Oct. 7, 2008
GREENSBORO, NC – Clemson’s Michael Brooks was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week as announced by the league’s office Tuesday. Brooks came off the bench and played only 47 minutes to help his Tigers to an upset over fourth-ranked Maryland on Oct. 3.
Brooks, who scored four goals in and added one assist in Clemson’s 5-3 ACC victory, was also named National Player of the Week by College Soccer News and Soccer America for his performance. With four goals against the Terps, the forward from Fredricksburg, Va., has now amassed five goals for the 2008 season and 14 career goals.
Clemson improved to 3-4-2 overall and 2-1-1 in the ACC following the win. The 5-3 decision tied for the third most goals scored by a Tigers team over a top-five ranked opponent in the history of the program. The last time the Tigers scored five against a top-five program was Sept. 1, 1984, as Clemson defeated fourth-ranked Connecticut 5-0.
The game also marked the first time since 1999 that a Clemson player scored four goals in a single match. The last player to accomplish this feat was Mark Lisi against Winthrop on Oct. 13, 1999. In the history of Clemson men’s soccer, Brooks’ hat trick is the 97th hat trick scored by a Tiger. It was also the most goals that a Tiger has scored against an ACC opponent since the 1975 season as Christian Nwokocha scored five goals against Duke on Oct. 26, 1975.
Clemson will play at Virginia Friday night, October 10, in the Tigers’ next action.
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