South Carolina Gamecocks men's soccer

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South Carolina Gamecocks
South Carolina Gamecocks Block C logo.svg
Founded 1978
University University of South Carolina
Conference CUSA
Location Columbia, SC
Head coach Mark Berson (38th year)
Stadium Stone Stadium
(Capacity: 5,700)
Nickname Gamecocks
Colors Garnet and Black[1]
         
Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Runner Up
1993
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1979, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016
Conference Tournament Champions
C-USA: 2005, 2010
Conference Regular Season Champions
Metro: 1993
C-USA: 2011

The South Carolina Gamecocks men's soccer team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in Conference USA. The team has been coached by Mark Berson since its inception in 1978 and has participated in 20 NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Quarterfinals on four occasions. Since 1981, South Carolina has played its home games at Stone Stadium, which is affectionately called "The Graveyard" by South Carolina fans due to an adjoining cemetery. [2][3]

Program history[edit]

South Carolina first fielded a Men's soccer team in 1978 under the direction of current coach Mark Berson. The program wasted little time making a name for itself on the national stage, as it reached the NCAA Quarterfinals in 1985. The 14-year period from 1985-1998 was a dominant era for South Carolina, as it posted a 213-61-22 overall record with 12 NCAA Tournament appearances. Of the 12 NCAA Tournament trips during this run, the Gamecocks advanced to the Second Round or beyond on nine occasions.

Throughout its history, South Carolina has made 21 NCAA Tournaments, with four Quarterfinal appearances, two Semifinal appearances, and a 1993 National Runner-up finish. The 1993 squad won 16 contests before falling to Virginia 2-0 in the National Title game. The Gamecocks' most recent NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2015. Since the SEC does not sponsor NCAA Men's Soccer, South Carolina has participated as an Independent (even in its original years in the Metro Conference), finally joining the Metro for men's soccer in 1993 and 1994, but was forced back to independent status following the 1995 reunification with the Great Midwest Conference to form Conference USA until 2005, when Kentucky left the Mid-American Conference in order to allow the two SEC schools to play in Conference USA together.

In terms of conference championships, South Carolina won the Metro Conference season title in 1993 and the Conference USA tournament in 2005 and 2010, along with its regular season title in 2011.

Head coaches[edit]

Year-by-year results[edit]

Championships[edit]

Records[edit]

All-Time career leaders[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Career Points
Rank Player Goals Assists Points Years
1 Doug Allison 63 32 158 1984-87
2 Chris Faklaris 55 14 124 1991-94
3 Clint Mathis 53 15 121 1994-97
4 Clark Brisson 36 26 98 1987-90
5 Dan Ratcliff 37 20 94 1983-86
6 Jordan Quinn 37 13 87 1999-02
7 Andrew Coggins 33 15 81 1988-91
8 Brian Winstead 33 14 80 1978-79
9 Billy Baumhoff 22 34 78 1991-94
Rob Smith 19 40 78 1991-94

Goalkeeping[edit]

Single season records[edit]

Points: 53, Clint Mathis-1995
Goals: 25, Clint Mathis-1995
Assists: 16, Rubén Tufiño-1989
GAA: 0.49, Charles Arndt-1987
Shutouts: 13, Warren Lipka - 1985

Notable former players[edit]

Current professionals[edit]

Retired professionals[edit]

In other fields[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Colors". University of South Carolina Board of Trustees. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  2. ^ "University of South Carolina Official Athletic Site". Gamecocksonline.com. Retrieved 2015-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Stone Stadium Review". stadiumjourney.com. Retrieved 2015-04-26.