USC's Defense Aims To Slow Stanford In Final Four

USC women's head coach Shelley Smith and senior forward Savannah McCaskill out of Irmo talk about their journey to get to the Final Four and taking on a stout Stanford team on Friday night in Orlando.

COLUMBIA, SC - At this point of the year NCAA tournaments have the hottest teams and best teams competing for national titles. This weekend it'll be USC's best against Stanford's best in the women's College Cup.

USC head coach Shelley Smith and senior forward Savannah McCaskill will lead the Gamecocks into their first ever Final Four against number one overall seed Stanford on Friday.

USC hasn't allowed a goal all tournament while Stanford is averaging 4 goals per game. Grace Fisk, the SEC defensive player of the year, anchors the backline for the Gamecocks while Mikayla Krzeczowski has made 7 saves in goal this tournament.

It will be the best defense against the best offense and the Gamecocks are ready for what is sure to be one of the best matches in the Final Four. 

"We have to be very disciplined. We know we have a team that will make it difficult for them to score," Smith said. "I think that's a good matchup and I think we just have to do the little things that we talk about all the time and don't dive and support each other. We've done that over and over this season. We just have to make sure we continue to play and do that for 90 minutes against them. They will hurt you if you give them a look."

Stanford and South Carolina will meet on the pitch on Friday at 5pm in Orlando. The game will be televised on ESPN U.

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