COLUMBIA, SC - Two first-half goals by senior midfielder Chelsea Drennan led the 14th-ranked USC women's soccer team to a 3-0 win over UNCG in its non-conference finale Thursday night at Stone Stadium.
The victory kept the Gamecocks (7-0-1) unbeaten and pushed their winning streak to seven matches, while the Spartans fell to 3-5-1 on the year.
Each of the game’s three goals came in the first half for the Gamecocks, who moved to 4-1-0 all-time against the Spartans with the win. Junior midfielder Dominique Babbitt opened the scoring in the 12th minute after senior forward Sophie Groff sent a shot into the box. Her ball in deflected off a Spartan defender and fell to the feet of Babbitt, who buried a shot into the back of the net from the top of the box. The goal marked the first of the season for Babbitt and her second overall.
In the 26th minute, Carolina doubled its lead with the first of two goals involving Kurtz and Drennan. Kurtz’s throw into the top right corner of the box found Drennan, who used her head to flick the ball into the left side of the net past UNCG goalkeeper Chloe Buehler. The pair hooked up for an identical scoring play in the 37th minute, as Drennan again connected on a pass from Kurtz and sent a header past Buehler. Her two scores on Thursday gave Drennan four goals in 2016, the most the midfielder has tallied in a season.
USC will be at Auburn Sunday for the first of 10 straight SEC matches. Carolina is currently 1-0 in the league.