team against Mississippi State as well. Game time is 7:00 p.m. local time (8:00 p.m. ET) Click here to see the soccer field on the MSU campus map.

It would be pretty cool to show the strength of Gamecock Nation by having more Gamecock fans at the soccer game than Bulldog fans!
Mississippi State soccer apparently averages about 500 fans per game. I know more than 500 people are traveling for football so come on out and show your support! Cheer loudly, wear your Garnet and Black, make signs, whatever you want to do, but let's show Mississippi State what we're made of!

The Gamecocks are looking for their fourth straight conference win coming off beating both Alabama and Auburn this past weekend. Let's make Starkville feel like a home game at Stone Stadium instead!

Photo Credit: Copyright 2011 Travis Bell/Sideline Carolina

Women's Soccer's Sisterly Connection with Kentucky

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A small percentage of youth athletes actually get the opportunity to play their sport in college. Even fewer get the opportunity to play at the highest level in Division I. Quite rare is it to have two siblings both make it into Division I athletics. So what about two sets of siblings? With one from each set each playing at the exact same schools? That's the case with our Women's Soccer team and Kentucky, the Gamecocks' opponent Friday night. Gamecock senior defender Ellen Fahey and sophomore forward/midfielder Danielle Au were both the second people in their families to play Division I soccer as both of their older sisters played for the University of Kentucky.  Ellen's older sister, Katie Fahey, played for the Wildcats for the 2006 through 2009 seasons, while Samantha "Sam" Au, Danielle's older sister, was with the team from 2007-2009.

Only two years apart, Ellen has played against her older sister, Katie Fahey, and the Wildcats twice (two Gamecock wins, for the record.) Danielle and her older sister, Sam, are three years apart and did not have to face each other in a game.

"Our first game was at Kentucky so she was really nice and left me cookies and a little note. She drew me a picture of a little wildcat eating a Gamecock and left that in the locker room with the cookies," Ellen shared. "The second year she was a forward and I was a defender and that got a little nasty. We were separate for most of the game but then the ball started coming down on us, she went after the ball [and so did I], and my sister is bigger and stronger than me so she just bulldozed me and tackled me and basically sat on my head. I got really mad and popped up screaming at her [laughing]...My mom just had to pace back and forth, and got very nervous."

Growing up with older sisters who not only played, but were very skilled at soccer as well, helped drive Danielle and Ellen to work hard at soccer and want to play in college.

"It was really competitive because we both played at the same high school and we play the same position," said Danielle. "She pushed me to be better, she helped me in every way she could."

"When my sister started playing club soccer, I was like, 'I wanna play club, I want to be like Katie, I want to do what she does,'" explained Ellen. "Then we got older into high school and started playing together and it was fun, but hard at times because we both knew that each of us could be better so we'd push each other to be better and we would butt heads."

Now that both Sam and Katie are no longer at Kentucky, the sibling rivalry is quieted slightly.

"She still likes Kentucky and wants them to do well, but she'll cheer for me now when we play Kentucky just because I'm her sister," said Ellen, smiling.

Check out Gamecock Spotlights on Danielle and Ellen:





 



With the 2011-12 season right around the corner, we wanted to take a look back at the past year. Over the next few weeks I'll be counting down 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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#11: Women's Soccer beats LSU in PK's to advance to the SEC Tournament Championship Game for second consecutive year


The 2010 SEC Tournament turned out to be quite dramatic for the South Carolina Women's Soccer Team and the semifinal game turned into our #11 Top Moment of 2010-11. After beating Kentucky in penalty kicks in the quarterfinals, the Gamecocks once again found themselves tied 1-1 after 110 minutes of play heading to a penalty kick shootout vs. LSU to decide who would advance to the title game. It was a re-match of the 2009 SEC Tournament Championship Game which South Carolina won against LSU (also after PK's!) to deliver the first SEC title in program history.

