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Sept. 18, 2010

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By Miquel Jacobs
Media Relations Assistant

#20 South Carolina at #22 Wake Forest | Sunday, 1 p.m.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 20 South Carolina travels to No. 22 Wake Forest in a Sunday afternoon match at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. The 1 p.m. game will serve as a rematch of sorts for the two teams that played in the NCAA Round of 16 last season in Columbia, a match that the Demon Deacons won 1-0 courtesy of a last-second goal at the 89:59 mark.

South Carolina opens conference play on the road with a trip to Vanderbilt and Kentucky slated. The Gamecocks and Commodores will meet Friday night at 7 p.m. before the team takes on the Wildcats Sunday at 2 p.m.

South Carolina concludes the non-conference schedule with their second ranked opponent of the week when the team plays No. 22 Wake Forest at 1 p.m. at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Gamecocks and Demon Deacons met in last year’s NCAA Round of 16 match with Wake Forest claiming the 1-0 victory off a literal last-second header for a goal at 89:59.

Wake Forest came back to defeat High Point Friday night and are coming off a disappointing overtime loss to Villanova, 3-2. The Demon Deacons have played two other SEC teams so far this season, earning a 3-1 victory against LSU and a 2-0 win against Kentucky. Coach Tony da Luz’s young team is averaging 2.5 goals a game and are led by a pair of stellar freshmen in Rachel Nuzzolese (6g, 4a, 16p) and Katie Stengel (7g, 1a, 15p). Senior goalkeeper Amanda Barasha has played once this season while recovering from a preseason injury, but freshman Aubrey Bledsoe has performed well with a 1.12 GAA and two shutouts.

Junior Kayla Grimsley, an All-American candidate at forward, has been called upon to play many roles for the youthful Gamecocks in 2010, Already one of the most prolific scorers in Gamecock history, Grimsley has added to her M.O. as a distributionist as well. With five assists already on the season – three coming on game-winning goals – Grimsley moves to No. 2 on the South Carolina all-time list with 18 in her career, behind the 24 put up by Mindy Sanders from 1996-99. Already in the Carolina top three in nearly every offensive category (including goals, assists and points), Grimsley entered the season with the freshman (6) and sophomore (7) records for single-season assists. She needs just one more to also set the junior record.

Senior forward Brooke Jacobs notched her first goal of the season against Minnesota Sunday, ending a scoreless streak of eight games dating back to last season. Jacobs, a prolific scorer with a strong finishing touch, has been a dominating force in postseason games for Carolina and is the school’s all-time leader for goals in NCAA games.