Oct. 11, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The 13th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks scored a goal with just under five minutes remaining to secure a dramatic 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Alabama soccer team on Friday night.
With the win, the Gamecocks remain in second place in the Southeastern Conference with a 5-1 league mark (15 points) and improve to 12-1-1 on the season. The Crimson Tide slips to 5-8 on the year and 3-3 in the SEC (9 points).
Alabama started off strong and scored the game's first goal at the 23:46 mark against a defense that came into the contest having only allowed a league-low five goals on the year.
The Tide's goal was scored by junior Pia Rijsdijk off an assist from Molly Atherton. It was Rijsdijk's fifth goal in as many games, while Atherton collected her third assist of the season.
The lead would remain that way until the 60th minute when the Gamecocks evened things at 1-1 with a goal from Stevi Parker. South Carolina leading scorer Danielle Au would score the game-winning goal at the 85:15 mark to life the Gamecocks to their fifth-straight win.
Alabama goalkeeper Emily Rusk, who entered the game leading the SEC in saves per game (4.90), continued her stellar play with five stops on the night in the losing effort.
The Gamecocks outshot the Tide, 17-6, and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Crimson Tide will return to action next week when it hosts a pair of SEC games at the Alabama Soccer Complex. The Tide will first welcome Texas A&M to the Alabama Soccer Complex on Friday at 7 p.m. CT. Following that contest, Alabama will host Kentucky for a 1 p.m. CT match on Sunday.
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