Sept. 15, 2004
COLUMBIA, SC–Sarah Lentz and Amanda Thurber both scored goals in South Carolina’s 2-0 win over 10th-ranked Clemson in a women’s intercollegiate soccer match at Columbia, SC Wednesday night.
South Carolina improves to 5-3 overall, while Clemson loses its second match in a row and now has a 5-2 mark this season. Clemson is ranked 10th by both Soccer America and the NSCAA.
This is the first time South Carolina has defeated Clemson since the 1996 season, and only the second time the Gamecocks has won over Clemson in the 10 meetings between the two schools.
South Carolina scored first at the 10:21 mark. Sarah Lentz scored her second goal of the season with assists by Kimmy Gillespie and Ashley Kirk. Off a corner kick, Kirk served the ball to Gillespie who headed the ball forward to Lentz. Lentz scored from close range with a shot just inside the right post.
Lexi Randazzo fed the ball to Amanda Thurber. This created a one-one-one situation with Clemson goalkeeper Lauren Johnston. Thurber fired a 14-yard shot into the right corner of the net for her second goal of the year.
“This game went the way I thought,” said Clemson Head Coach Todd Bramble. “I told the team before the match to be wary of set pieces and counter attacking. South Carolina scored a goal off of a corner kick and at the end of the game, they scored on a counter attack. I thought we could control the tempo. We kept pounding and pounding, but could not score. I disappointed in the result, but not in the way we played. We could not attack in the middle, so we attacked in the flanks. We have another tough test with Florida State coming up Friday night. We have to move on to the next match and learn our lessons from the last two matches. We do not want one loss to lead to another loss.” Clemson will play at Florida State Friday night in the Lady Tigers’ next action.
South Carolina–Sarah Lentz (Kimmy Gillespie and Ashley Kirk) 10:21
South Carolina–Amanda Thurber (Lexi Randazzo) 83:20
Shots: Clemson 13, South Carolina 10
Corner Kicks: Clemson 14, South Carolina 6
Saves: Lauren Johnston (CU) 2, Laura Armstrong (USC) 3
Fouls: Clemson 13, South Carolina 13
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