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Nov. 17, 2002

Box Score

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina men’s soccer team handed Florida International its first lost since Sept. 7 after defeating the Golden Panthers, 2-1, today at Eugene E. Stone III Stadium. The Gamecocks battled through inclement weather to improve to 11-7-1, while the Golden Panthers fell to 12-5-1.

The Gamecocks struck fast, scoring their first of two goals two minutes into the first half. Jack Cummings served the ball to freshman Ryan Deter who netted his fifth goal of the season. FIU goalkeeper Roy Rosenberg came out of the box leaving Deter with an open net from 10 yards out.

Florida International scored the equalizing goal at the 2:34 mark when Juan Rivera scored an unassisted goal. In the 36th minute Anthony Stovall scored the game-winning goal. Ben Link connected with Stovall, who slipped it past Roy Rosenberg, to give USC a 2-1 lead.

South Carolina outshot Florida International 12-11. Gamecock goalkeeper Michael Bachmeyer, playing in his final home match of his Gamecock career, recorded five saves. Roy Rosneberg, who recorded one save, was relieved by Shawn Crowe in the second half. Crowe recorded four saves.

Besides Bachmeyer, four other Gamecocks were honored in the Senior Day festivities: Tim Glowienka, Leo Garcia (Team Manager), Dave Moore and Jordan Quinn.

“I am very proud of our team,” commented Mark Berson. ” This is the first time we have had our full lineup since the Davidson match. The good news is that a lot of our younger players got a lot of experience and helped us through the final stretch. This is a very significant win for us against a team that has already earned a berth to the NCAA tournament and had not lost since Sept. 7.”

South Carolina now awaits to see if it will receive a bid to the NCAA tournament. ESPN News will hold the men’s soccer selection show on Monday, Nov.18 at 4:30 p.m.