Nov. 6, 2013
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. --- The sixth-seeded Georgia soccer team suffered a tough 4-0 loss to third-seeded South Carolina Wednesday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the 2013 SEC Championships at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala. The Bulldogs now sit at 12-7-1 and will await the NCAA's announcement of the tournament field of 64 on Monday.
Georgia allowed a pair of early goals to the Gamecocks in the first 17 minutes, and despite some late chances could never climb back into it. South Carolina then added a pair of second-half scores to seal it.
"We actually started off really well," said head coach Steve Holeman. "For the first 15 minutes we were knocking the ball around, and our possession was good. It's fair to say that South Carolina scored against the run of play and, overall, for the second time in a row, set pieces did us in."
"We finished sixth in one of the best conferences in the country," Holeman said. "I think this is a conference that will probably get six or seven [NCAA] bids. We had a great season with some quality wins. Obviously the win over South Carolina during the regular season was huge. We have no bad losses, so hopefully people recognize that."
South Carolina grabbed the early lead as Danielle Au fired one upper 90 from the left wing, out of keeper Caitlin Woody's reach to give the Gamecocks the 1-0 lead just 9:56 into the game. South Carolina went up 2-0 six minutes later as Gabrielle Gilbert followed up a loose ball in front and sent it high past Woody from inside the six-yard box. The assist on the play was credited to Andie Romness, whose cross inside set up the dangerous sequence.
At halftime, the Gamecocks led 8-3 in shots and maintained the 2-0 lead with Georgia tasked to come from behind to remain alive in the tournament.
South Carolina then tacked on the third of the day in the 67th minute as Coryn Bajema took a free kick service inside from Romness and flicked it into the back of the net to push the lead to 3-0.
South Carolina's fourth goal came in the 76th minute when Daija Griffin finished into the corner off a breakaway chance, and that's how it ended as the Gamecocks took the victory and are headed into Friday's semifinal match.
The NCAA selection show will air live on Mon., Nov 11 at 4:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.