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No. 5 Tigers Travel to Winston-Salem Saturday for Top-25 ACC Action

No. 5 Tigers Travel to Winston-Salem Saturday for Top-25 ACC Action

Match Information:WHO: Clemson Tigers (6-1-1, 1-1 ACC) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-1, 2-0 ACC)RANKINGS: Clemson – No. 3 HeroSports.com, No. 5 Soccer America, No. 6 NSCAA, No. 9 TopDrawerSoccer.com); Wake Forest – No. 11 HeroSports.com, No. 16 Soccer America, No 15 NSCAA, No. 8 TopDrawerSoccer.com)WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.FOLLOW: @ClemsonMSoccer on Twitter and InstagramLIVE VIDEO: Not availableLIVE STATS:  http://bit.ly/1MoVp23NEXT MATCH: Clemson at Gardner-Webb (Boiling Springs, N.C.), Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

Match Notes:

  • Clemson is coming off three straight wins, including the last two against top-25 ranked opponents (2-1 vs. No. 16 Duke on Sept. 18, 3-1 vs. No. 21 Brown on Sept. 20)
  • Four of the Tigers’ last five matches have come against top-25 opponents (No. 11 Coastal Carolina, No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 16 Duke and No. 21 Brown)
  • Sophomore midfielder Oliver Shannon leads the team in scoring with nine points (four goals, one assist)
  • Senior T.J. Casner (four goals) and junior Austen Burnikel (three goals, two assists) rank second with eight points apiece
  • Shannon and Casner’s four goals each rank them in a tie for fifth in the ACC in goals
  • Junior Iman Mafi leads the Tigers in assists with four. The four assists place him in a tie for second in the ACC statistical rankings.
  • Redshirt junior goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell is 6-1-1 in goal for the Tigers, and has collected 23 saves and two solo shutouts, while giving up only six goals in 734 minutes in the net
  • Tarbell ranks second in the ACC in saves (23), fourth in save percentage (.793) and fifth in saves per game (2.88).
  • Wake Forest is coming off of a 2-1 upset over No. 6 Akron on the road on Tuesday, Sept. 22
  • The Demon Deacons are led in scoring by Michael Gamble, with six goals and one assist for 13 points on the season
  • Alec Ferrell and Andrew Harris have split time in goal in 2015, with Ferrell tallying 13 saves and allowing four goals in 448 minutes, and Harris recording two saves and giving up one goal in 270 minutes. Each keeper has two solo shutouts for Wake Forest.

Series Notes

  • The last time the two teams met during the regular season was a 3-1 Clemson victory on Sept. 26, 2014. Current Tigers Casner, Kyle Fisher and Thales Moreno scored the three goals in the win.
  • Clemson’s most recent meeting with Wake Forest was a 1-1 double-over battle in the ACC Quarterfinals on Nov. 9 at Historic Riggs Field. The Tigers advanced to the conference semifinals with a 3-2 win in penalty kicks, and ultimately went on to win the 2014 ACC Championship title.
  • Wake Forest has a narrow lead in the series against Clemson, with an all-time record of 18-17-6. The teams first met on Sept. 14, 1980, a 4-0 win for the Tigers.

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