Home opener vs. Samford at Stone Stadium set for 6 p.m. Sunday.
South Carolina opens season with exhibition at Duke on Thursday.
Junior midfielder Taylor Leach scores game winner in 15th minute.
South Carolina earned its second-ever national seed
Leach joins D'Angelo on first team; Drennan named to freshmen team.
2013 SEC All-Freshman Team
2013: Started 20 of 23 matches ... Played 1,620 minutes ... Third on the team in points with 14 ... Set school's freshman record with 12 assists ... Finished 11th nationally in assists and first in the SEC ... Tallied two assists against UNCW (8/23) in her first career game in a 2-0 win ... Tied program record for most assists in game with three in a 4-1 win over Vanderbilt (10/25) ... Posted third multi-assist game of the season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with two versus Furman (11/15) ... Scored first career goal at No. 24 Ole Miss (10/20) in a 1-1 draw ... Selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
PRE-COLLEGE: A 2013 graduate of T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C... lettered four years in soccer... played for head coach Katelyn Davis... evaluated as a four-star recurit and ranked No. 19 in the South Atlantic region by TopDrawerSoccer...helped her team to the 4A state title in 2012... team also was the 2012 Viking Cup Champions... highly decorated as a junior... named an NSCAA All-American, the SCSoccer.com Player of the Year, the HSSR 4A Player of the Year and nominated for the Gatorade Player of the Year... garnered SCCAWS 4A Player of the Year honors as both a sophomore and junior... earned All-Region and All-State honors in each of her first three prep seasons... was a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Southern Regional Champions in 2012... also a member of the South Carolina state club champion soccer squad every year from 2005-12... off the pitch, was the editor of the 2013 Yearbook, a member of the Key Club and Beta Club, a commencement marshal, the treasurer of the National Honor Society and ranked among the top 15 academically at T.L. Hanna.
PERSONAL: Chelsea Nicole Drennan was born Sept. 9, 1994... parents are Bob and Kim Drennan... nickname is Chels... brother, Andrew, was on the men's soccer team at Wofford College from 2009-12, serving as a goalkeeper... hopes to major in exercise science or pre-pharmacy... hobbies include church basketball and church.