Men’s Soccer Wraps Up Home Schedule Friday with Senior Night
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina men’s soccer team wraps up its home schedule when the Gamecocks host their Senior Night against in-state rival Coastal Carolina October 27 at 7 p.m. Prior to the match, Carolina will honor its seven seniors: Peter Clement, Will Crain, Kasper Lehm, Laurits Lillemose, Adam Luckhurst, Jaiden Ramsay Kelly, and Brant Zulauf.
The game will also be Camper Reunion night and Military Appreciation night. All military personnel and families can claim their free tickets using this link. Additionally, the concession stand will be selling $1 hot dogs and there will be a postgame autograph session with the team on the concourse.
Gameday Information – #WEareCarolina
When: October 27 | 7 p.m.
Where: Columbia, S.C.
Venue: Stone Stadium (5,700)
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Series History: Coastal Carolina leads 10-3-2
Last Meeting: South Carolina 1, Coastal Carolina 1 | Oct 14, 2022 | Conway, S.C.
South Carolina Gamecocks 4-7-3, 2-3-2 Sun Belt
Coach: Tony Annan | 3rd Season – 14-24-9
Goal Leader: 6 | Adam Luckhurst
Assist Leader: 3 | Mika Habel
Points Leader: 12 | Adam Luckhurst
Shots Leader: 26 | Ethan Dekel Daks
Saves Leader: 51 | Ben Alexander
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 3-7-3, 1-4-2 Sun Belt
Coach: Shaun Docking | 26th Season
Goal Leader: 3 | Deryn Armstrong
Assist Leader: 2 | Three tied
Points Leader: 8 | Deryn Armstrong
Shots Leader: 12 | Deryn Armstrong and Doug Hainer
Saves Leader: 46 | Kilian Vallant
Taking the Pitch
- This will be the 16th meeting between the Gamecocks and Chanticleers.
- South Carolina is 3-5 all-time in Columbia.
- Carolina’s last victory came on Nov. 7, 2015 in Columbia.
- The first meeting took place on Sept. 26, 1978 in Columbia.
- The Gamecocks won that match 13-2. It remains a program record for goals in a game.
- The Chanticleers have out-scored the Gamecocks 32-27 in the series.
- South Carolina leads the nation in both cumulative and average attendance (4,364)
- Carolina has hosted three of the top seven highest attended on-campus NCAA men’s soccer home matches this season (#5 – Old Dominion, #6 – Jacksonville, #7 – UNCW).
- They also claim eight of the top 20 spots in highest attended home matches (#10 – Georgia State, #12 – USC Upstate, #13 – Queens, #14 – West Virginia, #20 – UCF), along with their road match at Clemson ranking as #11.
- Only Clemson, Creighton and North Carolina have two matches in the top-20.
- South Carolina is the only program in the nation to have all of its home matches (9) rank in the top-50 for attendance.
- Jack Burgess scored his first goal as a Gamecock against UCF (10/22)
- Jordan Illian scored his first collegiate goal against Georgia Southern (10/18).
- Ethan Dekel Daks’ goal vs Old Dominion with five seconds left was the latest goal in regulation since Tucker Monheimer with one second left vs Jacksonville on 10/23/2019.
- For his efforts, Dekel Daks was named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week.
- The Gamecocks held Georgia State to one shot on goal. It was the first time since 2014 (also against GSU), that they’ve held a team to 1 SOG or less.
- South Carolina defeated No. 24 Kentucky for the first time since 2016 and the first time in Lexington since 2012.
- It was their first win over a ranked opponent since 2019.
- Ben Alexander was named the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week.
- He was the first Gamecock to win a Sun Belt POW award and the first defensive player to earn any POW honor since 2017.
- The Gamecocks tallied four goals in the match against Queens, their first four-goal match since scoring four against Winthrop on Sept. 9, 2022.
- Carolina also earned five assists in the match, the first time they finished with five in a match since Sept. 5, 2006, against Centenary.
- This is the 45th season of South Carolina men’s soccer.
- The Gamecocks have an all-time record of 525-285-85.
- South Carolina finished the regular season last year leading the nation in average attendance with 2,839 fans per game.
- The Gamecocks begin their second season in the Sun Belt Conference.
- Carolina was picked to finish fifth in the conference by the coaches.
- Peter Clement and Adam Luckhurst will serve as team captains for the season.
- The roster features 10 newcomers; five transfers and five true freshmen.
- They return eight starters from a season ago, including four starters in the defensive end.