Sept. 21, 2007
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CLEMSON, SC – The 20th-ranked Clemson women’s soccer team upset seventh-ranked South Carolina by a score of 1-0 on Friday night at Riggs Field. With the win, the Lady Tigers improve to 6-1 on the season, while the Gamecocks suffered their first loss of the season falling to 7-1.
The win was the first over a top-10 team for the Lady Tigers since October 15, 2006, when Clemson won a 2-1 decision over #9 Wake Forest at Riggs Field. It was the seventh victory over a top-10 team for Head Coach Todd Bramble.
The Lady Tigers took five shots to the Gamecocks’ 10 and Clemson had five corner kicks while South Carolina took eight in the match. Lady Tiger goalkeeper Ashley Phillips recorded three saves and posted her third solo shut out of the season. Phillips has still only allowed one goal in over 470 minutes of play this season.
The match between the in-state rivals remained scoreless until the 72nd minute, when Clemson’s Molly Franklin scored what proved to be the game-winner. It was the second goal of the season for the sophomore midfielder.
The play began when sophomore Lindsey Jackson passed the ball from the top of the box out to sophomore Lily Boleyn on the left side of the goal. Boleyn then sent the ball back in to Franklin, who was waiting in front of the goal. Franklin nailed the eight-yard shot past Gamecock goalkeeper Lindsay Thorstenson.
“This is one of the first games that I feel good about the result and also about how we performed,” said Head Coach Todd Bramble. “South Carolina has a very good team this year and this was a tough game. We had contributions from a lot of people tonight. Some players who haven’t gotten a lot of playing time really stepped up for us and it was great to see that.”
The Lady Tigers will be back in action on Sunday afternoon as they play host to Wofford at Riggs Field. The match between the Lady Tigers and the Terriers will begin at 2:00 p.m.
Game Summary Goals: Clemson – Franklin (from Boleyn and Jackson) 71:50 Saves: Phillips (CU) 3, Thorstenson (USC) 1 Shots: Clemson 5, South Carolina 10 Corner Kicks: Clemson 5, South Carolina 8 Fouls: Clemson 16, South Carolina 15
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