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No. 12 Clemson Faces No. 17 Arkansas in NCAA Second Round Friday in Chapel Hill

No. 12 Clemson Faces No. 17 Arkansas in NCAA Second Round Friday in Chapel Hill

Match Information vs. Arkansas:

Who: Arkansas Razorbacks (18-5) vs. Clemson Tigers (14-4-3)What: NCAA Second RoundWhen: Friday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m.Where: Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C.Rankings: Clemson – No. 12 NSCAA, No. 11 Soccer America; Arkansas – No. 17 NSCAA, No. 17 Soccer America.RPI: Clemson – No. 14, Arkansas – No. 18.Follow: @ClemsonWSoccer on TwitterLive Video: ESPN3 (http://es.pn/2fXdNrd)Live Stats: NCAA.com 

Clemson Team Notes:

  • The Tigers (14-4-3) won their NCAA First Round match over Northeastern 1-0 on Nov. 13. Junior Shannon Horgan scored the lone goal of the match, with an assist by senior Emily Byorth. Senior Kailen Sheridan posted two assists and the solo shutout, her fifth of the season.
  • With the win over the Huskies, Clemson remained unbeaten at home at Historic Riggs Field in 2016, with a 10-0-2 record.
  • Head Coach Eddie Radwanski was named the 2016 ACC Coach of the Year on Nov. 3, earning the conference coaching accolade for only the second time in Clemson women’s soccer history.
  • On Oct. 27, Clemson upset sixth-ranked Duke 1-0 in Durham, N.C. to finish the ACC regular season at 7-1-2 and claim a share of the ACC Regular Season Championship (with Notre Dame). It was only the second time in school history that the program has won the conference regular season title.
  • As a team, Clemson ranks in the top 21 in the nation in six offensive statistical categories. The Tigers are third nationally in assists (54), fourth in assists per game (2.57), 11th in points per game (6.95), 12th in points (146) and 21st in goals (46) and scoring offense (2.19).
  • Fifteen different players have scored at least one goal for the Tigers so far in 2016, and 10 of those 15 have scored two or more goals on the season. 21 different Tigers have at least one assist on the season.

Clemson Player Notes:

  • Seniors Catrina Atanda and Kailen Sheridan were named to the 2016 All-ACC First Team on Nov. 3, while sophomore Sam Staab was named to the Second Team and senior Claire Wagner was a Third Team honoree.
  • Atanda, who was also named to the All-ACC Tournament Team on Nov. 6, leads Clemson in scoring with 12 goals and four assists for 28 points. Five of her 12 goals have been game-winners, placing her at 22nd nationally in that category. Atanda has 30 career goals, a figure that ranks eighth in Clemson history.
  • Horgan, who netted her fourth goal of the season in the NCAA First Round win over Northeastern, also has seven assists on the season, and in is one of three players tied for second on the team in scoring with 15 points.
  • Senior Jenna Weston is also tied for second among Clemson players in scoring, with six goals and three assists for 15 points. Five of Weston’s six goals have been game-winners, which ties her for 22nd in the nation with Atanda in that category.
  • Staab is the third Tiger tied for second on the team in scoring with 15 points, on two goals and 11 assists. The 11 assists put her at seventh in the nation, while her 0.52 assists per game figure is 13th nationally. The 11 assists also put Staab in a tie for fifth in Clemson record books for single-season assists. Staab has 18 career assists in just two seasons for the Tigers, a figure that already has her tied for ninth in the school’s career record books.
  • Sheridan has played 1,673 minutes in goal in 19 contests for the Tigers. She has 62 saves and a .805 save percentage, while allowing just 15 goals for a 0.81 goals against average. Sheridan also has five solo shutouts and two combined shutouts on the season. The four-year starter in goal ranks in the top five in program history in four career categories: first in goals against average (0.84), second in solo shutouts (27), fourth in saves (225) and fourth in save percentage (.784).

Series Notes:

  • Friday’s match will be the first ever meeting between Clemson and Arkansas in women’s soccer.

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