South Carolina begins its regular season on Friday at home against Belmont
GREENVILLE, SC August 23, 2014 – The South Carolina men’s soccer team came away with a 2-2 draw at Furman on Saturday night, the final exhibition match of 2014 for the Gamecocks.
“Our team showed a lot of character tonight,” said Gamecock head men’s soccer coach Mark Berson, “coming from behind twice on the road against a good opponent. Again, we gave up a penalty, and we need to stop making mistakes that are costly for us. But the attacking power that we showed in the second half and the fight was exceptional. Overall, there is a lot for us to build from going into Friday night’s opener.”
The final goal for the Gamecocks came late in the second, as Asa Kryst’s shot deflected off a Paladin defender and into the goal to knot the match at 2-2. South Carolina pressed the final two minutes with the newfound momentum but could not score a game-winner.
Furman took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when Evan De Ycaza put in a rebound from a corner kick from 24 yards away. That score stood at the end of the first half.
In the second, Gamecock Kurtis Turner leveled the contest with his shot to the lower left corner of the goal after he settled an attempted Furman clearance. But the Paladins answered less than a minute later, pushing forward and forcing a penalty kick, which Marco Ortiz converted.
South Carolina begins its 2014 season officially on Friday, August 29 against Belmont in the first matchup between the two programs. Kickoff for the third match of Friday (the women host the Garnet & Black Classic with the first two matches) at Stone Stadium is slated for 8:30 p.m.