No. 18 South Carolina (14-6-5) saw its NCAA Tournament run come to an end Friday with a 5-0 loss to No. 2 Florida State (22-1-1).
It was the USC program’s first NCAA quarterfinal.
Florida State out-shot the Gamecocks 17-8, with five of its seven shots on goal finding the back of the net.
“It was a very impressive performance by Florida State,” South Carolina head coach Shelley Smith said. “Congratulations to them for moving on and deservedly so, moving into the Final Four. We didn’t play our best game for sure, and they punished us for some mistakes we made.”
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The Seminoles’ goal in the 32nd minute was the first goal allowed by South Carolina in the tournament, a streak that lasted 342 minutes. It was also the first goal allowed of freshman Abbey Crider’s career.
Entering the day, the Gamecocks had allowed more than one goal just twice this season, a 3-2 win over then-No. 5 Florida and a 2-2 tie at then-No. 6 Texas A&M.
Florida State’s five goals is the most given up by the Gamecocks since back-to-back 2-5 losses vs. Maryland and at No. 4 Virginia in September 2004.
“I am proud of our team and obviously thrilled to be in the Elite Eight. I would have loved to move on, but we have to play better on the day,” Smith said. “It didn’t happen, but we learned a lot from this situation for our program. I'm extremely proud of the work rate of our team, even though things didn’t go off that well today for us.”