Wofford 3, South Carolina 2 (OT)
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Wofford men’s soccer team scored three unanswered goals to earn their first-ever victory over South Carolina, 3-2 Wednesday night in overtime. Alex Hutchins scored twice and reigning Southern Conference player of the week Carlos Dominguez Gonzalez headed home the game-winner in the 95th minute.
The Terriers improve 9-5-0 this season while the Gamecocks fall to 4-8-2.
After rallying in the second half, Wofford would test the South Carolina defense several times in overtime before finally breaking through in the 95th minute. Nestor Jaramillo sent a corner to the near post and Dominguez Gonzalez was able to head it past Gamecock goalie Alex Long and into the far corner.
The goal was Dominguez Gonzalez’s fourth of the season and marks the third time in four games that Wofford has won with a goal in overtime.
In the first half, each team would generate several good chances. Wofford nearly took the lead in the 26th minute when Hutchins fire a shot from just outside the 18 yard box that sailed just over the crossbar. In the 40th minute, South Carolina would threaten with a shot by Ryan Arambula, but Andrew Drennan was there to make the leaping save to keep the game tied 0-0.
That would change in the 43rd minute, when South Carolina’s Jeffrey Torda assisted on Hunter Wyer’s second goal of the season. Torda sent a cross to the far post that Wyer was able to head past Drennan to give the Gamecocks a 1-0 lead.
At the break, the Terriers held the edge in shots (9-8), but South Carolina had a 3-0 advantage on corner kicks taken and led 1-0.
The Gamecocks would double their lead just one minute into the second half when Trent Rieflin sent a low cross into the box that Torda was able to slot past Drennan into the bottom left corner of the net.
Wofford would get a goal back in the 52nd minute when Hutchins was able to head home Jaramillo’s corner to make the score 2-1 in favor of South Carolina. The assist was Jaramillo’s third.
Wofford would be award a penalty in the 59th minute after a Gamecock defender was called for a handball in the box after a Terrier corner. Hutchins buried the kick into the bottom right corner of the net to tie the game at 2-2.
The goals were Hutchins’ ninth and 10th of the season.
Regulation would end with the teams tied at 2. In the second half, the Terriers outshot the Gamecocks (14-7) and held the edge in corners (6-1).
Drennan earned the win for the Terriers and improved to 9-5-0 this season. He recorded four saves on 16 shots. Long took the loss for South Carolina and dropped to 4-8-2 on the year. He made eight saves on 26 shots faced.
The Terriers return to the pitch Saturday when they host the Eagles of Georgia Southern in SoCon play. The match is set to kick off at 6 p.m.