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Nov. 3, 2002

Box Score

Columbia, S.C. – A three-goal first half helped South Carolina earn a 5-1 win over Winthrop in the second day of action at the College of Charleston Invitational at Patriot’s Point. Today’s win is the Gamecocks’ largest margin of victory all season. The Gamecocks improve to 10-6-1, while the Eagles fall to 11-5-1.

The Eagles jumped out to an early 1-0 lead at 13:35. Gareth Hayden scored an unassisted goal from 15 yards out. Five minutes later, the Gamecocks answered Hayden’s goal when Robert Rosenberg headed the ball past Eagles’ goalkeeper Steve Winton. Tim Glowienka, taking one of six USC corner kicks, served the ball to the middle of the box where Rosenberg knocked it in to tie the match at 1-1.

In the 41st minute junior Jack Cummings scored his first of two goals. One minute later Anthony Stovall connected with defender Josh Alcala to give the Gamecocks a two-goal lead heading into halftime.

South Carolina would play the second half one man down after losing forward Jordan Quinn to a red card issued seconds before the first half ended. The Gamecocks proved successful with Winthrop having the one-man advantage. USC opened the second half with its fourth goal of the match. Cummings netted his second goal of the match when he fired Ryan Deter’s pass to the back of the net. JC Desriac scored USC’s fifth goal of the match off a successful penalty kick at 85:44.

South Carolina dominated the match, outshooting the Eagles 15-7. The Gamecocks held the corner kick advantage, 6-0. Gamecock goalkeeper Michael Bachmeyer recorded four saves.

“I am very proud of our team today,” stated Head Coach Mark Berson. “We have been in a scoring drought lately. It showed a lot of character the way our team broke out of it today. We also were able to score two goals while we were a man down, which is a very significant accomplishment against a good team like Winthrop.

South Carolina returns to action Friday, Nov., 8 when they head to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on the defending national champions, North Carolina. Kickoff between the Gamecocks and Tar Heels is slated for 6:00 p.m.