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Columbia, S.C. – Rinaldi Alphonse’s sliding goal in the 78th minute was the difference as the USC Upstate men’s soccer team took a 2-1 victory over South Carolina in the Spartans’ preseason opener Saturday night in Stone Stadium.

“This is a good result for our first exhibition game,” said Upstate head coach Greg Hooks. “These exhibition games are like organized practices. Both teams were able to play a lot of different players. We were able to gauge where we are and what we need to work on moving forward. Saying that, I thought our guys responded well and this is something we can build on.”

Upstate found the back of the net to begin the scoring in the 10th minute in the first of three 30-minute periods. Sam Moss gained control of the ball shaded to the right side of the field about 30 yards out. He flicked a cross to the center of the box where Taylor Scalera put the header away from 10 yards out to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead over the Gamecocks.

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