South Carolina men’s soccer team dropped its second game in a row on Thursday 3-0 to rival Clemson. This was the Gamecocks' seventh loss in a row to the Tigers. If head coach Mark Berson has his 516th career win, he would be tied for third all-time in wins for NCAA soccer.
The Gamecocks fell behind early when sophomore forward Mohamed Seye scored a goal in the 13th minute off a cross into the box. About two minutes later, senior midfielder Callum Johnson padded upon that lead with a penalty kick goal, making it 2-0 Tigers. That would set the precedent for the rest of the game.
“Unfortunate to give up a penalty, which put us a little behind the 8-ball,” Berson said postgame.
Right after the goal, sophomore forward Brian Banahan squeezed past the defenders but hit his shot off the goalie’s left shoulder. This was one of the three shots on goal for the Gamecocks on Thursday, as the Tigers outshot them, 26-8.
Banahan said he didn’t think the game was that much out of reach for South Carolina at the time.
“I thought the game was fairly even. I thought we weren’t at them as much as they were at us," Banahan said. "I don’t think the scoreline was really a good representative of how the game really went.”
Out of the break, Seye hit his second goal of the night, pushing the Tigers' lead out to 3-0. He was just short of the hattrick in the 75th minute.
South Carolina will play its second-to-last fall game next Saturday at Mercer. Kick off is at 6 p.m., and the game will be streamed on ESPN+.