South Carolina Gamecocks Drop Opening Exhibition to USC Upstate 2-1

Jeffrey Torda scores the only South Carolina goal in the first scrimmage of the fall

COLUMBIA, SC August 16, 2014 – In their fourth day of training, South Carolina hosted USC Upstate for an exhibition, and the Spartans claimed a 2-1 win on a steamy Saturday evening at Stone Stadium.

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The Spartans tallied goals in the first and third of the three 30-minute periods played, with Taylor Scalera putting in the first goal in the 10th minute and Rinaldi Alphonse the game-winner in the 78th minute. Gamecock Jeffrey Torda tallied the lone Gamecock goal two minutes into the third period with a blast from just outside the 18-yard box.

South Carolina played through most of its roster, mixing and matching starters and reserves at different points to get everyone acclimated. Asa Kryst played mostly in the first and third period and had three shots, leading all players.

A couple of missed opportunities cost the Gamecocks, with open chances missing wide during the contest.

The Gamecocks play their second of three exhibitions and their final one at home against Elon at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Stone Stadium.