The goal ended the Gamecocks' shutout streak at seven games dating back to the regular season.
“I usually have to stay back to defend," said Minniss, "and I went to [Coach] Todd [Shulenberger] and I was like ‘Let me go, let me go,’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, go ahead.’ I just came in super late so they didn’t see me. As soon as the ball came to me, all that was running through my head was like ‘Oh you got this, oh you got this’ and then it went in and everybody was chasing me. I was like ‘Oh gosh, I can’t believe I just did that.’”
The Washington State win gives the Pac-12 three of the four berths in the Women's College Cup in San Jose. Top-ranked Stanford and UCLA also advanced with big wins. The Cougars were only 5-5-1 in conference play but got into the NCAA Tournament as one of nine Pac-12 representatives.
The Cougars opened with a 1-0 win at home over Memphis, then traveled to Virginia, where they beat the No. 1 seed Cavaliers, 3-2, and West Virginia, 3-0.
“I mean, it’s not easy," Shulenberger said. "That’s for sure. I mean different cities, different hotels, different meals, different roommates, different environment. This started about two years ago when we went to the Sweet Sixteen. We went to UCF and upset them. It’s not new to us. They send us away, and I say we like the East Coast.”
Nov. 29 in Columbia, S.C.
South Carolina 0 Washington State 1. Goal: Minniss (Goff) 96.
South Carolina -- Krzeczowski, Koch, Patten, Zullo, Bahr, Fisk, Gareis, Chang, Jones, Harris, Eskew. Subs: Dixon, Mikula, Tanner, Meredith, Chang, Griffiths.
Washington State -- Dederick, Alger, Rieken, McLyn, Goff, Minniss, Gomera-Stevens, Weaver, Pulver, Bennett, Collins. Subs: Hernandez-Repreza Jones, Myers, Whieldon, Frimpong-Ellertson, Lynch, Barton.