For South Carolina and Furman, 90 minutes would not be enough to decide a winner.
Instead, the two teams dueled it out in a penalty kick shootout. There, the Gamecocks were able to fend out a feisty Paladin team to come away with a 2-1 win to advance in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Tournament.
The Gamecocks opened the scoring in the second half in the 58th minute. Danny Deakin was able to put one past Sven Lissek to put South Carolina ahead 1-0.
The match was nearly wrapped up, but Furman managed to salvage their title hopes late in the period. A shot from Kyle McLagan was redirected by Lewis Hawke into the USC goal to tie things up 1-1.
The goal was enough to send the match to extra time, where neither team was able to produce a goal sending the match to a penalty kick shootout.
There, both teams scored on their first goal providing more drama for USC and Furman fans in attendance. In the end, it was Kurtis Turner who put the game away for South Carolina with a shot in the lower left corner of the goal.
The win punches the Gamecocks’ ticket to California where they will face 15th-seeded UC Santa Barbara at 6 p.m.
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