Sept. 22, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Florida struck for goals in each half and held on to post a 2-0 win over the Kentucky men's soccer team in the finale of the Gamecock Classic, hosted by South Carolina, on a pleasant Sunday afternoon at Eugene Stone Stadium.
Kentucky (2-4) faced off with another talented team in South Florida in its finale of the Gamecock Classic, after a loss to Ivy League power Dartmouth on Friday night. South Florida (2-1-3) got goals in the 15th and 54th minutes to post the win, after a 1-1 draw with South Carolina on Friday night.
The Wildcats finished with advantages in shots and corner kicks for the second consecutive game in Columbia. UK had an 11-6 advantage in shots and an 8-2 mark in corner kicks. The Bulls managed just three shots on goal, with two connecting for goals and one saved by a UK defender.
The Wildcats will return to action on Sunday with the Conference USA opener, hosting UAB on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at the UK Soccer Complex.
South Florida got on the board in the 15th minute, as the ball was played down the far sideline and crossed into traffic inside the 18-yard box. Marcus Epps found it after a pair of deflections, firing a shot across the goal mouth and into the side netting at the far post, just out of reach of a diving Van Arsdale.
In the 54th minute, South Florida added to its lead for a two-goal margin. After a USF player injury that left the clock stopped for several minutes, USF scored 11 seconds into the restart. Lindo Mfeka took a shot from the top of the 18-yard box that sailed into a UK defender, with the ball deflecting into a barren spot in the goal, past a diving Van Arsdale at the far post.
GAME NOTES: Junior transfer Jaytoe Teh made his first career start, at outside back ... Sophomore Jacob Scearce made his first career start, at forward ... Freshman Charlie Reymann, who had started at outside back the last five games, made his first career start in the midfield ... Freshman Ben Perkins was UK's first sub of the game ... Senior center back Steven Perinovic won 6-of-8 contested header attempts ... UK met South Florida for the first time in program history.
CEDERGREN ON GAMECOCK CLASSIC