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October 26, 2001

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Behind a goal by sophomore Jess Julin at the 86th minute, the USC women’s soccer team (7-6-3, 2-5-1) defeated SEC West rival Ole Miss 1-0 at Stone Stadium Friday evening.

“I’m proud of how are team finished and played this game,” said USC Head Coach Shelley Smith. “Our team never gave up. We have been in this position before in several other matches this year, but our team stayed in the match the entire time.”

The match ended with each team finishing with 10 shots apiece on goal. USC junior goalkeeper Elise Matthews recorded the shutout with three saves, including a save with five seconds left in the match from Ole Miss defender Kristin Chapman, just inside the penalty box.

“Elise had a great match and her save at the end was key,” said Coach Smith. “Melissa Hutson and Jess Julin also had great games and controlled the midfield.”

With the victory, USC keeps itself alive for a berth in the SEC Tournament. South Carolina will next compete on Sunday Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. vs. Mississippi State at Stone Stadium. A victory for the Gamecocks, still gives USC the possibility of making the SEC Tournament.