USC Women's Soccer Falls 2-1 To Georgia
Oct. 10, 2003
Athens, Ga. - Jessica Winton's second half goal at 53:00 broke a 1-1 tie as Georgia defeated the South Carolina women's soccer team 2-1 on Friday evening at the Georgia Soccer Stadium in front of 935 fans. The loss breaks South Carolina's eight-game unbeaten streak and drops Carolina's record to 8-4-2 and 1-1-1 in the SEC. Georgia is now 9-4 and 2-1 in the SEC.
"We started off the second half very well and were able to get a goal to tie the match," said USC head coach Shelley Smith. "We gave the ball away on the game-winning goal and they took advantage of our mistake."
The Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead in the first minutes of the match as Randi Lynn-Bruso scored her third goal of the season at 2:14. Bruso was able to control a cross in the box from Ashley King and knocked a shot to the right corner pass USC goalkeeper Elise Matthews for the first goal of the match. The Bulldogs outshot Carolina 5-0 in the first half with much of the play in the midfield with both teams struggling to secure scoring chances.
The Gamecocks' first shot resulted in a goal as Carolina tied the match at one at 49:36. A cross from M.A. Foster was battled in the box by both Carolina and Georgia before Jenna Ball came away with the ball and scored her first goal of her USC career.
Georgia regained the lead three minutes later as Jessica Winton broke through the Carolina defense for her 13th goal of the year. Winton was able to take a through ball from Elizabeth Metherell and head the ball past Matthews to give the Bulldogs a one goal lead at 53:00.
Carolina tried to battle back to tie the match but could not find the back of the net. Jackie Welch's free kick from 22 yards out sailed just above the cross bar at 54:03 and Shelly Hoddeson had a shot sail wide with just over 20 minutes remaining in the match.
Carolina now heads to Knoxville, Tenn. for a Sunday match vs. Tennessee at 2 p.m. The Gamecocks return home next Friday evening at 7 p.m. to host Vanderbilt at Stone Stadium.