Junior Savannah McCaskill scored two second-half goals to lift South Carolina past Texas A&M 2-1 on Thursday in the SEC tournament.
The Gamecocks (18-0-1, 12-0-0 SEC) advance to face Florida in the semifinal round at 4:30 p.m. Friday on the SEC Network.
The Aggies struck first, scoring in the 24th minute, to give them a 1-0 lead at the half. South Carolina fired back with two goals in the first 16 minutes of the second half, both goals scored by McCaskill.
The Gamecocks trailed at the half for the first time all season.
McCaskill, who played at Irmo High, now owns a USC single-season record with 16 goals.
“I’m very proud of the performance tonight. I thought we played well in the first half, and we missed the target a couple times. We came back in the second half and took control of the game. We responded well and stayed together,” said coach Shelley Smith. “Savannah showed why she was the offensive player of the year this season. She always finds a way, and she is so creative. She’s an asset to the team, and she gives us a lift when we need one.”
Who: No. 1 USC (18-0-1) vs. No. 4 Florida (14-4)
What: SEC Tournament semifinal
Where: Orange Beach Sportsplex; Orange Beach, Ala.
When: 4:30 p.m., Friday
Regular season: USC beat Florida 1-0 in double overtime
TV: SEC Network