No. 17 Gamecocks Take Down Georgia In Home Finale
COLUMBIA, S.C. – An offensive explosion propelled the No. 17 South Carolina women’s soccer team (11-1-5, 5-0-4) to a 4-0 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs (8-4-4, 4-3-2) Sunday, Oct. 22 in the home finale at Stone Stadium.
Offense came early and often for the Gamecocks, scoring two goals in the first 45 minutes. It took sophomore defender Gracie Falla just four minutes to find the back of the net after she headed a ball in off a Megan Spiehs corner kick. Just 11 minutes later Senior midfielder Brianna Behm scored her first goal of the season off a Cat Barry assist putting Carolina up 2-0.
The offense continued to fire on all cylinders in the second half as the Gamecocks were able to generate two more goals. In the 50th minute junior midfielder Lily Render was on the attack and fired a ball that deflected off a Georgia defender into the back of the net putting Carolina up 3-0. In the 73rd minute, senior forward Cat Barry added to her productive day scoring her ninth goal of the season off an assist from Rylee Forster.
Fifth-year goalkeeper Heather Hinz was outstanding for South Carolina, saving three shots all in the second half. She collected the 30th shutout of her career placing her in solo third for all-time career shutouts in Gamecock history. The Gamecock back line of Hallie Meadows, Gracie Falla and Cam Dixon allowed just three shots on goal for Georgia the entire game.
- Gracie Falla has now scored in two consecutive games for Carolina dating back to Thursday’s game against Texas A&M in College Station. It marks the second goal of her career and the second consecutive game-winner for Falla
- Heather Hinz collected the 30th shutout of her career. She now ranks solo third for career shutouts in the Carolina record books.
- The four goals are the most for South Carolina in a conference game this season. The Gamecocks scored three dating back to their SEC opener on Sept. 15 against Vanderbilt.
- Cat Barry tallied a goal and an assist on the day for Carolina. She leads the team in both categories with nine goals and five assists on the year.
South Carolina (11-1-5, 5-0-4) wraps up regular season play on the road against Florida (6-5-5, 2-4-3) Thursday, Oct. 26 in Gainesville. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET and will be live on SEC Network+. Fans are encouraged to keep up with in-game updates on Twitter and Instagram, @GamecockWSoccer.