COLUMBIA, SC – The Gamecocks No. 4 women’s soccer team (5-0-3) put in a brave effort against the NC State Wolfpack on Sunday, but ended the game empty-handed with their third draw of the season, 0-0.
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South Carolina got its first shot of the game from junior Catherine Barry in the fourth minute of the game, but it went wide of the left post, creating the Gamecocks’ first corner. Barry would then resume a second attempt at the ninth minute, heading left again.
The Gamecocks would see three more (one on target) and two more corners until a yellow card was given to freshman Micah Bryant in the 37th minute, her first of the season. . NC State followed suit just two minutes later after a foul and a ticket was awarded to Mia Vaughn. Wolfpack unleashed a shot in the inning, followed by a final effort in the first period of the Gamecocks’ fifth-year Claire Griffiths, but both teams entered the locker room 0-0.
The second half saw most of the action come from South Carolina, with the Gamecocks taking two shots in the first two minutes (both by Barry), until the third card of the game was awarded to Griffiths. At 55 minutes, an absolute heart-stopping effort from Lily Render almost put the Gamecocks on top until it bounced off the crossbar.
South Carolina took nine shots in the second half, with one shot on target, but failed to capitalize. NC State doubled their chances in the last 45 from the first with two shots, but a save by senior goalkeeper Heather Hinz kept them from ending the game in a draw.
The Gamecocks finished with a 16-3 advantage, taking seven corners and holding the ball 60% of the time.
South Carolina heads to Tuscaloosa, AL to open the SEC Conference game on Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m.