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Gamecocks and Tigers Set for Friday Night Showdown at Stone Stadium
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Gamecocks and Tigers Set for Friday Night Showdown at Stone Stadium

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina men’s soccer team hosts rival Clemson for its home opener Friday, September 2 at 7 p.m. Prior to the match, the Gamecocks will host a Block Party in the Athletics Village Courtyard from 5-7 p.m. The Block Party is a free event. Gamecock fans will enjoy food trucks from Pelican’s SnoBalls, Phantom Chicken, and Haute Dog Lady, as well as lawn games and inflatables. The first 200 students who attend the block party each night will receive a t-shirt courtesy of the South Carolina Education Lottery.

Gameday Information – Palmetto Series
When: September 2 | 7 p.m.
Where: Columbia, S.C.
Venue: Stone Stadium (5,700)
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Live Video: ESPN+
Series History: Clemson leads 32-17-1
Last Meeting: Clemson 5, South Carolina 0 | September 3, 2021 | Clemson, S.C.

South Carolina Gamecocks 0-1-1, 0-0 SBC
Coach: Tony Annan | 2nd Season – 5-10-3
Goal Leader: 1 | Three tied
Assist Leader: 1 | Four Tied
Points Leader: 2 | Three Tied
Shots Leader: 3 | Rocky Perez and Peter Clement
Saves Leader: 12 | Ben Alexander

Clemson Tigers 2-0, 0-0 ACC
Coach: Mike Noonan | 13th Season
Goal Leader: 2 | Ousmane Sylla
Assist Leader: 2 | Mohamed Seye
Points Leader: 5 | Ousmane Sylla
Shots Leader: 7 | Ousmane Sylla and Mohamed Seye
Saves Leader: 4 | Trevor Manion

Taking the Pitch

  • This is the 52nd meeting between the Gamecocks and Tigers.
  • The two programs have met every season since Carolina began a men’s soccer program in 1978.
  • At home, the Gamecocks are 9-14-1 against the team from the upstate.
  • The Gamecocks have dropped the last eight meetings.
  • Their last victory in the Palmetto Series came eight years ago to the day, a 2-1 double-overtime victory at Stone Stadium in 2014.
  • There has only been one tie in the series, a 0-0 draw at Stone Stadium on Oct. 8, 2000.
  • All-time, the Gamecocks are 36-7-1 in home openers.
  • The last time they drop back-to-back season openers at home, was 1995 and 96.
  • Since 1997, they are 20-5 in home openers.
  • The Gamecocks are 0-3-1 all-time against the #1 ranked team.
  • It is the second time they’ve hosted the #1 team at Stone Stadium (Wake Forest, 10/16/18)

Quick notes

  • Rocky Perez and Bryce Griffith were named to the Wolstein Classic All-Tournament Team.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Ben Alexander was named to the Canadian U-20 team, where he started three matches during the 2022 Concacaf Men’s U-20 Championship.
  • The roster features 17 newcomers; five transfers and 12 true freshmen.
  • The team returns 10 players from the 2021 squad, including All-Conference performers Peter Clement, Logan Frost, and Harrison Myring.

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