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Oct. 28, 2008

South Carolina vs. UAB | 7 p.m.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina men’s soccer team is set to host UAB on Wednesday in a Conference USA match beginning at 7 p.m. at Stone Stadium. Carolina enters the match with a 7-5-2 overall record, including a 2-2-1 mark in league action, while UAB holds a 5-8-2 overall record with a 1-4-0 mark in C-USA play. South Carolina owns a 5-1-1 all-time record against UAB, including a 1-1-0 mark in the friendly confines of Stone Stadium. The Gamecocks have won three of the last four meetings between the two schools.

• South Carolina snapped a three-game winless streak with a 1-0 victory against Marshall last Saturday.
• Sam Arthur tallied his 11th goal of the season against Marshall. He is South Carolina’s first single-season double-digit goal scorer since Jordan Quinn recorded 13 goals during the 2001 campaign.
• Goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer collected his seventh shutout in Carolina’s 1-0 victory against Marshall.

UAB most recently snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over SIU-Edwardsville, however, the Blazers have lost four consecutive Conference USA contests. Two-Boys Gumede leads the squad with four goals and two assists for a total of 10 points, while goalkeeper Wes Johnson has played the majority of time in net for the Blazers where he owns a 1.10 goals against average.

South Carolina ranks fifth in the conference standings with a total of seven points on the year. Tulsa leads the pack with 18 points, having not lost a C-USA contest all season, followed by Kentucky with 15 points. Memphis and UCF are tied with nine points, followed by the Gamecocks, SMU, Marshall, UAB and FIU.

South Carolina looks for its eighth win of the season on Wednesday against UAB. The Gamecocks have won at least eight games in every season since awarded varsity status in 1978. The Gamecocks have won only eight games twice (1983, 1996) and won a program-best 20 games during the 1985 campaign.

South Carolina goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer is the centerpiece of the Gamecock defense. The Gamecocks rank tied for 25th in the nation with a 0.50 shutout percentage – meaning, Carolina has a shutout in one out of every two games.