The same five players as the night before vs. Kentucky lined up to take the PK's. Brittiny Rhoades, Kortney Rhoades and Kelsey Barr put the Gamecocks in position to win it at 3-3 after senior goalie Mollie Patton was able to save an LSU penalty kick for the second straight night. After the final Tiger sailed her shot high, Kayla Grimsley scored the winning kick again to send Carolina into the title match for the second straight year.

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Mollie Patton saves an LSU penalty kick shot

Women's Soccer begins their 2011 season on the road on August 19th at ECU. Their first home game is September 2nd at 7:00 p.m. vs. Northeastern. Be a part of our great crowds at Stone Stadium this season!



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

#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

Brandi Chastain.jpgThe image of Brandi Chastain ripping off her jersey and celebrating Team USA's dramatic 1999 World Cup win in her sports bra is arguably one of the most iconic sports images ever. The victory was a spark for Women's Soccer and a group of superstar players including Chastain, Mia Hamm, and Julie Foudy to burst on to the national and international stage. A generation of young soccer players flourished with new role models to follow.

"I remember watching the games and I wanted to be them," said South Carolina senior forward/midfielder Lolly Holland. "They made our dream seem like it could be a reality. It was really inspiring. From that moment I knew I wanted to play at the highest level like they were and that's what I've worked for. They started just like we did and gave us hope that we could do it too."

Women's soccer has enjoyed many years of success since then and now in 2011, the nation and world are again captivated with the Women's World Cup and Team USA, who play Wednesday at noon ET vs. France in the semifinals. The South Carolina women's soccer team has been watching the Women's World Cup all along, getting together as roommates or as a team to watch, particularly Team USA's riveting down-to-the-wire victory over powerhouse Brazil on Sunday.

"There were about six or seven people at my apartment watching," said senior midfielder Kortney Rhoades. "We thought it was going to be done and then all of a sudden we're all on the couches screaming. It was crazy. It just goes to show that the game literally is until the last second."

Several Gamecocks have national and international experience, including senior Kayla Grimsley who participated in training camp with the US National Team's U20 team.

"We trained just like they train. It's the same style of coaching throughout all the different age levels of the national team organization," explained Grimsley. "I've played against some of the girls who are on the World Cup team and it was a great experience because everyone there has the same mentality of winning and fighting. Just like they proved against Brazil, it's not over until the last whistle."

While names like Hamm and Chastain have retired, a new crop of young international players are inspiring other elite players like the Gamecocks.

"I'm a fan of [Brazil's] Marta. She plays my style of play. She's very technical and quick. For the US I'm a fan of Lauren Cheney and Amy Rodriguez. They're two young players who are going to change the United States program," said Grimsley.

Incoming freshman Lani Smith added, "it's great for younger girls to watch these players. I think Hope Solo has really been killing it for the US. She is just so thirsty to win."

That thirst to win won't end with the Women's World Cup in July. The summer excitement has the Gamecocks looking forward to their upcoming 2011 fall season even more.

"Every day we've been working so hard on our fitness and we think a big part of USA's success against Brazil was that they were more fit and they didn't get tired at the end of the game and that's what we've been trying to tell ourselves," said Holland. "We've been trying to match that level that they have so that if we're down in a game we can still keep playing and believe in ourselves and that we'll be fit enough. That's our main focus right now. That last sprint is going to be worth it."

-Brittany

The Gamecocks kick off the 2011 season on August 19th and play their first home match on September 2nd at 7:00 p.m. vs. Northeastern at Stone Stadium. Season tickets are available. Click here for more information.

South Carolina Women's Soccer ranks sixth in the nation and first in the SEC for average attendance, with a slight edge over Georgia which ranks seventh.

This is a great point of pride for the program and one that is all due to the fans. We all sincerely appreciate your support for Gamecock Athletics; having great home crowds and fan support means a lot to our student-athletes. Go Gamecocks!


