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Sept. 1, 2003

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina women’s soccer team (0-1) hosts its home opener on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. vs. Furman at Stone Stadium. Carolina heads into the match 6-1-1 in the series history with the Lady Paladins including last year’s 3-1 win in Greenville, S.C.

Tuesday’s match vs. Furman is the first of three consecutive home matches this week for Carolina. USC will also host Charleston Southern on Friday at 7 p.m. and close the homestand out on Sunday, September 7 at 1 p.m. vs. Dartmouth. Carolina owned a 5-3-1 record at home in the 2002 season.

Last season, forward Morgan McIntyre scored twice in the second half as Carolina earned a 3-1 win at Furman. The Gamecocks opened up the scoring at 29:17 with forward Ashley Williams the first goal. Midfielder Melinda Carter’s cross found Williams near the goal as she beat Furman goalkeeper Andie Hinshaw to the left corner for a 1-0 USC lead.

South Carolina increased its lead to 2-0 at 60:52 as Morgan McIntyre headed twice at Hinshaw in the Furman goal, with the second attempt trickling past Hinshaw and crossing the line for a Carolina goal. The Lady Paladins struck back and reduced the deficit to one goal at 76:10 as forward Emily Turgeon drove past the Gamecock defense for an unassisted goal past USC goalkeeper Elise Matthews. McIntyre would put the game away for USC at 86:06 as a perfect timed pass from freshman Abigail Markham hit McIntyre in stride as she beat Hinshaw to the left corner of the goal for a 3-1 lead.

Tuesday night’s match will also be broadcast on with Richard Rowell and Andy Fields calling the action. South Carolina will have eight matches broadcasted on during the regular season (at Clemson, Furman, Dartmouth, Davidson, N.C. State, Auburn, at Georgia, Kentucky).