South Carolina first fielded a Men's soccer team in 1978 under the direction of current coach Mark Berson. The program wasted little time making a name for itself on the national stage, as it reached the NCAA Quarterfinals in 1985. The 14-year period from 1985-1998 was a dominant era for South Carolina, as it posted a 213-61-22 overall record with 12 NCAA Tournament appearances. Of the 12 NCAA Tournament trips during this run, the Gamecocks advanced to the Second Round or beyond on nine occasions.
Throughout its history, South Carolina has made 20 NCAA Tournaments, with four Quarterfinal appearances, two Semifinal appearances, and a 1993 National Runner-up finish. The 1993 squad won 16 contests before falling to Virginia 2-0 in the National Title game. The Gamecocks' most recent NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2011. Since the SEC does not sponsor NCAA Men's Soccer, South Carolina has participated as an Independent (even in its original years in the Metro Conference), finally joining the Metro for men's soccer in 1993 and 1994, but was forced back to independent status until 2005, when the two men's soccer-playing SEC schools (Kentucky the other) joined the reunified Conference USA.
In terms of conference championships, South Carolina won the Metro Conference season title in 1993 and the Conference USA tournament in 2005 and 2010, along with its regular season title in 2011.