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#2 South Carolina loses to #15 Florida, 1-0, in SEC soccer semifinals

The Gamecocks concede the game’s lone goal in the 19th minute.

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It took all the way until the #2 South Carolina Gamecocks’ appearance in the SEC soccer semifinal game for them to lose a game. But the #15 Florida Gators - the tournament’s 4th seed - needed just a single goal at the nineteen minute mark to knock the Gamecocks from the ranks of the unbeaten.

The Gators punched their ticket into Sunday’s final against Arkansas on first-team all-SEC forward Savannah Jordan’s 14th of the season. Despite the Gamecocks leading 12-10 in shots, only three were on frame as Kaylan Marckese and the Gators’ defense had a perfect evening en route to a clean sheet.

South Carolina still sits in great shape to earn one of sixteen national seeds, the third time in four years they will have gained that privilege, when the NCAA tournament bracket is unveiled on Monday. Carolina entered with a RPI of 3 to Florida’s 8, so whether or not they are granted a top four seed (and the right to home field all the way through to the quarterfinals) won’t be determined until then.