No. 24 South Carolina Surges to 3-2 Victory over Winthrop
Aug. 18, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 24 South Carolina took control early with two first-half goals on its way to a 3-2 victory over Winthrop at Stone Stadium Thursday in its second exhibition contest of 2016.
Freshman Luca Mayr got the scoring started in the 13th minute off a feed from senior Kevin Walker, finding the far post from the right side. Twelve minutes later Koty Millard found the back of the net, also off a pass from Walker, to give the Gamecocks a 2-0 lead.
Senior Danny Deakin was next, launching a free kick just out of reach of the Eagle goaltender into the top left corner of the net to extend Carolina’s lead to 3-0 in the 60th minute.
The Eagles salvaged a pair of goals late in the second half, one each from junior forwards Rasmus Arousell and Kento Ito, to close the contest.
Head Coach Mark Berson:
“I thought for the first 60 minutes, it was electrifying. I thought we were really sharp, really fast, clicking on all cylinders, and sound defensively. When we made some changes, it kind of fell off a little bit. That’s disappointing, but that’s something that is easily correctible.”
Senior Kevin Walker fueled the Gamecocks early, assisting on both Gamecock goals in the first half.
Similar to Monday’s exhibition at No. 8 North Carolina, the Gamecocks rotated in 22 players in tonight’s contest.
- Senior goalkeeper Marco Velez got the start in goal tonight and posted a clean sheet in the first half.
- Twenty-two Gamecocks received time in Thursday’s match.
- Seniors Kevin Walker and Danny Deakin have recorded a point in each of Carolina’s first two preseason matches.
- Freshman Luca Mayr scored his first goal in the Garnet and Black.
Carolina travels to the College of Charleston for its final preseason tune-up on Sun., Aug. 21, at 7 p.m., before returning home to open the regular season against No. 3 Clemson on Fri., Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. A reminder that South Carolina Athletics’ new clear bag policy will be in effect for all home contests.
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