Commodores clash with South Carolina in ranked matchup

No. 12 Commodores face their third-straight ranked team on Friday.

No. 12 Commodores face their third-straight ranked team on Friday.

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NASHVILLE – The No. 12 Commodores face their third straight ranked team on Friday when No. 9 South Carolina visits Nashville at 7 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.

Vanderbilt (13-1, 6-0) is riding the longest winning streak in program history with 13 wins. The Dores are also in sole possession of first place in the SEC, with South Carolina (11-2, 5-1) sitting right behind the Dores in the SEC standings.

The Dores are coming off back-to-back wins over ranked opponents after taking down No. 25 Mississippi State, 1-0, and No. 9 Tennessee, 3-1. The Commodores saw two new faces score over the weekend in freshmen Peyton Cutshall and Raegan Kelley. The team’s leading scorer, Haley Hopkins, notched two more goals vs. Tennessee, bringing home SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Hopkins has had the hot foot of late during SEC play. She leads the SEC in goals (six) and points (13) during conference play and finds herself near the top of the pack in those categories nationally.

Behind Hopkins is a strong defense that has only allowed five goals during conference play, including two shutouts by goalkeeper Lauren Demarchi. Demarchi is 10-0 this season, and she ranks first in goals against (0.32) and save percentage (.906) in the SEC.

The Commodores enter Friday having won 10 straight games at home dating back to last season.

Friday night’s game is set to air on SEC Network+ and is a “White-Out” game where fans are encouraged to wear white. Also, 500 white Anchor Down T-shirts will be handed out.