2010 NCAA Division I Women Attendance
AVG. TEAM
3,633 Portland
2,524 Texas A&M
2,193 BYU
2,122 North Carolina
1,819 New Mexico
1,718 South Carolina
1,686 Georgia
1,468 TCU
1,393 USC
1,304 Washington
1,294 Army
1,237 Florida
1,214 Virginia
1,192 Texas Tech
1,189 Penn State
1,138 Texas
1,111 Notre Dame
1,081 Duke
1,072 Michigan
1,008 Stanford

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 Crowd at the Gamecocks' final home match of the 2010 season


- Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog

Tonight's big match-up vs. Florida for the SEC Championship is also Senior Night, where we'll be honoring the team's five seniors. I sat down with them after practice this week to find out what some of their favorite memories are and what they will miss most about South Carolina when they graduate. The common theme of the conversation was definitely the sense of family and the close relationships they have developed over the years. Watch the video below for more from our seniors:

Mollie Patton - Goalkeeper, Milford, Ohio

Brooke Jacobs - Forward, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Brittiny Rhoades - Defender, Wilmington, Delaware

Maggie Blackwell - Marietta, South Carolina

Maddy Kill - Midfield, Marietta, Georgia




- Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog
This Friday at 5:00 PM, the South Carolina Swimming & Diving teams will go up against rival Clemson for the last time at the Carolina Natatorium. Clemson is dropping their programs after next year so this is one of our last chances to beat the pants, or swimsuits in this case, off the Tigers in the water. It's also the team's first home meet of the season.

Friday is a big night, with this meet at 5:00 and the Women's Soccer team taking on Florida for the SEC Championship at 7:00, so come out and support our Gamecocks in these big moments!

- Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog

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Women's Soccer plays for SEC Championship Friday

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As the Women's Soccer season wraps up this week, the SEC Championship will come down to one game... South Carolina vs. Florida this Friday. If our Gamecocks win, they are the regular season SEC Champion and the No. 1 seed going into the SEC Tournament. If they tie, the Gamecocks and Gators are Co-Champions, but SC will get the No. 1 seed in the Tournament.

As the final regular season home game, this Friday's match will also be Senior Night for the Gamecocks as we honor five senior players (more to come on them on Spurs Up Blog later this week). The team is also playing the game in honor of the late Jill Darr Rowell, a former Gamecock golfer and friend of the soccer coaching staff, who will be recognized in a special presentation.

The past year has brought a lot of success and "firsts" for Gamecock Athletics. Women's Soccer won the SEC Tournament last spring to be SEC Champions for the first time and a win this Friday would bring them their first regular season SEC Championship and the first for the university since Baseball in 2002.

We've been one of the leaders in the nation for average attendance for Women's Soccer so I expect this Friday won't be any different, especially with the conference title on the line.

BE THERE!

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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.

Women's Soccer Carolina Cup

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Thumbnail image for 09Soc_WCarolina115.jpgDon't miss out on a jam packed weekend of Gamecock Women's Soccer!

It all starts this Friday September 10th when your Gamecock Women's Soccer team hosts the Carolina Cup at Stone Stadium!

Listed below is the schedule for this weekend's Carolina Cup, and remember tickets purchased for Friday and Sunday's games will allow you admission to both games on that day:

Friday September 10th:

Furman vs. High Point @ 5:00 P.M.  

Please Stick around for:

#21 South Carolina vs. Clemson @ 7:30 P.M.
•    Youth League Night
o    First 250 Kids Receive Free Garnet Pom-Poms
•    Post-Game Autograph Session
•    Kid's Inflatable Bounce House
•    Firehouse Trivia Question
•    Cocky
•    Goal and Corner Kick T-shirts

Sunday September 12th:

Clemson vs. High Point @ 12:00 P.M.

Please stick around for:

#21 South Carolina vs. Furman @ 2:30 P.M.
•    Football Ticket Stub Day
o    Bring your ticket stub from the 9/11 Georgia football game and receive a ticket for $1!
•    Kid's Inflatable Bounce House
•    Cocky
•    Goal and Corner Kick T-shirts

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

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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. 

