CLEMSON, SC – Clemson and Campbell played to a 1-1 draw in a men’s intercollegiate exhibition soccer match at Clemson, SC Tuesday night.
Clemson scored first at the 20:32 mark in the match. Freshman Preston Gayton scored from 18 yards out after he gathered the ball and turned to his left and fired a shot that went to the back of the net near the right post to give the Tigers a 1-0 advantage.
Campbell tied the score in the 39th minute (6:59 before the half). Mitchell Cardenas took a corner kick from the right. Ricki Gaez pushed the ball forward to Ben Iiames Iiames sent a shot into the goal from 12 yards out to even the score.
After regulation, Campbell won a penalty kick round, 4-3 over the Tigers. Converting for Campbell were Travis Golden, Mitchell Cardenas, Scooter Oliver, and Ricki Gaez. The Tigers’ Ara Amirkhanian, Paul Clowes, and T.J. Casner all made their attempts for the Tigers.
“There were a lot of positives we can take from this match,” said Clemson Head Coach Mike Noonan. “We did well defensively. Cody Mizell (Clemson goalkeeper) did not have to make any serious saves. We forced them to take long shots that were not dangerous. I think our confidence will improve as well. We were sloppy with the ball. I was glad that we had our injured players Francklin Blaise and Alex Stockinger back in the lineup.
“Overall, I thought our freshman did well,” said Noonan. “We have more depth in some areas this year and that is really going to help us. We must continue to work hard and concentrate on our fitness level. We dropped at the end of each half. We must work on our game-shape.
“We are still very young,” said Noonan. “We are a far cry from two years ago. So we are definitely making progress in our program.”
Noonan is in his third season at Clemson in 2012. This year he has nine returning starters back from last season. He also has five of the six leading scorers from a year ago back for this season. Clemson had an 8-8-2 record in 2011 and a 4-4 mark in the ACC. The 2011 team was unbeaten in the last six matches of the season, and that equated to a 4-0-2 record.
Clemson will play host to Wofford in the second and final exhibition match of the season on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at Historic Riggs Field. Clemson will start the 2012 season on Friday, August 24 as the Tigers play host to USC Upstate at 7:00 p.m. at Historic Riggs Field.
Clemson 1, Campbell 1
Clemson – Preston Gayton (Unassisted) 20:32Campbell – Ben Iiames (Ricki Gaez, Mitchell Cardenas) 38:01
Shots: Clemson 8, Campbell 9Corner Kicks: Clemson 3, Campbell 2Saves: Cody Mizell (CU) 3, Travis Golden (Cam) 4Fouls: Clemson 8, Campbell 5Attendance: 325
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