No. 2 South Carolina became the first SEC team to notch an undefeated regular season when it beat Ole Miss, 2-0, thanks to first-half goals from strikers Savannah McCaskill
. The Gamecocks finished the regular season at 17-0-1. They joined Florida (2008) as the only other team in conference history to boast an 11-0-0 league mark.
doesn’t hit us sometimes when you’re in the middle of it," said South Carolina coach Shelley Smith
. "I guess I’ll probably enjoy it when I step back a little bit, but
we’re always driven and ready for the next thing. I know this team wants to achieve more goals, and we’re in the mindset of what we can do next.”
The Gamecocks never
trailed against a conference opponent and concluded the regular season as the only unbeaten team in Division I. Five teams have one loss: No. 1 West Virginia, No. 3 Stanford, St. Joseph's, Bucknell
McCaskill's goal was her 14th goal of the season to give her a program-best 35 points in one year. Less than two minutes later, she fought off a defender down the
sideline and delivered a cross to Groff, who scored into an empty net goal after being the Ole Miss keeper.
South Carolina freshman goalkeeper Mikayla Krzeczowski
just one save to pick up her ninth shutout of the year and improve to 14-0-1.