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Sept. 9, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina junior midfielder Lindsay Small has been named to the Soccer America national Team of the Week following her performance this weekend at the Carolina’s Cup.

Small was named Tournament MVP after helping lead Carolina to a 2-0 weekend against 2007 NCAA Tournament participants Clemson and Furman. Small hit the game-winning goal in the 48th minute to defeat rival Clemson in Friday’s opener. The game-winning goal was her second in as many games for the Gamecocks after also hitting the game-winner to defeat Boston last Sunday, another postseason participant from last season. Normally a defensive midfielder for the Gamecocks, the goals were the first in her career as well as her first points as a Gamecock.

Small leads the Gamecocks on the year with two goals and four points despite only attempting six shots. Her .333 shot percentage is also tops on the team. She is tied for the SEC lead in game-winning goals and is fourth in the conference in points. She has also been instrumental in leading the Gamecocks to an SEC-best four shutouts through five games.

She becomes the first Gamecock named to Soccer America’s team since Lindsay Thorstenson was named the national player of the week last season after shutting out defending national champion North Carolina in the season opener.

South Carolina (4-0-1) returns to action next weekend when they travel to Auburn, Ala., for the Auburn Soccer Classic. The Gamecocks will take on Marquette (4-1-0) on Friday at 5:30 pm EST to open the tournament. They will then take on 2007 national runner-up No. 7 Florida State (4-1-0) Sunday at noon.