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Senior Night SEC East Champs: South Carolina Nabs No. 2 Seed with 2-0 Shut Out Over Mizzou
Senior Night SEC East Champs: South Carolina Nabs No. 2 Seed with 2-0 Shut Out Over Mizzou
Women's Soccer  . 

Senior Night SEC East Champs: South Carolina Nabs No. 2 Seed with 2-0 Shut Out Over Mizzou

COLUMBIA, SC – No. 14 South Carolina women’s soccer (11-3-4) took down the Mizzou Tigers (5-8-4) on Thursday to claim the SEC East title and No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament to wrap up regular season play in Stone Stadium. Eight seniors were honored during a pre-game ceremony, recognizing Camryn Dixon, Samantha Chang, Heather Hinz, Jyllissa Harris, Abby Hugo, Riane Coman, Anne Frances Lorio, and Eveleen Hahn.

Breaking Down the Action 

Junior Catherine Barry got things started, taking a shot in the second minute of play but was met by a save from Mizzou keeper Bella Hollenbach. The Tigers answered back with a shot of their own 30 seconds later but overshot it up the top.  

It was a battle of possession for the entirety of the first half, with the Gamecocks taking a 7-5 shot advantage (three shots on goal for each side). South Carolina took five corners to the Tigers’ 0 but couldn’t capitalize. The teams headed into the locker room tied 0-0 at the half. 

Barry once again got the first shot off for the Gamecocks to start the second half, targeting the bottom of the net but resulting in a save from Hollenbach. In the 50th minute, a pass up the right from Corinna Zullo set up sophomore Payton Patrick to send it to the right corner of the net and put the Gamecocks up 1-0. The goal was her fourth of the season and the sixth of her career. 

Less than four minutes later, Claire Griffiths beamed it in from the far side of the box with her left foot and made contact with the upper left corner of the net to extend South Carolina’s lead by two.  The goal was her third of the season.

The Tigers would go on to make three more shots during the second half but were unable to score. The Gamecocks ended the night with an 11-8 shot advantage, took seven corners, and senior goalkeeper Heather Hinz tallied six saves. 

UP NEXT 

South Carolina will hit the road to compete in the 2022 SEC Women’s Soccer Championship in Pensacola, FL. The Gamecocks will take on the winner of the Sunday, Oct. 30th game Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Noon (CDT) on the SEC Network.