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USC poised to make soccer history

ORANGE BEACH, Fla. - South Carolina's women's soccer team will play for its first SEC championship today against LSU at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

USC is the fourth seed in the tournament, while LSU is the second seed. LSU won the regular-season meeting between the teams, 1-0, two weeks ago.

South Carolina advanced to the championship game with a 1-0 victory against Florida on Friday night in the semifinals. Kim Miller scored on a penalty kick in the 11th minute while Mollie Patton recorded her 13th shutout of the season.

Two nights earlier in the quarterfinals, USC scored twice in the final 10 minutes to beat Georgia, 3-2.

Both of USC's victories avenged losses in the regular season. Friday's victory was USC's second ever against Florida. Wednesday's quarterfinal victory against Georgia was the first against the Bulldogs since 2006.

The SEC tournament run also comes on the heels of USC's first losing streak of the season. Needing victories against LSU and Florida in its final two games to clinch the SEC regular season title, USC instead was shutout in both games.

USC enters today's game 17-3-1 overall, setting a program best for wins in a season. It already tied the record for most SEC wins in a season with seven, leading to coach Shelley Smith being named the league's Coach of the Year while Blakely Mattern and Kayla Grimsley unanimous First Team All-SEC selections. Seniors Kim Miller and Samantha Diaz-Matosas made the second team.

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