Gamecocks Earn Shutout Over Jacksonville
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Adam Luckhurst’s goal in the 18th minute was enough for the South Carolina men’s soccer team (3-5-2) to take down the Jacksonville Dolphins (2-6-3) 1-0 Tuesday night (Oct. 3) at Stone Stadium. The game served as a Pink Out event for Carolina where they honored a breast cancer survivor at halftime.
The Gamecocks held a 7-to-5 advantage in shots on goals while both sides attempted 10 total shots. The Dolphins held a 10-to-2 advantage in corner kicks.
South Carolina was quick on the attack at the start of the match as Mika Habel put two shots on goal in the first seven minutes. Luckhurst nearly scored in the 10th minute, before finding the back of the net in the 18th.
Carolina used a couple of clean passes to get a breakaway for Luckhurst. Junior Saint Juste played a long ball up the right sideline to Luckhurst. He played a quick pass to Martin Yahia, who made a fantastic back heel pass back to a sprinting Luckhurst. He made a long run and beat the Dolphin goalkeeper one-on-one to the far post. The goal was his fourth of the season.
The Gamecocks out-shot Jacksonville 9-to-5 in the first half before going into a defensive mindset in the second half. Four of the Dolphins five shots on goal came in the second half, but the Carolina defense held strong and did not concede the equalizer.
Brant Zulauf made his first start as a Gamecock in goal, earning his first shutout while making five saves.
South Carolina continues its homestand when it takes on Old Dominion in a Sun Belt Contest Saturday (Oct. 7) at 7 p.m.