USC Women's Soccer Makes History

Moments after her team became the first SEC women's soccer program to go undefeated through a regular season, USC head women's soccer coach Shelley Smith talked about what it means for the program going forward.

The South Carolina women's soccer team became the first SEC team to notch an undefeated regular season after downing Ole Miss 2-0 Thursday night at Stone Stadium on Senior Night.

First-half goals from Savannah McCaskill and Sophie Groff secured the victory for the No. 2 Gamecocks, who finish the regular season at 17-0-1 (11-0-0 SEC).

Ole Miss fell to 9-10-0 overall and 4-7-0 in SEC play following the loss.

Thursday's result capped off a dominant run in SEC play for Carolina, which joined Florida (2008) as the only other team in conference history to boast an 11-0-0 league mark. The Gamecocks never trailed against a conference opponent, and South Carolina concluded the regular season as the only unbeaten team in Division I. The victory over the Rebels also extended Carolina's program-record winning streak to 17 matches.

McCaskill opened the scoring with her 14th goal of the season in the 18th minute to reach a program-best 35 points in one year. The goal was set up by freshman defender Tatumn Milazzo, who intercepted a pass off an Ole Miss throw-in and volleyed a through ball to McCaskill.

The forward gathered the pass and raced into the right side of the box before firing a shot with the outside of her foot into the left side of the net past Rebel keeper Marnie Merritt. Milazzo's assist gave the Orland Park, Ill., native her first career point for the Gamecocks.

Carolina doubled its advantage less than two minutes later when McCaskill fought off a defender down the sideline and delivered a cross to Groff at the top of the box. Her pass hit the senior forward in stride, and Groff maneuvered around Merritt and slotted home the empty net goal to make it 2-0 in the 19th minute.

USC will take its 17-0-1 record into the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama. Carolina will be in action Wednesday at 6:00 pm against the winner of Tuesday's match between the eighth-seed Texas A&M and ninth-seeded Alabama.

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