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Clemson Faces Virginia in ACC Semifinal Friday in Cary, N.C.

Clemson Faces Virginia in ACC Semifinal Friday in Cary, N.C.

ACC Semifinal Game Information vs. Virginia 

Who: No. 4-Seed CLEMSON TIGERS (13-3-1, 7-3 ACC) vs. No. 1-Seed VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (15-1-1, 9-1 ACC)When: Friday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m.Where: WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.RPI: Clemson – No. 9; Virginia – No. 5Rankings: Clemson – No. 7 NSCAA, No. 6 – Soccer America, No. 13 Top Drawer Soccer; Virginia – No. 1 NSCAA, No. 1 Soccer America, No. 1 Top Drawer SoccerFollow: @ClemsonWSoccer on Twitter and InstagramLive Video: ESPN3 (http://es.pn/1Q5ULJS)Live Stats: theACC.com (http://theacc.co/WSOC15stats1) Tournament Info: http://theacc.co/WSOCchamppage

Clemson Notes:

  • The Tigers (13-3-1, 7-3 ACC) are coming off of a 1-0 victory over Syracuse on Oct. 31 in Syracuse N.Y. With the win, the team brought its overall win total to 13, the highest regular season win total in 13 years.
  • When Clemson defeated Penn on Sept. 11, the team finished regular season nonconference play unbeaten with a 6-0-1 record. The team’s only draw in nonconference play came against USF on Sept. 13.
  • Clemson is ninth in the RPI ranking released on Monday, Nov. 2. The Tigers have been in the top nine of the RPI the entire season. There are seven ACC schools in the top 15 of this week’s RPI (No. 1 Florida State, No. 5 Virginia, No. 10 Notre Dame, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 13 Virginia Tech, No. 14 Duke).
  • Juniors Catrina Atanda and Jenna Weston lead the team in goals with five apiece. Atanda has a team leading four game-winning goals, while Weston has three.
  • Atanda leads the team in total points with 13 and is joined by Claire Wagner (11), Samantha Staab (11) and Jenna Weston (10), as the four members with more than ten points.
  •  Fourteen players have combined to score Clemson’s 30 goals in 2015 and ten players have tallied at least one assist.
  • Junior goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan is 10-3-1 in goal for the Tigers, registering 51 saves and allowing just 13 goals on the season, while playing 1,361 minutes in the net.
  • Sheridan recorded her sixth solo shutout of 2015 in the Tigers’ 1-0 win against Syracuse on Oct. 31, bringing her career total to 21 and tying her for second place in school history for career shutouts.

Virginia Notes:

  • The Cavaliers (15-1-1, 9-1 ACC) are coming off of a 6-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Oct. 31 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Junior midfielder Alexis Shaffer leads the team in goals (10) and total points (27) in 2015.
  • Senior forward Makenzy Doniak has a team high eight assists on the season.
  • Junior goalkeeper Morgan Stearns has allowed just six goals this season, accumulating 25 saves in 1,130 minutes.

Series Notes:

  • The Tigers hold a 10-14-1 all-time record in the series against Virginia.
  • Virginia defeated Clemson 2-0 on Oct. 8 at Historic Riggs Field in Clemson, S.C. in the only matchup between the two teams in 2015.
  • Clemson has three players on the roster with family ties to the University of Virginia. Junior midfielder Catrina Atanda’s father (Eric) and uncle (Robert Atanda) each played soccer at Virginia, freshman midfielder Lauren Harkes’ father (John) and mother (Cindi) were members of the Cavaliers’ soccer programs during their college years, and senior Jenna Polonsky’s father (Pete) also played soccer at Virginia. Eric Atanda and Pete Polonsky were on the 1979-81 rosters together. Eric Atanda, Robert Atanda, John Harkes and Pete Polonsky all played for former Virginia head coach Bruce Arena who is currently the head coach for the L.A. Galaxy.

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