Oct. 22, 2004
Fayetteville, Ark. – Freshman midfielder Ashley Kirk scored her first collegiate goal and freshman goalkeeper Lindsay Thorstenson recorded her second career shutout as the South Carolina women’s soccer team (7-9-2, 1-6-2 SEC) defeated Arkansas (6-9-2, 2-5-2 SEC) 1-0 on Friday evening at Lady `Back Field. Carolina returns home on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. to host LSU with live Gametracker stats and live audio available www.uscsports.com.
“We did well to control the game and I thought we came out and played a good first half, went out on the attack and got our goal,” said USC head coach Shelley Smith. “The second half I thought we kept our composure and weathered some very messy play because of the rain. We didn’t give up a goal, it was a good team effort and we’re happy to come away with the win.”
USC went ahead 1-0 in the 21st minute of action with Kirk giving USC all it would need on the evening. From eight yards outside the goal, Kirk was able to control a rebound off Arkansas goalkeeper Carrie Dillsaver and knock a shot into the Lady Razorback net to put the Gamecocks on top. South Carolina finished the evening with a 12-7 shot advantage and Thorstenson competed strong for Carolina with five saves in goal.
The victory for Carolina was the team’s first shutout vs. a SEC opponent this year and its first win since a 2-1 overtime win over Charlotte on Sept. 19. USC last recorded a shutout victory on Sept. 15 when the Gamecocks blanked Clemson 2-0.