Groff’s penalty kick goal pushes Gamecocks into third round of NCAA tourney

Groff’s penalty kick goal pushes Gamecocks into third round of NCAA tourney

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Sophie Groff's penalty kick goal in the 74th minute would be enough to give South Carolina a 1-0 win over Colorado to advance to the third round of the NCAA Women's College Cup.

"Obviously, we're thrilled to be moving on and we're very excited for this opportunity," said Gamecocks head coach Shelley Smith. "I thought it was another tremendous game for our team and we knew we'd have quite a matchup in Colorado. Huge credit to them. They had a tremendous season."

Both teams remained scoreless up until the 74th minute when Daijia Griffin found Groff in the box looking to score. Instead, Groff was tripped up by Jalen Tompkins. The freshman goalie was called for the foul resulting in the penalty kick.With 20 wins, South Carolina now has the most victories in one year in program history.

The Gamecocks will attempt to improve that mark when they take on BYU at Stone Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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