Arambula’s first goal as a Gamecock is a game-winner

Former Myrtle Beach High soccer standout Ryan Arambula made the first goal of his college career a memorable one, scoring the game-winner in South Carolina’s 2-1 victory over visiting Central Florida on Sunday.

The Gamecocks (4-5-2, 1-2-1 C-USA) defeated the Knights (4-4-2, 1-1-0 C-USA) as Arambula, a freshman midfielder, and redshirt sophomore midfielder Hunter Wyer both scored the first goal of their career for South Carolina.

Wyer gave the Gamecocks a first-half advantage when he collected a ball near midfield and sent it towards the left flank into the path of Torda, who hit a one-time cross within the UCF six-yard box that Wyer headed to the far post for a 1-0 Carolina upperhand in the 40th minute.

The score held through the half, and the Gamecocks continued to put pressure on the Knights’ defense. After a UCF defender attempted to clear the ball, Arambula was in perfect position at the top of the six-yard box. He sent the deflected shot into the back of the net for the eventual game winner, giving the Gamecocks a 2-0 advantage midway through the second half-

UCF responded just over three minutes later, pulling back within one goal on an unassisted tally from Quintana. The Knights defender sent a strike into the upper left corner of frame from 25 yards out to near the score at 2-1, but the Gamecocks defense played flawlessly down the stretch to preserve the victory.

Arambula is seeing increased playing time in his first season with the Gamecocks and he is starting to starting to deliver. He made the game-winning assist in South Carolina’s 1-0 victory over rival Clemson last month.

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