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Clemson Women’s Soccer Team Downs N.C. State 3-0 Thursday Night

Clemson Women’s Soccer Team Downs N.C. State 3-0 Thursday Night

Oct. 9, 2008

CLEMSON, SC – The Tiger women’s soccer team defeated the N.C. State Wolfpack 3-0 on Thursday night at Riggs Field. With the win, the Tigers improve to 5-5-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while the Wolfpack fall to 8-6 and 0-4 in league play.

The Tigers got on the board first at the 22:47 mark, as Molly Franklin forced a corner kick on the right side of the field. Junior midfielder Katie Vogel played the corner to the front of the goal where it was headed home by 5-10 senior defender Molly Johnson for her third goal of the season.

Vogel gave Clemson a 2-0 lead two minutes later at the 24:42 mark, as senior forward Julie Bolt sent a cross from the top right corner of the box to a streaking Vogel, who headed the ball into the lower corner for her second goal of the season.

Franklin added a penalty kick goal in the 77th minute after Bolt was fouled in the box. The junior midfielder shot the ball waist-high just inside the left post for her second goal of the year.

The Tigers took 20 shots in the game to the Wolfpacks’ six and Clemson had 11 corner kick opportunities while N.C. State did not take a corner kick. Rachel Barnette posted 10 saves in goal for the Pack.

“We have talked a lot about how we want to manage the game and we did a good job of that tonight,” said head coach Hershey Strosberg. “We took advantage of opportunities and scored some good goals. We also defended well and minimized the number of chances that we gave away.

“Paula Pritzen stepped up in goal tonight and really showed signs of improvement in her kicking game. Overall, we did a better job of keeping the ball and the lead. It was nice to have someone chasing us, rather than being the one doing the chasing.”

Clemson will travel to Winston-Salem, NC on Sunday, October 12 for its first road contest in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers will take on 15th-ranked Wake Forest at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at the Demon Deacons’ Spry Stadium.

Clemson 3, N.C. State 0

Game Summary Goals: Clemson – Johnson (from Vogel), 22:47 Clemson – Vogel (from Bolt), 24:42 Clemson – Franklin (penalty kick), 76:02 Saves – Pritzen (CU) 0, Barnette (NCS) 10 Shots – Clemson 20, N.C. State 6 Corner Kicks – Clemson 11, N.C. State 0 Fouls – Clemson 11, N.C. State 14

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