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Sept. 15, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C.Blakely Mattern from the South Carolina women’s soccer team has been named AgSouth Athlete of the Week.

Mattern had the strongest weekend of her career in scoring three goals for six points and leading the Carolina defense to another two shutouts to win the Carolina’s Cup. Mattern scored two goals in South Carolina’s 5-0 win at rival Clemson to lead the Gamecocks to their first win in program history at Riggs Field – a rivalry that spans back to the 1995 season. Mattern then hit the game-winning goal in the 56th minute against UNC Wilmington to lead the Gamecocks to their sixth straight shutout to open the season.

A Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate, Mattern now has four goals on the year and is tied for the second in the SEC with two game-winning goals out of her center back position. She was named the Carolina’s Cup Tournament MVP after leading the Gamecocks out of her center back position to two shutouts, giving the Gamecocks six consecutive to start the year.