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No. 4 Clemson Hosts Georgia Southern Tuesday

No. 4 Clemson Hosts Georgia Southern Tuesday

Match Information:

Who: Clemson Tigers (11-1-2, 4-1-1 ACC) vs. Georgia Southern Eagles (4-5-1, 1-1-0 Sun Belt)When: Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.Where: Historic Riggs Field, Clemson, S.C.RPI: Clemson – No. 3; Georgia Southern – No. 176Rankings: Clemson – No. 1 HeroSports.com, No. 4 NSCAA, No. 4 TopDrawerSoccer.com, No. 5 Soccer America; Georgia Southern – not rankedFollow: @ClemsonMSoccer on Twitter and InstagramLive Video: TigerCast on ClemsonTigers.com:  http://www.clemsontigers.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?db_oem_id=28500Live Stats: ClemsonTigers.com: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=97683Next Match: Clemson vs. Boston College, Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.

Promotions: 

  • The Clemson soccer program will be honoring the military with a Military Appreciation Day celebration on Tuesday night’s game vs. Georgia Southern at Historic Riggs Field.
  • Members of the military that come to the game dressed in uniform, or who show their military ID at the game, will receive free admission to the game. Members of their immediate family will also receive free admission.

Clemson Notes:

  • The Tigers are coming off a thrilling victory on the road against No. 16 Syracuse on Saturday, Oct. 17. After 89 scoreless minutes, redshirt senior and New York native Kyle Murphy stole the ball, took it 40 yards down the field and scored from 16 yards, with just 51 seconds remaining in regulation to give Clemson the 1-0 victory.
  • Clemson leads the nation in two statistical scoring categories – total goals (32) and total points (94). In addition, the Tigers are third in points per game (6.71) and fourth in total assists (30).
  • The Tigers are in the midst of a five-game winning streak and a nine-game unbeaten streak, as their last tie was a 1-1 double-overtime draw at No. 8 Wake Forest on Sept. 26 and their last loss was a 1-0 defeat at No. 2 Notre Dame on Sept. 12.
  • Clemson is third in the RPI rankings released on Monday, Oct. 19. Four of the top five teams in the RPI are from the ACC (No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 5 Notre Dame). In addition, Syracuse is No. 11 and Boston College, which comes to town on Friday, is No. 12.
  • Senior T.J. Casner leads the team in goals (6) and points (13). The six goals put him in a tie for third in the ACC, while his goals per game average of 0.43 is tied for seventh in the conference.
  • Casner has a team-best four game-winning goals, a figure which ranks first in the ACC and fifth in the nation in that statistical category.
  • Redshirt senior forward Kyle Murphy and sophomore midfielder Oliver Shannon are tied for second on the team in scoring, each with five goals and two assists for 12 points.
  • Juniors Austen Burnikel and Iman Mafi are tied for fourth in scoring with 10 points apiece.
  • Redshirt junior goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell is 11-1-2 in goal for the Tigers, registering 46 saves and allowing just nine goals on the season, while playing over 1294 minutes in the net.
  • Tarbell’s goals against average of 0.63 ranks second in the ACC and 18th in the nation, while his save percentage of .836 is second in the conference and 17th nationally.
  • Tarbell also has six solo shutouts, including four in the last five games, on the season, a figure which ranks second among all keepers in the ACC. Four of his six shutouts have come on the road.

Georgia Southern Notes:

  • Georgia Southern is 4-5-1 on the season, and has won its last two matches, a 2-0 victory at Howard on Oct. 17 and a 5-0 win vs. Jacksonville at home on Oct. 13.
  • The Tigers and Eagles have played one common opponent in 2015, South Carolina. Clemson defeated the Gamecocks 3-0 on Sept. 4, while Georgia Southern fell to them 4-2 on Aug. 31.
  • Nick Wells leads the Eagles in scoring with nine points (two goals, five assists), while Emmanuel Raji ranks second with eight points, on a team-best four goals.
  • Georgia Southern keeper Jack Falle has played all 920 minutes for the Eagles this season, amassing 40 saves and three solo shutouts, while giving up 17 goals.

Series Notes:

  • Clemson leads the overall series against Georgia Southern with a 5-1-2 record, dating back to 1992.
  • The last meeting between the Tigers and Eagles was a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Oct. 19, 2010 at Historic Riggs Field.
  • All eight games between Clemson and Georgia Southern have been played at Historic Riggs Field.

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