Thomas Ashworth, Sports Editor
On Sunday, the Gamecocks fell to the Samford Bulldogs soccer team in a 4-0 game.
The Gamecocks weren’t able to come up with much on offense, only earning two shots and one shot on goal, provided by sophomore Cynthia Bagozzi, an All-Ohio Valley Conference selection in the spring of 2021. Sophomore Briana Eads came up with the other shot for the Gamecocks.
“I thought we battled hard against an excellent side. They (Samford) are a very aggressive team and they were a step forward today. It was a good learning experience for us today. I give a lot of credit to our backline and the midfield, who put in a tremendous amount of work,” said head coach Neil Macdonald.
The Bulldogs took command early into the match, with a goal by Zoe Perinn at the 7:03 mark. They earned two goals in the first half, with a goal from Layla Brown at the 30:43 mark. In the first half alone, the Bulldogs posted ten shots opposed to two shots by the Gamecocks.
In the second half, however, the Gamecocks were quiet, putting up zero shots compared to Samford’s seven shots in the second half. Samford earned another two goals in the second half, after shots by both Audrey Kleiman and Grace Crawford of Samford.
“I think they (Samford) are a great program and they have already beaten two SEC schools this year. This will be a learning experience and we talked at halftime about the things we can learn from them to make ourselves better as a program,” said Macdonald.
The Gamecocks will return back to Jacksonville to take on the Belmont Bruins, their former OVC rival, on Thursday, Sept.16 at 7 p.m. The Gamecocks will then travel to Lynchburg, Virginia to play the Liberty Flames, their new ASUN rival.