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Women’s Soccer Notes

RAY LEONE HEAD COACH Ray Leone will serve as Head Coach of the Lady Tigers as his wife is on a leave of absense to coach the United States Under 16 National Team. Ray and Tracey Leone were Co-Head Coaches at Clemson in 1999. The husband and wife team has been at Clemson since the program was started in 1994. In the first five years of the program, Tracey was the Head Coach and Ray was the assistant.

LADY TIGERS ADVANCE TO THE NCAA FINAL EIGHT Clemson advanced to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament’s Final Eight in 1999. This was the second time in the last three years that the Lady Tigers have advanced to the Elite Eight.

CLEMSON’S RECORD Clemson finished the season with a 14-7-2 record overall, the third most wins in team history. The Lady Tigers finished the ACC regular season with a 4-3 mark, good enough for a share of third place.

WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM RECEIVES SIXTH STRAIGHT BID For the sixth year in a row, the Clemson women’s soccer team received a bid to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. The 1999 season was also the sixth year Clemson has fielded a women’s soccer team.

LADY TIGER LEADERS Freshman Deliah Arrington led the 1999 Lady Tigers in scoring with nine goals and seven assists for 25 points. Beth Keller, one of only two seniors on the 1999 roster, was second on the team with eight goals and seven assists for 23 points. Another Lady Tiger freshman, Heather Beem, was third with seven goals and seven assists for 21 points.

NATIONAL RANKINGS Clemson finished the 1999 season ranked sixth in the NSCAA poll and ninth in the Soccer America listing. Both were the highest final rankings the Lady Tiger program has had.

ACC TOURNAMENT HONORS Nancy Augustyniak and Katie Carson were both named to the ACC Tournament team. During the tournament, Carson stopped 11 of the 31 shots she faced and allowed only two goals. Augustyniak anchored a strong defensive-minded backfield as Clemson allowed only one goal to eventual National Champion North Carolina in the Lady Tigers 1-0 overtime loss in the semifinal game of the tournament.

ALL-REGION TEAM Clemson Women’s Soccer Players, Beth Keller, Katie Carson, Nancy Augustyniak and Alison Burpee were all named to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region team as announced by the NSCAA. Senior, forward Beth Keller was named to the first team as she had eight goals and seven assists for 23 points. Carson, Augustyniak and Burpee were all named to the second team. Sophomore, goalkeeper Katie Carson finished the season with 13 shutouts and had a 0.74 goal allowed average. She also had 109 saves. Junior, defender Nancy Augustyniak finished the season with two goals and two assists for six points. Senior midfielder Alison Burpee had six goals and three assists for 15 points.

THREE LADY TIGERS NAMED ALL-ACC Junior Nancy Augustyniak and senior Beth Keller were both named to the All-ACC first team as announced by the league’s office. Julie Augustyniak, a junior, was named to the second team.

CLEMSON APPROACHING 100 WIN MARK Clemson has won 89 matches in six years. The program began in the 1994 season. The Lady Tigers need to win 11 more victories to reach the century mark in wins.

CLEMSON’S NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY Clemson has been to six NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournaments since 1994, the first year Clemson fielded a women’s soccer team. Clemson has a 4-5-2 record in the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Tigers advanced to the NCAA’s Final Eight in 1997 and 1999.

CLEMSON’S RECORD IN NIGHT GAMES Clemson has a cumulative record of 43-4-3 when playing a home game at night. Clemson was 9-0-1 involving night home games in 1994. The Lady Tigers were 8-2 when playing at night at Historic Riggs Field in 1995. In 1996, the Lady Tigers were 7-0-1, while Clemson was 5-1 at night in 1997. In 1998, Clemson was 5-1 when playing at night. Last season the Lady Tigers were 9-0-1 in games played at night.

HEAD COACH TRACEY LEONE PLAYED FOR U.S. TEAM Clemson Co-Head Coach Tracey Leone played for the United States National Team in 1987-1991. During her National Team career, she was a member of the 1991 Women’s World Cup Championship team. Overall, she appeared in 29 international games and had five goals for the U.S. Team, including two vs. Haiti in a Zone Qualifying Tournament in Haiti in April, 1991.

LEONE A MEMBER OF U.S. TEAM THAT WON WORLD CUP The U.S. Women’s National team won the first ever Women’s World Cup in 1991. The U.S. Women defeated Norway 2-1 in Guanzhou, China on November 30, 1991. They were the first American team to win a FIFA-sponsored tournament. In the tournament, the U.S. rolled to a flawless 6-0 record and outscored its opposition, 25-5.

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