and the Commodores Shutout the
The Vanderbilt women's soccer team recorded their first Southeastern
Conference victory Sunday afternoon when the Commodores defeated
the South Carolina Gamecocks 2-0. The Commodores improve their
record to 3-6 overall and 1-2 in the SEC, as the Gamecocks
fall to 9-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
With the win, the Commodores move their all-time record to
8-1 against the Gamecocks.
Junior goalkeeper Esther Thompson picked up her first shutout
as a member of the Vanderbilt women's soccer team, and her
18th of her collegiate career. She was solid in net once again
for head coach Ronnie Hill, as she made eight saves (39 for
The Commodores jumped on the board in the 28th minute when
forward Erin Higgins scored off of a rebound following an
initial save by South Carolina goalkeeper Elise Matthews.
For the junior, it was her second goal of the season.
Vanderbilt controlled the entire first half from an offensive
standpoint. The Commodores outshot the Gamecocks by a sizeable
margin of 10-2.
Midfielder Michelle Bruntlett stretched the lead to 2-0 in
the 60th minute, when she nailed a shot, following a save
by Matthews, in the far corner of the South Carolina goal.
For the junior, it was her team-leading third goal of the
For the game, Vanderbilt outshot South Carolina 18-10, while
also having three more corner kicks (7-4) then its SEC East
The women's soccer team returns to action at 7 p.m. (EST)
Friday, October 11, against in-state and SEC East rival Tennessee
in Knoxville. The Commodores will then travel to Athens, Ga.
to take on Georgia at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Carolina (9-3, 2-1)
Vanderbilt (3-6, 1-2)
VU: Erin Higgins (Unassisted) - 27:21
VU: Michelle Bruntlett (Unassisted) - 59:22