GAMECOCKS ADVANCE TO NCAA QUARTERFINALS WITH 1-0 WIN OVER SANTA CLARA
Senior striker Savannah
McCaskill scored on a header in the fourth minute to push South
Carolina women’s soccer past Santa Clara 1-0 in the third round of the
NCAA Tournament Sunday afternoon at Stone Stadium. The Gamecocks
(18-2-1) punched their ticket to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the
second-straight year with the win over the Broncos.
which has reached the quarterfinal round in three of the last four
years, will now battle Florida this week for a spot in the 2017 Women’s
College Cup. The date and time of the All-SEC affair will be determined
The early tally from McCaskill was all the Gamecocks
needed, as Carolina produced another clinical display on the defensive
end. Santa Clara attempted three shots for the game and finished the
afternoon with one attempt on frame. The Gamecocks withstood six corner
kicks by the Broncos en route to their third-straight clean sheet in
the NCAA Tournament.
McCaskill registered the decisive goal on a
scoring play that began with a cross from the right side by sophomore
defender Tatumn Milazzo. Milazzo’s pass located Meaghan Carrigan at the
far post, and the senior forward headed a shot that hit off the
crossbar. The ensuing deflection fell to McCaskill, who one-timed a
shot into the back of the net with her head.
With the goal,
McCaskill set a new program record with 17 career game-winning tallies.
The score pulled her even with fellow striker Elexa Bahr for the most
goals (8) among Gamecocks this season.
Carolina pushed for a
another score midway through the first half when Lauren Chang tried her
luck from distance in the 32nd minute. The senior midfielder found a
pocket of space and fired a shot from 22 yards out that required a
diving save by Santa Clara goalkeeper Melissa Lowder at the right post.
Bahr, who led the Gamecocks with three shots Sunday, saw a scoring
opportunity in the 52nd minute when a loose ball fell to her near the
right side of the box. The sophomore attacker alertly one-timed a shot
that sent the ball wide right.
Krzeczowski held firm command of
her box despite having to make just one save on the afternoon. She came
off her line to knock away the ball on multiple Santa Clara corner kick
attempts, including back-to-back set pieces from the Broncos in the
28th minute. The Buford, Ga., native stifled another scoring chance
with less than 10 minutes to play when she again left the net to come
up and secure the ball in the box following a free kick by Santa Clara.
contest featured a physical battle, as both teams combined for 26
fouls. The Broncos committed 12 of their 15 fouls in the second half
and registered just two shots over the final 45 minutes of the match.
This weekend marked the first meeting between Carolina and Santa Clara.
we’re very thankful to be sitting here after a win and moving on. I’m
very proud of this team and their effort today against an extremely
good Santa Clara team. Congratulations to them on their season and
making it here. I know how it feels to go all the way across the
country to play. It’s their second game in two days and they battled
and gave us everything they had. We’re proud of how our players
responded and found a way to win today. We know Florida well and they
know us well. I think both teams will be prepared. It’s getting
yourself ready to play on game day. Our job is to recover and to
continue to train and be sharp.” – South Carolina women’s soccer coach
Savannah McCaskill headed in
the decisive tally in the fourth minute to give Carolina the victory in
round three. Sunday marked the second time this season the Chapin,
S.C., native netted a goal in the opening five minutes of a game.
Gamecock defense was brilliant against Santa Clara, limiting the
Broncos to just three shots and one attempt on frame. Carolina has held
each of its three opponents to three or less shots on goal in the NCAA
South Carolina improved to 3-1 in the
third round of the NCAA Tournament with Sunday’s victory. The Gamecocks
boast a record of 12-9-3 all-time in the NCAA postseason.
shutout came against a Santa Clara team that ranked sixth in NCAA
Division I with 48 goals on the year. Carolina’s victory snapped a
nine-game winning streak for the Broncos.
With her tally, Savannah
McCaskill moved five points away from Carolina’s all-time record of
119. The senior striker also became the third player in program history
to reach 40 goals for her career.
Gamecocks Meaghan Carrigan and
Tatumn Milazzo registered their first point of the season Sunday after
earning assists on the goal by McCaskill.