Women's Soccer Game Available Live on Sunday

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South Carolina women's soccer fans will have the opportunity to catch all the action Sunday when the Gamecocks travel to Boston to take on the Northeastern University Huskies.

The Northeastern University Athletics video department will be providing a complete video production stream for the noon game, as well as an audio stream and live stats.

To access the video, audio or stats, fans should go to http://www.gonu.tv

The audio commentary stream and the live stats will be provided free of charge. The video stream will cost $9.95 to watch.

Women's Soccer Season Tickets Now On Sale

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W-crowd2009-record.JPGAfter the incredible success of last season winning the SEC Tournament and getting to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, it's time to get excited once again for a new season of South Carolina Women's Soccer!

With your help, South Carolina Women's Soccer led the nation in attendance for the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament and finished in the top ten nationally in average attendance for the first time in school history! Looking to build on the success, the Gamecocks will kick off their home season Friday, August 27th when they take on Louisville at 7:30 p.m. in the Gamecock Courtyard Cup. Stick around following the game and receive autographs from your favorite players!

Be a part of the action this season as your South Carolina Gamecocks match up against in-state rival Clemson and perennial SEC rivals Ole Miss, Miss. St., Georgia, Tennessee, LSU and Florida.  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 Women's Soccer.  For more information, call the ticket office at 800-4SC-FANS or visit http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/tickets/ticket-office.html

SEC Academic Special on ESPNU Tonight

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Tune into ESPNU tonight at 6 p.m. ET as the network will air the 2010 SEC Spring Academic Special which honors the academic accomplishments of student-athletes across the league. Blakely Mattern from South Carolina's women's soccer team and the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year will be featured in a segment on the program.

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Blakely Mattern actionThe Athletics Department held its annual Gamecock Gala Monday where student-athletes were presented with awards and honors voted on throughout the department. The big winner of the night was women's soccer senior Blakely Mattern, who was named Female Athlete of the Year, The President's Award winner and an SEC McWhorter Scholarship recipient.

In being named Female Athlete of the Year, Mattern became the first person to ever win the award twice in her Gamecock career. She also earned the honor at the 2008 Gala. In winning three awards Monday night, Mattern also joined elite company as the second person and first woman to earn three awards at one Gala (not including being named a Team MVP). The other person to achieve this feat was men's tennis athlete Tom Eklund who won three awards in 2006. That season, Eklund was named Scholar Athlete of the Year, earned the Gamecock Inspiration Award and was awarded the McWhorter Scholarship as well.

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

Blakely Mattern Racking Up Awards

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South Carolina women's soccer defender Blakely Mattern might need to find more room on her mantle. The senior was named a First-Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America this week. Here's a look at the honors she's picked up in her distinguished career at South Carolina:

-2009 First Team All-American (NSCAA)
-One of five members on the Lowe's Senior CLASS All-American First Team (2009)
-2009 ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American
-2009 SEC Tournament MVP
-Three-time First-Team All-SEC
-2007 SEC Defensive Player of the Year
-2007 Fourth-Team All-American (Soccer Buzz)
-2006 Freshman All-American
Weekly Honors from 2009 Season
-NSCAA National Player of the Week
-SEC Defensive Player of the Week (twice)
-Soccer America national team of the week (four times)
-CollegeSoccer360 Primetime Performer team of the week (twice)
-Top Drawer Soccer national team of the week
Impressive, to say the least!

Women's Soccer Celebrations

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Join the South Carolina women's soccer team at Carolina Ale House in the Vista tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. as they look to see who they'll face in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. With an RPI of 8 and the SEC title win, the Gamecocks have a good chance of hosting the first and second rounds.

In related news, the soccer team was greeted at the airport by Coach Staley and the women's basketball team. In fact, it was Coach Staley's tweet of the SEC Championship trophy that made it on the morning news today. Click here and here for her tweets of the celebrations.