Aug. 29, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - No. 12 South Carolina (3-0-0) extended their home winning streak to a program-best 13 straight on a golden goal from junior Raina Johnson in the 104th minute to defeat No. 22 Boston University (2-1-0) 1-0 in double overtime. The Friday night match in Stone Stadium was a part of the Gamecocks' Garnet & Black Classic that continues on Sunday.
Sophomore Sophie Groff tallied the first assist of her career and her first point of the season on the game-winning play, using some nifty footwork to get past her defender. After Groff found Johnson near the middle of the field, the Gamecock went to work just inside of the 18-yard box. Johnson let loose a shot from her right foot that went across the goalmouth, past the diving Terrier goalie and into the left corner for the win.
Early on, South Carolina created several chances, recording four shots in the first nine minutes. Johnson nearly scored in the ninth minute in a one-on-one opportunity, but she chipped the chance just high of the goal.
Then, defense was the story over as the teams settled into a battle, with each side closing down on nearly every chance in their opponents attacking third.
In the 76th minute, sophomores Kaleigh Kurtz and Paige Bendell came close to giving the Gamecocks a late 1-0 lead. Kurtz found Bendell on a free kick, but the header went just wide of the opposite post.
After 90 minutes of scoreless play, the game went to overtime. Each team recorded a shot in the first extra period, but couldn't find net. With the clock running out, Johnson punched in the winner four minutes into the second overtime.
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Raina Johnson, Junior Forward
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