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Sep 14, 2018

Clemson Sails Past Hurricanes on Speckmaier’s Golden Goal

Box Score

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson women’s soccer team battled back to defeat Miami in overtime by a score of 2-1, after trailing 1-0 at the half, in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener on Friday afternoon at Historic Riggs Field. With the win, the Tigers improved to 6-3 overall and 1-0 in the ACC, while Miami fell to 3-4-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play.

HOW IT WAS DECIDED
Redshirt senior Miranda Weslake took a shot in the 94th minute that was deflected out of bounds by a Miami defender, setting up the 10th corner kick of the match for Clemson. Senior Sam Staab served the ball into the box, finding the head of sophomore Mariana Speckmaier who netted the golden goal in the 95th minute to clinch the victory for Clemson in the first overtime period.

OF NOTE

  • Staab’s assist on the game-winning goal was her fourth of the season, and the 26th of her Clemson career. She currently ranks sixth in Clemson record books for career assists.
  • The Tigers outshot the Hurricanes 23-5, including 7-2 in shots on goal. All five shots for Miami were in the first half, therefore the Clemson defense held the Hurricanes without a shot for the entire second half and overtime.
  • The Tigers also held a 10-1 advantage over the Hurricanes in corner kicks.
  • In the 51st minute, Weslake received a through-ball in front of the goal from freshman Brooke Power and finished it to tie the match at 1-1. Sophomore Kimber Haley picked up her third assist of the season on the play as well.
  • Weslake and Speckmaier now have five goals each on the season and lead the team in that category. The two forwards are also tied for the team lead in scoring, with 11 points apiece, both on five goals and one assist.
  • Junior keeper Sandy MacIver posted one save and picked up her fourth win of the season.
  • This is the Tigers’ first overtime win since Aug. 25, 2017, and Speckmaier netted the gamewinner in that match as well, leading Clemson to a 2-1 double-overtime win over No. 20 Auburn at Historic Riggs Field.
  • With the win, Clemson improved to 7-7-1 against the Hurricanes in the series that dates back to 2004.

UP NEXT
Clemson hosts its fourth straight home match on Thursday, Sept. 20 as the Virginia Cavaliers come to town for a 7 p.m. match at Historic Riggs Field.

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