Florida 1, USC Women 0
The second-ranked USC women's soccer suffered its first loss of the season, falling to No. 15 Florida 1-0 in the SEC Semifinals Friday afternoon at the Orange Beach Sports Complex.
The loss snapped a program-record 18-match winning streak for the Gamecocks, who will head into NCAA Tournament play at 18-1-1 on the season.
The only goal fo the match came in the 19th minute when Florida midfielder Mayra Pelayo curled in a shot from the right side that dinged off the crossbar. Gator striker Savannah Jordan took advantage of the rebound, heading the ball into the net past a leaping Gamecock defender Paige Bendell to put Florida up 1-0.
The Gamecocks ended the match with a 12-7 shot advantage and put three attempts on frame. Freshman goalkeeper Mikayla Krzeczowski totaled four saves for Carolina, which tallied seven corner kicks for the contest.
Carolina will find out it's where it will be seeded in the NCAA Tournament when the Selection Show announces the brackets Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
USC Men 2, Kentucky 1
The USC men's soccer team pulled off a top 15 upset Friday on Senior Night - knocking off 12th-ranked Kentucky 2-1.
Carolina improves to 10-6-1 overall, 5-2-1 in Conference USA, and moves into the number two seed for the conference tournament,.
Sophomore Andre Streete scored the go-ahead game-winning goal in the 86th minute after heading in a corner kick by senior Danny Deakin.
The first half was high-paced as each team had several chances to put the ball in the back of the net. Bjorn Gudjonsson scored in the 44th minute after sneaking a left footed shot past Kentucky’s Stuart Ford to the far post.
Gudjonsson is now tied with Deakin for the team lead in goals with seven. He’s second on the team in points with 15 (7G, 1A).
The Wildcats evened the score early in the second half on a penalty kick goal by Jordan Wilson in the 50th minute. The PK was setup after a handball was called on the Gamecocks in the box.
Early in the 86th minute, senior Kurtis Turner booted a shot at the goal that was blocked. Streete then sent his rebound shot high over the net setting up a corner kick by Deakin. Streete redeemed himself and headed in the game-winner for his first career goal on the textbook left-footed bender by Deakin.
The win was South Carolina’s second over a ranked opponent this season, the first coming back on Sept. 20 after the Gamecocks knocked off No. 18 Furman 3-0 on the road.