Gamecocks Travel To No. 20 Kentucky On Sunday
Oct. 6, 2017
Men’s Soccer at No. 20 Kentucky
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina (4-6-1, 0-2-1 C-USA) travels to No. 20 Kentucky (6-2-2, 3-1-0 C-USA) on Sunday looking for its first win in Conference USA play. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. ET and the game will be televised by SEC Network+ and WatchESPN.
The teams have split their last four matches in the all-time series, and every game decided by just one goal. The Gamecocks beat the then No. 12 Wildcats last season on Senior Night when Andre Streete headed in the game-winner in the 86th minute off a corner kick by Danny Deakin.
Carolina has supported Ovarian Cancer Awareness all month long in September both at home and on the road by wearing teal warmup shirts for their matches. In addition to the shirts, the Gamecock coaching staff and support staff have been wearing teal polo shirts on the sidelines at every game.
The team’s hope is to promote awareness for this cancer and encourage women to get regular check ups. Contact your local ovarian cancer support group for more information at 888-682-7426 or visit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s website by clicking here. Remember, NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE!
The teal warmup shirts worn by the team are on sale at the Russell House Bookstore, the game day store and online by clicking here.
FROM THE COACH
“This is the meat of our schedule. We have two big games coming up – really important for us in conference play against two really good teams that are nationally ranked. Clearly big tests for us, but I think our group is ready. We just have to look at it one match at a time.” — head coach Mark Berson
SCOUTING NO. 20 KENTUCKY
The Wildcats have made three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and are well on their way to their fourth consecutive trip with a No. 20 national ranking thanks to a 6-2-2 start and a 3-1-0 record in C-USA play. UK’s defense is one of the best in the nation allowing just seven goals in 10 games. Their team goals against average of 0.653 ranks 15th in the country. Enrique Facusse has started all 10 of the team’s matches posting five shutouts and 30 saves (.811 save percentage). His five shutouts rank 15th nationally and his goals against average of 0.653 is 17th. The Wildcats have scored 13 goals thanks to a well-balanced attack. Eight different players have scored. Stefan Stojkovic’s three goals lead the team. JJ Williams and Mikkel Pedersen each have scored twice. Williams leads the team in points with seven (2G, 3A). UK has split their last two matches with a 4-0 win vs. FAU (Sept. 24) and a 2-0 loss at Old Dominion (Sept. 30).
South Carolina has no midweek game for just the second time in the 2017 season. The Gamecocks will have a week to prepare for their next match at home versus another nationally ranked conference foe in No. 17 FIU (5-0-3, 2-0-1 C-USA) on Saturday, Oct. 14. It’s Heroes Night Out at Stone Stadium. All military members and their families will receive free admission to the game.