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Gamecocks hold top-ranked FSU to a tie in season opener

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COLUMBIA, SC – After 90 minutes of action in Stone Stadium, No. 12 South Carolina and No. 1 Florida State ended things in a draw in front of a crowd if nearly 5,000. The tie marks the first against a No. 1 ranked team in program history.

The Seminoles got things started early, with two shots coming from Jenna Nighswonger in the ninth and 10th minute of play, each of which contributing to Flordia State’s seven corners within the game. The Gamecocks answered back with their first shot of the game at the 28th minute from Cat Barry, followed by another within the minute from freshman Shae O’Rourke that was stopped by goalkeeper Cristina Roque. Florida State took four more chances, but the teams remained scoreless through the first half.

In the second half, senior Camryn Dixon started off the action with for the Gamecocks with a shot out top in the 47th minute. The Seminoles then threatened with a series of 10 shots throughout the half (three on goal), but three saves from Gamecocks goalkeeper Heather Hinz kept things even. Hinz was dominant in front of the net, racking up six saves on the night, double her opponent.

Four additional freshmen saw time on the pitch, with Dru Drake, Shay Montgomery, and Micah Bryant each making appearances, including a start from Gracie Falla.

The No. 1 Seminoles finished with an 18-7 shot advantage, and possessed the ball for 71 percent of the game.


The No. 12 Gamecocks will take on East Carolina University at home on Sunday, August 21st at 2:00PM in Stone Stadium.

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