Clemson University

Clemson hands USC first women's soccer loss

South Carolina's women's soccer team was knocked out of its history-making start by arch-rival Clemson.

The No. 20 Lady Tigers beat USC 1-0 over the weekend, scoring the match's only goal in the 71st minute. Clemson's Molly Franklin notched it, her second goal of the year, off an assist from Lindsey Jackson.

The Lady Gamecocks dropped to 7-1 while Clemson improved to 6-1. Each club wrapped the weekend with another non-conference win and heads into league play this week.

USC held Clemson to just two shots on goal and had a 10-5 shot advantage. The game was deadlocked until the 71st, when a deflected ball was tipped to Jackson and on to Franklin.

Clemson goalie Ashley Phillips also won kudos for finger-tipping a shot from Erin Sullivan away from the net.

The win tied the all-sports season rivalry between the two schools at one win each. The next competition is Nov. 3, when the men's and women's swimming and diving teams meet.

• WHAT'S GOING ON?: Clemson's men's soccer team lost 1-0 to No. 1 Wake Forest over the weekend, certainly not an unbelievable loss or any reason to panic.

But coach Trevor Adair may be getting close to declaring an emergency.

The defeat dropped the Tigers to 3-4, just one less loss than they had all of last year. For a two-time national championship-winning program that reached the College Cup (Final Four) two years ago, it's distressing.

"We showed character, but we are disappointed with the outcome," Adair said in a statement. "We have to find ways to win."

Clemson has lost to USC, Virginia Tech and Stetson beside Wake Forest and its only wins have come against Gardner-Webb, Virginia Commonwealth and USC Upstate. The Tigers seemed to foreshadow their regular season in two exhibition matches, a 2-2 tie against UNC Greensboro and a 1-0 loss to Georgia State.

Clemson hosted Duke Tuesday before taking a week-long break.

• LATE ADDITION: USC women's basketball team picked up another player, just in time for preseason camp.

C.J. Pace, a forward from Chipola (Fla.) College, transferred to USC and will be eligible for the 2007-08 season, coach Susan Walvius said. Pace was Chipola's second-leading scorer last season, averaging 10.8 points per game and helping lead the team to two straight junior college state championships.

The Lady Gamecocks are returning only five players from last year and already lost incoming freshman Ashlie Billingslea to a torn ACL, although they are hopeful Billingslea may recover in time to play this season. The season begins with an exhibition against Lake Truck on Nov. 6.

• CHAMPS BEGIN: The USC equestrian team, defending national champions and winner of two of the last three national crowns, began the season with an 11-8 victory over Texas Christian.

USC won the Hunter Seat division 6-3 but lost the Western division to a tiebreaker. The meet was tied 5-5 and TCU won the tiebreaker by 0.5 points.