Gamecocks Men’s Soccer Drop Game to Clemson Tigers
Updated: Oct 4, 2020
Brianna Walton | @brixwalton
South Carolina men’s soccer continued their struggles on the season and against their in-state rivals Thursday night.
The Gamecocks lost their seventh consecutive match against the Clemson Tigers, 3-0. The team has now dropped two in a row.
Clemson started hot offensively with two goals in the first 16 minutes. Clemson Mohamad Seye shot a ball in the top left corner to score the first goal. Just a few moments later Gamecocks goalkeeper Justin Bauer fouled Tigers midfielder Callum Johnson giving him a penalty kick, which he fired just above the hands of Gamecocks goalkeeper to put Clemson ahead of South Carolina 2-0.
When play resumed in the second half, Seye wasted no time getting his second goal as he found the back of the net in 46th minute. South Carolina ramped up the aggression but could not produce a goal.
A corner kick by South Carolina bounced from head to head in the Tigers box, but the ball was kicked out of bounds by the Gamecocks. Despite the scoreless performance, the Gamecocks still felt like the offense was producing quality looks.
“We had it, if we put our chances away,” said sophomore Brian Banahan. “If we could play them again tomorrow, we would.”
With a talented but young squad, head coach Mark Berson is using the team’s struggles as opportunities to learn moving forward.
“We have a young team, very capable team,” said Head Coach Mark Berson.
“We take the lessons when we can.”
South Carolina will look to end their two-game losing streak when they hit the road for the first this season on Saturday night against Mercer.