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ClemsonTigers.com Exclusive: Tigers Not Looking for Sympathy

Oct. 1, 2011

The Clemson women’s soccer team will play host to fifth-ranked Boston College on Sunday at 1:00 PM. The game will be broadcast live on ClemsonTigers.com via TigerCast. At halftime, Clemson United t-shirts and scarves will be thrown out to the crowd at Historic Riggs Field.

Watch Clemson vs. Boston College Live on TigerCast

By Will Vandervort, IPTAY Media

CLEMSON, SC – Clemson Head Coach Eddie Radwanski was not looking for any sympathy following Thursday night’s 2-1 loss to 11th-ranked Maryland. Instead, the Tigers’ first-year coach wanted a victory, something he believed his team played well enough to earn at Historic Riggs Field.

“We had an opportunity to win the game, and when you get that opportunity you have to go win the game. That’s part of a mentality and belief you have to have. I’m mad because I don’t know how we lost that game.”

The Tigers (5-6, 0-4 ACC) lost because they failed to convert on six shots on goal, including three in the second half. For most of the last 45 minutes, the match was played deep in Maryland territory as the Tigers just missed on several shots near the goal, including one to the right of the goal from forward Maddy Elder off a free kick with just 18 minutes to play.

The Tigers also had several other misses inside the last 15 minutes to tie the match. In all, Clemson attempted 17 shots and seven on goal, compared to just six shots by the Terrapins and three on goal.

“The positive was that for long stretches there was great competiveness and there was some very good stuff being played out there, but that’s stuff we have to build upon,” Radwanski said. “At the end of the day, it is still results driven. I don’t care that it is still my first year, if there is a chance to win, you go win.”

The Tigers got their lone goal from freshman Liska Dobberstein that cut the Maryland lead to 2-1 at the 33:52 mark. Radwanski was happy to see his team fight back after giving up two goals in the first 22 minutes, but he says those are issues they have to overcome if they want to beat teams like Maryland (8-2-3, 2-2-1) in the future.

“We have to do a better job of not shooting ourselves in the foot, and we have to put our chances away,” he said. “Even if I took a step back as a spectator, I’m thinking, `How did that team in white not win the game?’ That’s something this group has to learn.

“We cannot come out and concede a goal in the first minute or two in the game. That is ridiculous. That comes down to us.”

Clemson will have to learn its lessons fast because undefeated and fifth-ranked Boston College comes to town for a 1 p.m. match this Sunday.

“You have to get ready,” Radwanski said. “They are going to have to start thinking of Boston College. They are very good team. They did not play tonight so they are going to be rested and ready for us on Sunday.

“We will have to regroup, come out and be ready to play. In this league, there are no easy games. You have to show up to compete. And you have to play well, and you have to play smart.”

And the Tigers have to win games when there is an opportunity like Thursday night.

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