COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Samford soccer team fell at South Carolina, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night at Eugene E. Stone III Stadium.
The loss ends a tremendous season for the Bulldogs. Samford posted a record of 13-4-5. The team was 7-1-1 in Southern Conference play, winning a share of its sixth-straight SoCon regular-season title. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in school history with a 1-0 win over Furman in the SoCon Tournament finals last Sunday. South Carolina improves to 17-1-3 and advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
- The game was scoreless until the 41st minute when South Carolina's Samantha Chang scored to give the Gamecocks a 1-0 lead.
- USC added two more goals in the second half, one each by Luciana Zullo and Riley Tanner.
FROM THE BOX SCORE
- Taylor Yount led Samford with two shots, while Nikki Bario has one.
- Samford goalkeeper Morgan McAslan had four saves.
- As a team, South Carolina had 13 shots, and Samford took three.
- The Gamecocks had six corner kicks, while Samford had two.
- South Carolina's Samantha Chang scored off an assist from Riley Tanner in the 41st minute: USC 1, Samford 0.
- South Carolina's Luciana Zullo scored in the 55th minute: USC 2, Samford 0.
- South Carolina's Riley Tanner scored off an assist from Lauren Chang in the 81st minute: USC 3, Samford 0.
- The loss ends Samford's 2019 season.