Women's Soccer Remains Undefeated with 3-0 Shut Out Over Furman
COLUMBIA, SC – The No. 4 women’s soccer team remains undefeated after a victory over Furman 3-0 on Sunday, marking the fifth shut out of the season for South Carolina. Fans saw four fresh faces in the starting lineup over the Paladins, with two freshmen making appearances as starters including Micah Bryant and Lily Render.
Breaking Down the Action
South Carolina began the half with a shot 50 seconds in by senior Catherine Barry, coming just off the right side to set up the Gamecocks for the first corner of the game. Furman responded with a shot of their own only to be met with a save by senior goalkeeper Heather Hinz.
The Gamecocks would go on to take nine more shots (six on goal) compared the Paladins’ one throughout the first 45 but came out scoreless heading into the second half.
South Carolina opened the second period with an attacking mindset, making seven attempts in the first eight minutes. In the 57th minute of play a header by Cat Barry off a corner kick in front of the net allowed 5th year Jyllissa Harris to capitalize and score the first goal of the game for the Gamecocks. The goal was her first of the season and the 15th of her career.
Less than one minute later, a wide-open Barry saw an opening behind Furman goalkeeper Addison Corn and punched in the second goal for South Carolina to put the Gamecocks up 2-0. Barry’s goal was her second of the season and 16th overall.
Furman’s defense would go on to put up a fight for the next 30 minutes, until freshman Shae O’Rourke took advantage of a deflected ball off an attempted save by Corn to put it in the back of the net and extend the lead to 3-0, where the Gamecocks remained.
South Carolina finished the game with a 26-3 shot advantage and took a total of 10 corners. Hinz recorded two saves on the day.
The Gamecocks will hit the road and travel to Blacksburg, VA to take on Virginia Tech on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6:00 p.m.