Sept. 23, 2001
Raleigh, NC – Clemson’s Ian Fuller netted the game winning goal with only 16 second left, as the visiting 20th-ranked Tigers downed the host Wolfpack 2-1 in men’s soccer Sunday afternoon at Method Road in Raleigh.
Clemson (4-2, 1-0 ACC) got on the scoreboard first only six minutes into the game. Sophomore Chase Hilgenbrinck lobbed a ball to Oguchi Onyewu in the NC State box, and Onyewu launched a shot into the Pack net at the 6:10 mark. Junior All-ACC forward Fabio Tambosi, who was playing in his first game since undergoing knee surgery almost two weeks ago, was also credited with an assist on the play. The goal was the first of the season for Onyewu, a 2001 Hermann Award candidate. The score remained 1-0 Clemson through the first half.
The Pack (1-5, 0-1 ACC) responded when senior Lee Baldwin headed in a cross from Isreal Mejia at the 55:12 mark to tie the score up at 1-1. Just when the game looked as if it was heading into overtime, Fuller calmly dribbled the ball into the NC State penalty box and tucked his shot into the corner with a mere 16 seconds to play. Fuller’s goal was his team leading fourth of the season and it marked only the fourth time in Clemson history that the Tigers scored a goal with sixteen seconds or less left in regulation.
Clemson finished with 11 shots, compared to the Pack’s eight. NC State goalie Mitchell Watson was credited with fours saves on the day, and Clemson’s Doug Warren finished with three saves.
Clemson will next be in action when they host Cal Poly in the Clemson Nike Soccer Invitational on Friday at 7:30PM.
Clemson 2, NC State 1 Clemson 1 1 2 NC State 0 1 1
Scoring: Clemson–Onyewu from Hilgenbrinck and Tambosi at 6:10 NC State–Baldwin from Mejia at 55:12 Clemson–Fuller unassisted at 89:44
Shots: Clemson 11, NCSU 8 Saves: Clemson 3 (Warren 3), NCSU 5 (Watson 4) Corner Kicks: Clemson 9, NCSU 8 Fouls: Clemson 16, NCSU 15
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