Sept. 24, 2008
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The South Carolina men’s soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss to intrastate rival Furman on Wednesday at Stone Stadium in Greenville. The Gamecocks fall to 4-3-1 with the loss, while Furman improves to 3-4-1. Sophomore striker Blake Brettschneider scored the lone goal for Carolina on an assist from freshman midfielder Danny Cates.
The Paladins held a slight 11-10 advantage in shots in the match, which proved physical with the teams combining for 49 fouls, including six yellow cards. Brettschneider and junior midfielder Jeff Scannella led Carolina with three shots each and several other Gamecocks contributed one in the match. Andrew Krysiak led Furman with four shots, while Dane Roberts and Warren Creavalle each tallied one goal.
Defensively, Gamecock netminder Jimmy Maurer collected three saves in net, while Paladin goalkeeper Josh Zimmer tallied five.
Brettschneider netted the first goal for either team in the contest, connecting on a long throw-in from Cates, heading the ball into the net for what proved to be a short-lived Carolina lead in the 14th minute. Furman answered just two minutes later, as Roberts sent a volley past Maurer to even the match at 1-1.
South Carolina held a 7-4 edge in shots during the second half, but was unable to find the back of the net. The match remained knotted at 1-1 until the 74-minute mark when Furman’s Creavalle tallied an unassisted goal from six yards out for the deciding 2-1 Paladin advantage.
South Carolina hosts Davidson on Saturday, Sept. 27, in its final non-conference match of the season. The match will start at 1 p.m. at Stone Stadium. All fans are invited to begin their Carolina football Saturday at the men’s soccer match and cheer on the Gamecock men’s soccer team.