Sept. 23, 2001
Knoxville, TN – Clemson rookie forward Paige Ledford scored a “Golden Goal” with 4:27 remaining in the second 15-minute sudden-death overtime session to lift the seventh-rated Lady Tigers over 16th-ranked Tennessee, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at the UT Soccer Complex. Clemson (4-1) overcame a one-goal deficit on three different occasions to notch the victory. With the loss, the Lady Vols fell to 4-2 and saw an end to their three-match winning streak.
“We had to come from behind three different times in the game and I could not be happier with the resiliency we showed as a team,” said Clemson Head Coach Todd Bramble. “We did not play our best soccer today, but I am very proud of the way we battled against a very good Tennessee team.”
The Lady Vols struck first in the match as midfielder Lyndsey Patterson netted a goal at 19:42 off assists by Kim Patrick and Marie-Eve Nault. The contest remained 1-0 in favor of Tennessee into halftime.
A turning point in the match came at 45:56, when Clemson goalkeeper Katie Carson thwarted a penalty kick taken by Patrick. Soon after, the Tigers would answer at 48:41 on a breakaway goal by junior Deliah Arrington. The forward took a feed from classmate Heather Beem and beat Lady Vol Cori Stevens to knot the match at 1-1.
Patrick would help UT re-claim the lead at 64:44 with her second score of the campaign off a pass from freshman Sue Flamini. Once again though, the Lady Tigers notched the equalizer as senior Tatum Clowney connected on a shot from the top of the box after taking a pass from Ledford. The score came a mere 1:44 after Tennessee had moved in front.
Flamini provided the Lady Vols with a 3-2 lead at 71:03 with a goal that was set up by the duo of Patrick and Patterson. Arrington once again answered the call with her second tally of the afternoon and fifth goal of 2001. The speedy forward came barreling down the left wing after a pass from Clowney and delivered a liner with 3:12 remaining in regulation that Stevens could not contain.
Neither Tennessee nor Clemson could find the back of the net during the initial 15-minute overtime session. Ledford, who is from Ooltewah, TN, returned to her home state and grabbed the hero’s mantle with her fourth goal of the season on a pass from classmate Sarah Turner at 115:33. The winning score developed as Ledford punched a shot from six yards out.
Arrington scored twice on her four attempts, while Ledford had three shots. Carson finished with 12 saves in goal, compared to five for Stevens. With her 12 saves, Carson broke the school record for most career saves with 240.
The Lady Tigers will next be in action when they host Virginia on Saturday, September 29 at 7:00PM.
#7 Clemson 4, #16 Tennessee 3
Scoring Summary UT: Lyndsey Patterson (Kim Patrick, Marie-Eve Nault), 19:42 CU: Heather Beem), 48:41 UT: Kim Patrick (Sue Flamini), 64:44 CU: Paige Ledford), 66:28 UT: Sue Flamini (Kim Patrick, Lyndsey Patterson), 71:03 CU: Deliah Arrington (Tautm Clowney), 86:48 CU: Paige Ledford (Sarah Turner), 115:33
Shots: Clemson 13, Tennessee 32. Corner Kicks: Clemson 1, Tennessee 11. Goalkeeper Stats: Katie Carson (CU) 115:33, 12 saves, 3 goals, Cori Stevens (UT), 115:33, 5 saves, 4 goals. Fouls: Clemson 11, Tennessee 9. Attendance: 572
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