Oct. 10, 2004
Lexington, Ky. – A first half goal by Alli Haeussler helped lift Kentucky (6-6-1, 3-2-1 SEC) to a 1-0 victory over the South Carolina women’s soccer team (6-7-2, 0-4-2 SEC) on Sunday afternoon. South Carolina finished the afternoon with a 13-7 shot advantage despite the loss including nine shots in the second half but were unable to come up with the game-tying goal. The Gamecocks return home on Friday, Oct. 15 to host Ole Miss at 7 p.m. at Stone Stadium.
“We had a lot of opportunities in the second half but unfortunately we couldn’t come up with the goal we needed to tie the match,” said USC head coach Shelley Smith. “We put ourselves in a hole early with their goal off a corner.”
Haeussler’s goal came midway into the first half at 25:12. Courtney McCrudden’s corner kick sailed into the box and was played by Kristin Moyer. Off a rebound, Haeussler was able to get control of the ball and knock a shot past Carolina goalkeeper Lindsay Thorstenson to give the Wildcats a one-goal lead.
South Carolina almost went into the halftime in a 1-1 tie on a goal by Sarah Lentz on a header off a corner kick, but a foul called inside the box nullified the goal for USC.
USC continued to control play in the second half with several Gamecock players putting together chances on the Kentucky goal. Lentz had two shots in the first five minutes of the second half denied by Wildcat goalkeeper Liz Butler. Butler would finish the afternoon with seven saves in goal for Kentucky while Thorstenson finished with three for Carolina. Lentz also had a header shot blocked by a Kentucky defender at 74:30 in a span in which USC had three corner kicks on the Kentucky goal within two minutes. Amanda Thurber put together a scoring chance at 81:45 only to have her shot also blocked.
Live audio broadcast and live Gametracker stats will be available at www.uscsports.com for Friday night’s match for the Gaemcocks vs. Ole Miss.