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Savannah McCaskill

School

South Carolina

Position
Forward
Major
Exercise Science

Classroom

Savannah McCaskill has excelled on and off the field at South Carolina. She has earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in each of her first three years with the Gamecocks. She is majoring in exercise science and entered her senior campaign this fall with a cumulative GPA of 3.225.

Character

McCaskill was selected as one of four team captains for the Gamecocks this fall.

“Savannah has pushed herself to this level as a player and athlete because of her drive and determination. You don’t meet many more competitive players than her. She’s out there to win, and in practice and during games she always wants to reach a new standard. That drive has helped her accomplish many great things.” - Coach Shelley Smith

Community

McCaskill has shown a passion for giving back to the community while at South Carolina. She has taken part in a variety of initiatives designed to assist others, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in Columbia as well as the Epworth Children’s Home. She has read to kids at local elementary schools and visited children in the hospital. McCaskill has also used her soccer talents to benefit the community, coaching local YMCA youth teams as well as the Screaming Eagles, a special needs soccer team. She has always been willing to help in a time of need, and she helped flood victims in Carolina in 2015.

Competition

McCaskill is on her way to the finest individual career in South Carolina women’s soccer history. Her 100 points, 35 goals, 30 assists, 13 game-winners and 10 game-winning assists all rank third in school history, and she is one of three Gamecocks to earn multiple All-America accolades from the NSCAA. She rewrote the record back as a junior, setting single-season school records for points (45) and goals (17). She ranked second in Division I in 2016 with an SEC-leading 10 game-winners, and her 1.88 points per match last fall were the 13th-best mark in the nation. Her historic junior campaign resulted in 2016 SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors, and the Chapin, S.C., native went on to grab NSCAA first-team All-America laurels.

McCaskill has led the Gamecocks in points in each of her first three years, and she is one of six Carolina players to record a hat trick in her career. She is a three-time All-SEC selection, and she was selected as a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as a junior. She was chosen as the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2014 after totaling 15 points on five goals and five assists, and she was placed on the NSCAA All-America Third Team as a sophomore. This season, she has remained among the nation’s elite after recording a point in six of Carolina’s first seven matches. Through her efforts, the Gamecocks have reached the NCAA Elite Eight twice since 2014.