USC Beats Georgia Southern 4-2
COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) — South Carolina (2-0) kept its record perfect in the young 2015 season with a 4-2 victory over Georgia Southern on Monday evening at Stone Stadium. The Gamecocks answered twice to each Eagle goal, with both scores from the visitors coming in the first five minutes of the halves. Chris MacMurray scored on a header after Georgia Southern‘s fourth-minute corner kick. South Carolina responded with junior Koty Millard‘s 19th-minute tally, as he took the long cross and put it past the Eagle keeper from 10 yards out. Four minutes later, junior Danny Deakin sent one into the left side of the netting from the right wing at the top of the 18 to give South Carolina the 2-1 lead. Freshman center backs Ben Davidson and Torgeir Nyboe assisted on the goals, Davidson on the first and Nyboe the second. The second half scoring started on the Eagles‘ Alfonso Ochoa‘s 50th-minute strike, as he tapped in the cross from Nick Wells. South Carolina senior Jeffrey Torda tallied a world-class goal in the 62nd, taking the long free kick from classmate Ryan Arambula and using a scissor kick to put it into the nets for the eventual game winner. Senior Kevin Walker added the final goal in the 85th minute, driving most of the field and slotting one across the goal mouth just inside the far post for his first Gamecock score. Game Changer: Torda‘s leaping kick and goal put the Gamecocks on top for good. Notables: “¢ Attendance at the match was 3,735, not far outside the top 10 in Stone Stadium history for a men‘s soccer match. “¢ Four Gamecocks played the entire 90 minutes, goalkeeper Marco Velez, Deakin, Davidson and Nyboe. “¢ Torda led South Carolina with three shots, two coming on goal. “¢ Millard also had two shots, both on goal. “¢ Thor Sveinbjornsson had three shots for the Eagles, while goal scorers MacMurray and Ochoa had two each. Quotable: Head coach Mark Berson The good news is we knocked in four. We had some very nice attacking moments, and that was the good news. The bad news is we continue to be not as organized or tight as we need to be defensively. We‘re just erratic in that area. We need to get a lot sharper. That‘s just what we have to work on moving forward. Up Next: South Carolina travels north on Friday to take on archrival Clemson at 7:30 p.m. at historic Riggs Field.