Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina women's soccer extended its non-conference home winning streak to 19 games on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Coastal Carolina. Ryan Gareis notched the game-winning goal, and Jyllissa Harris and Lauren Chang also scored to help Carolina to a season-high three goals.
"I thought it was a well-played game;we saw a lot of different people play tonight," South Carolina head coach Shelley Smith said after the game. "I'm glad we put the ball in dangerous areas;we had some great opportunities. It could have been more. We missed on a few chances, but we stayed with it and put ourselves in good positions all night."
The Gamecocks notched two first-half goals for the first time this season when Gareis and Harris scored just 1:14 apart.
Gareis quickly found an opportunity just 10 minutes after stepping on to the field. Her first goal of the 2018 season came in the 42nd minute after a perfect through ball from Selma Sol Magnusdottir.
Moments later, the Gamecocks were awarded a free kick, which Magnusdottir took. The freshman put the service near the middle of the box where Bianca Galassini put a touch on the ball that eventually found Harris' foot. Harris struck the ball well and found the back of the net for her third goal of the season, and second of the weekend.
Later, in the second half, younger Gamecocks had opportunities to play. Sutton Jones and Gina Giovinco each notched their first career assists when Chang scored her third goal of the season.
Defensively, the Gamecocks simply dominated. They held Coastal Carolina to just two shots in the match, none of which were on goal. Offensively, South Carolina put up 12 shots in the first half and nearly matched it in the second half with 11 for a whopping 23, including nine on goal.
"It really is a special place here [Stone Stadium]," Smith said. "It is always motivating for these players to play in front of our home crowd. We have a big crowd, and they are so supportive. It is easy to get up and get through 90 minutes when you have the fans behind you. We are so thankful for them, but now we have to continue to do the work on the road."
With the non-conference in the rearview mirror, South Carolina will begin with a tough test at No. 9 Tennessee. That match comes on Aug. 16 as the Gamecocks have off Thursday and Friday for the first time this season.