South Carolina women's soccer junior Sutton Jones was named the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week along with being named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com and College Soccer News' Teams of the Week, the publications all announced Tuesday. Jones has collected four honors this week after her performance in the Gamecocks 4-2 win against Florida.
"We are so proud of Sutton and how her, along with the rest of the team, performed this week," South Carolina head coach Shelley Smith said. "Sutton had another great game playing almost every minute in the back for us. She was a huge difference on the offensive end as well with her two goals. She's very deserving of all of these honors she's been recognized with this week after she truly made an impact on both ends of the field."
Jones netted a pair of goals for the No. 11 Gamecocks against rival Florida, helping Carolina earn its fifth-straight SEC win. The Fort Mill, S.C., native, scored the first and last goal of the Gamecocks 4-2 dominant win over Florida at Stone Stadium. The brace is the first multi-goal performance by a Carolina defender since Taylor Leach in 2014. Jones doubled her carer goal total with her two goals against Florida, helping the Gamecocks defeat the Gators for the fifth-straight time at Stone Stadium dating back to 2012. Both of Jones' goals came off of corner kick set pieces, one served by Jyllissa Harris and the other coming from Samantha Chang.
This is the second-straight week the Gamecocks have earned the United Soccer Coaches Player of the Week and join TCU as the only team's to have multiple National Players of the Week this season. Jones is only the second defender to earn the National Player of the Week honor this season, joining TCu's Brandi Peterson. This is the fourth-straight week the Gamecocks have had a member on the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week and the second-straight week a Gamecock has been on the College Soccer News Team of the Week. The national honors come after Jones earned the SEC Defensive Player of the Week honor on Monday. That weekly conference honor marked the fourth-straight week the Gamecocks were honored by the SEC.
South Carolina (5-1-0, 5-1-0 SEC) will play Mississippi State on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., for its annual Senior Day. The match can be streamed on SEC Network + or on the ESPN app. The two squads did not meet in 2019 but the Bulldogs did take down the Gamecocks 2-1 in overtime in 2018 in Starkville.
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The South Carolina Athletics Department announced ticketing information for the approximately 675 seats available for the four 2020 fall home matches. Only fans who had purchased season tickets for the upcoming season will have the ability to purchase single-game tickets. Season tickets, including the tickets with scarf option, for the 2020 season will not be honored and will be refunded.