No. 19 South Carolina To Host Arizona State Sunday
Gamecock and Sun Devils to play at 1 p.m. at Stone Stadium
Sept. 4, 2010
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By Miquel Jacobs
Media Relations Assistant
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The No. 19 South Carolina women's soccer team continues its six-match homestand with a highly anticipated match against Pac-10 foe Arizona State. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. in the first meeting between the two 2009 NCAA Tournament teams.
Season tickets and individual game tickets are on sale. Individual game tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for youth, $1 for Groups of 15 or more and a Family Fun Pack that includes 2 Adult & 2 Youth tickets for $15. Season ticket prices are $25 for adults and $10 for students. They can be purchased at GamecocksOnline.com or by calling (800) 4SC-FANS.
Mollie Patton'S COUNTDOWN TO 33
Heading into the tournament, senior goalkeeper Mollie Patton has 25 career solo shutouts at South Carolina. Her 25 shutouts are eight shy of tying the SEC record of 33, held by Megan Rivera of Auburn (2001-04). She already holds the SEC records for consecutive shutouts (7) and single-season shutouts (15), and was already the South Carolina all-time record holder before the season began.
ON THE HORIZON
The Gamecocks host the Carolina's Cup next weekend with in-state rival Clemson and Furman coming to Columbia as well as High Point.
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE
Arizona State is a perfect 3-0-0 on the year after defeating Charlotte, 1-0, Friday night. The Sun Devils are off to their best start since 2006 and are led by senior Karin Volpe's three goals, two in the game-winning fashion. Midfielder Alexandra Elston is a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award cnadidate and earned All-Pac-10 honors in 2007 and 2009. Sophomore Allyssa Gilmore has played all 270 minutes in goal for ASU and posted her first shutout of the year Friday night.
SENIOR CLASS SET THE BAR HIGH
The 2009 senior class left Columbia as the winningest senior class in program history, but the 2010 class can claim that distinction with another solid year. The Class of `09 held a 55-23-14 (.674) record, the most wins and best win-percentage for a South Carolina senior class. The Class of `10 currently claims a career record of 47-18-9 (.696) and also has the chance to become the first class to advance to the NCAA Tournament all four years.
HOME AT THE STONE
South Carolina has been nearly unstoppable at Stone Stadium the past three seasons, posting a 33-4-5 record at home since 2006. The streak included a 15-game unbeaten streak from Aug. 31, 2006-Oct. 5, 2007 and a 13-game unbeaten streak at "The Graveyard" from Oct. 19, 2007-Oct. 23, 2008. The lone blemishes on the record are a double-overtime loss to Vanderbilt (Oct. 7, 2007), a loss to #7 Florida (Oct. 30, 2008), the NCAA Third Round thriller against #14 Wake Forest (Nov. 20, 2009) and a loss to Louisville earlier this season. Carolina went 11-1-0 at Stone Stadium last season.
FIRST TIME OPPONENTS
South Carolina will face four opponents for the first time this season, including Sunday's opponent Arizona State. Prior to this season, the Gamecocks had also never played Northeastern, Ohio or Minnesota. The team is already 2-0-0 this year against first time opponents after defeating Northeastern (3-0) and Ohio (2-0). In 2009, Carolina went 5-0-0 against first time opponents, defeating Louisville (3-0), Cincinnati (4-0), UCF (1-0), South Alabama (6-1) and Rutgers (1-0).
IN THE POLLS
South Carolina is ranked No. 19 in the NSCAA coaches poll, a drop of six spots after going 1-1-0 last week. Carolina also is 19th by Soccer Times.
Sophomore Ali Glemser grabbed her first career goal in Carolina's 3-0 win at Northeastern by scoring in the 33rd minute. She then hit the game-winner in Carolina's 2-0 victory against Ohio, marking a strong start to her second year. Glemser adds a versatile presence to the pitch with her ability to play at forward or on the backline, and will possibly be used in each position throughout the year.