Oct. 3, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's equestrian team returns to action on Thursday, when the Gamecocks host Auburn at 2 p.m. at One Wood Farm in Blythewood. Thursday's meet will be the first ever head-to-head SEC meet for both teams, as this is the first year that the Southeastern Conference has sponsored the sport of equestrian.
"We've had a good week of practice so far, and I think the girls are looking forward to competing against a tough Auburn team," South Carolina head coach Boo Major said. "They are a tough team to compete against, whether it's at our place or at their place. The last two times we've competing against Auburn in the fall, both of those meets have been 10-10 tiebreakers. What that means is that whichever team rides with the fewest mistakes is going to have an edge."
SCOUTING SOUTH CAROLINA
The Hunt Seat team is 1-0, defeating the Cowgirls, 8-2.
The Western team is 0-1. falling to Oklahoma State, 5-5 in a raw score tiebreaker.
Auburn's Hunt Seat team is 1-0, defatting the Cowgirls, 6-4.
The Tigers' Western team is 0-1 after losing to Oklahoma State, 5-4.
Two weeks after that, South Carolina and Auburn met in the second round of the western bracket at the NCEA National Championships in Waco, Texas. No. 5 seed South Carolina jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, as Audrey Jewell, Layla Choate, and Amanda Pope won points in Reining. Later in the competition, holding a 4-3 advantage, then-senior Maggie Fortune entered the ring knowing she would have to beat her opponent's score of 141.5. Fortune delivered a solid ride, earning a score of 143, giving South Carolina the meet-clinching point and sending the Gamecocks in to the third round of the bracket.
DID YOU KNOW?
The last two fall meetings between South Carolina and Auburn have been 10-10 tiebreakers.
In the last seven seasons, South Carolina has won its first two dual meets only twice (2011-2012 season and 2006-2007 season).
South Carolina's next home meet will take place Feb. 2, 2013 when the Gamecocks host Georgia.
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