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No. 9 Clemson Faces No. 13 Florida State in ACC Semifinals Friday in Charleston

No. 9 Clemson Faces No. 13 Florida State in ACC Semifinals Friday in Charleston

Match Information vs. Florida State:

Who: No. 6-seed Florida State Seminoles (12-3-3, 6-2-2 ACC) at No. 2-seed Clemson Tigers (13-3-3, 7-1-2 ACC)When: Friday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.Where: MUSC Health Stadium, Charleston, S.C.Tickets: http://theacc.co/soc16tixRankings: Clemson – No. 9 NSCAA, No. 9 Soccer America; Florida State – No. 13 NSCAA, No. 10 Soccer America.RPI: Clemson – No. 6, Florida State – No. 19.Follow: @ClemsonWSoccer on TwitterLive Video: ACC Network Extra (http://es.pn/2dUf4ua)  Live Stats: theACC.com (http://theacc.co/wsoc16live6) 

Clemson Team Notes:

  • The Tigers (13-3-3) tied Miami 1-1 and advanced 5-4 on penalty kicks on Sunday, Oct. 30, sending the team to the ACC Semifinals for the second-straight year. It is the program’s 10th trip to the conference tournament semifinal round all-time.
  • 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).
  • The Tigers concluded the regular season with five-straight ACC wins, 1-0 at No. 21 Louisville on Oct. 9, 1-0 vs. Miami on Oct. 14, 2-1 vs. Boston College on Oct. 20, 2-1 vs. NC State on Oct. 23 and 1-0 at No. 6 Duke on Oct. 27.
  • Clemson is unbeaten at home at Historic Riggs Field during the regular season, with a 9-0-2 record.
  • As a team, Clemson ranks second in the nation in two offensive statistical categories: total assists (53) and assists per game (2.79). The team is fourth nationally in total points (143), sixth in points per game (7.53), 10th in total goals (45) and 16th in scoring offense (2.37).
  • 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:

  • Senior Catrina Atanda 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 15th nationally in that category. Atanda has 30 career goals, a figure that ranks eighth in Clemson history.
  • Senior Jenna Weston is 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 15th in the nation with Atanda in that category.
  • Sophomore Sam Staab is also tied for second on the team in scoring with 15 points, on two goals and 11 assists. The 11 assists put her at third in the nation, while her 0.58 assists per game figure is ninth 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.
  • Junior Shannon Horgan (three goals, seven assists) and senior Claire Wagner (four goals, two assists) are the fourth and fifth Clemson players in double figures in scoring so far in 2016, with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
  • Senior Kailen Sheridan has played 1,503 minutes in goal in 17 contests for the Tigers. She has 57 saves and a .803 save percentage, while allowing just 14 goals for a 0.84 goals against average. Sheridan also has four 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 (0.85), second in solo shutouts (26), fourth in saves (220) and fourth in save percentage (.783).
  • When the Tigers advanced 5-4 in penalty kicks over Miami in the ACC Quarterfinals on Oct. 30, Sheridan was certainly one of the heroes. She was second in line to take a PK against the Hurricanes, where she stepped up to the line and made the shot. Then she was right back in goal where she saved Miami’s third PK attempt, giving Clemson the one-goal advantage, which it would not relinquish.

Florida State Notes:

  • Florida State (12-3-3) tied No. 3-seed Duke 1-1 and advanced 3-2 in penalty kicks in Durham, N.C. on Oct. 30 to reach the ACC Semifinals.
  • Megan Connolly leads four Seminoles in double figures in scoring with 14 points (five goals, four assists).
  • Cassie Miller has started all 18 matches in goal for Florida State, and has 48 saves and 10 solo shutouts, while allowing only seven goals for a 0.38 goals against average.

Series Notes:

  • Florida State leads the all-time series with a 15-7-3 advantage against Clemson. At neutral sites, the Seminoles are 1-0-1 all-time against the Tigers, with the two matches coming in 2004 and 2005 at the ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C.
  • The last time the two teams met was Sept. 24, 2015 in Tallahassee, Fla., a 3-1 victory for the Seminoles.

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