Colombia, SC – On Sunday, the number 12 women’s football team defeated Eastern Carolina 2-0 to win. Two freshmen accounted for the first goal of the season, and Megan Spehes scored the first goal of her career for Gamecock.
Sophomore Peyton Patrick started things early for the Gamecock, taking a shot in the second minute coming just off the left side of the frame. Redshirt senior Samantha Chang heated up South Carolina’s first goal of the day in the sixth minute, but was saved by Pirates goalkeeper Maeve English.
ECU took its first attempt at the 15-minute mark, wide to the right. During the next seven minutes the Gamecocks would take two more shots but were unable to make a connection.
At the 36-minute mark, freshman Drew Drake matched the first goal of the season with the ball to fellow rookie Shay O’Rourke and gave Gamecock a 1-0 lead in the half. It was the first career goal for O’Rourke and the first career assist for Drake.
The Pirates began the second half with a shot on goal (the first of their season), but a save from senior goalkeeper Heather Hinz kept South Carolina in the front.
In the 50th minute, Gamecock found another breakthrough through sophomore Speehs with an assist from Cat Barry, leaving the English behind to make things 2–0, marking Speeh’s first career goal. Carolina finished the game with a 10-4 shot advantage and held the ball for 63% of the time overall.
Gamecock remained undefeated in their first two home games, scoring no goals against them.
South Carolina will hit the road for the first time this season, taking on Yukon and Vermont on Thursday, August 25 and Sunday August 28, respectively.