ALABAMA SOCCER FALLS TO SOUTH CAROLINA DESPITE 2 GOAL LEAD

Alabama soccer fell to No. 8 South Carolina 5-2 Thursday night at the Alabama Soccer Stadium.

The Crimson Tide started fast with a goal from freshman Reyna Reyes, then again from junior Casey Wertz in the 22nd minute. Despite playing well early, the Gamecocks rallied and never looked back.

South Carolina responded, scoring two goals. Ryan Gareis knocked one in during the 23rd minute and Jyllissa Harris scored again in the 41st. In the second half, the Gamecocks scored three goals with Luciana Zullo in the 48th minute, Elexa Bahr in the 52nd and Camryn Dixon in the 72nd.

“They’re No. 8 for a reason,” said head coach Wes Hart in a press release. “I’ll be surprised if they don’t keep climbing higher and higher. We knew that they were a team that could stretch out and get a nice big shape. We knew we were going to be doing a lot of defending tonight.”

The Gamecocks outshot the Crimson Tide 19-8, with Wertz leading the team with two shots taken. Alabama recorded seven more corner kicks (11-4) than South Carolina and junior goalkeeper Alex Plavin had six saves during the match.

Alabama will play Tennessee Sunday, Sept. 29 at noon at the Regal Soccer Stadium.

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