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Oct. 4, 2014

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Coach Berson

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina (5-5, 0-2 C-USA) dropped a 3-0 contest to No. 10/16 Charlotte (8-1, 2-0 C-USA) on Saturday night at Stone Stadium.

After a tightly contested first half, Charlotte came out crisper in the second half, getting a shot on goal in the 48th off an indirect kick before scoring four minutes later on a direct chance. Matej Dekovic sent the free kick from 29 yards out past the Gamecock defense for the icebreaker.

The 49ers added two more goals in the contest, first by Kyle Parker, who finished off a well-played run in the 74th minute from 15 yards. Five minutes later, Zhuvonte Wilson, who assisted on Parker’s score along with Brandt Bronico, drove down the right side and into the box before slotting the ball into the net for the third Charlotte goal.

The Gamecocks took seven shots in the contest, with four stopped by 49er goalkeeper Austin Pack. Two came in the 53rd minute, as redshirt freshman Mikkel Knudsen and Kurtis Turner both had shots snagged by Pack in a 30-second span. After Charlotte’s second goal, junior Ryan Arambula blasted a direct kick that nearly caught Pack off guard, but he punched away the shot from 22 yards out fired from the left wing.

South Carolina stopped another Charlotte chance in the 65th when senior Braeden Troyer sent away Bronico’s shot from inside the six after Bronico worked himself behind the Gamecock goalkeeper.

Game Changer:
After both teams played more possession in the first half, Charlotte came out in the second half with better organization to get through the Gamecocks’ defense.

Key Stat:
Wilson helped create one goal before scoring another in just 24 minutes of play off the Charlotte bench.


  • Charlotte held a lead in shots (9-7) and shots on goal (6-4). The teams tied with four corner kicks each.
  • The 49ers have one seven straight, all with multiple goals.

Up Next:
The Gamecocks hit the road for the first time in 2014 Conference USA play, taking on Florida International on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in Miami.