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1997 Men’s Soccer Notes

September 2, 1998

Clemson’s Record-Clemson finished the 1997 season with an 11-7-3 record and a 2-3-1 mark in the ACC. UCLA ended Clemson’s season with a 2-1 win over the Tigers in the NCAA’s quarterfinals.

Clemson Update-Clemson was led in scoring by Wojtek Krakowiak with 11 goals and five assists for 27 points. Krakowiak was named Soccer America’s freshman-of-the-year in 1996 as he helped lead St. John’s to the National Championship. A 1997 senior, Jody DeBruin had nine goals and seven assists for 25 points.

Defensively, Clemson was led by one of the nation’s best goalkeepers, 1997 senior, Matt Jordan. Jordan had a 1.09 GAA average and allowed only 23 goals for the season. He also had 124 saves. Jeff Bylik was another stalwart in Clemson’s defense along with Pablo Webster. Bylik is a senior and Webster will be a sophomore in 1998.

Tigers had Nation’s Second Toughest Schedule-According to Jeff Sagarin’s 1997 College Soccer Power Ratings in Men’s Division I, Clemson had the nation’s second toughest schedule. TheTigers played 14 opponents who were ranked at least once during the 1997 season.

Jordan had 124 Saves-Goalkeeper Matt Jordan had 124 saves in 1997 as a senior. Jordan’s 124 saves is tied for second place for most saves in a single season as Gary Pace had 124 saves in 1969. The 124 saves by Jordon is also tied for the most by a Clemson senior as Pace had 124 saves as a senior in 1969.

Clemson Players Named All-ACC-Two Clemson players were named to the 1997 All-ACC team. Goalkeeper Matt Jordan was named to the first team, while forward John Wilson was named to the second team.

Matt Jordan Finishes Second on Career List for Most Saves-Matt Jordan had 316 career saves, second on the Clemson career list. He participated in the 1997 World University games.

Head Coach Trevor Adair’s Career Record-Trevor Adair has a 71-45-11 record in his coaching career. Adair had a 34-25-5 record in four years at Brown University. At Clemson, Adair has a 37-20-6 mark as he is in his fourth season. Adair led Brown University to the NCAA Tournament’s quarterfinal round in 1994 and he led the Tigers to the final eight in 1997.

National Rankings-Clemson was ranked 16th in the final Soccer America poll released November 11. The Tigers were also ranked 12th in the final NSCAA poll.

Jordan a Finalist for National Award-Clemson men’s soccer player Matt Jordan (Aurora, CO) was selected one of 15 finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club Sports Foundation Collegiate Player-of-the-Year, as announced by the organization.

Clemson Players Named All-South-Matt Jordan and Wojtek Krakowiak were named to the NSCAA All-South Team. Jordan was a first-team selection, while Krakowiak was a third-team pick. Krakowiak will be a junior in 1998.

Clemson’s Record with Krakowiak Scoring-Last season, with Wojtek Krakowiak having a goal or assist in a game, the Tigers had an 8-0-2 record.

Clemson to Play host to 23rd Annual Clemson/Addidas Invitational–Clemson will play host to the 23rd Annual Clemson/addidas Invitational to be held October 2-4. On Friday, October 2, Furman will play New Hampshire at 3:30 p.m., while Clemson will face Cal-Poly S.L.O. at 8:00 p.m. On Sunday , Furman will play Cal-Poly S.L.O. at 12:00 p.m. while Clemson will face New Hampshire at 2:30 p.m.

Night Home Game Record–When Clemson plays a night home match, the Tigers have a 131-4-8 record. The first home night match was on September 24, 1980, as the Tigers defeated UNC-Charlotte 1-0. The only teams to beat Clemson in a home night game are Virginia, N.C. State, Duke, and North Carolina.

Non-Conference Home Games–When Clemson plays a non-conference home game, the Tigers have a 252-20-14 record over the years since 1967.

Shutouts–Since Clemson began playing soccer in 1967, the Tigers have held their opponents scoreless in 251 games. Of these 251 contests, the Tigers have won 239 and tied 0-0 12 times.

Clemson vs. the ACC–Clemson has a 53-26-6 record overall when playing an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent at Clemson. Clemson has a 98-58-16 record against Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the regular season, regardless of site.

Clemson in the Polls--Over the years, Clemson has been ranked in the ISAA poll 217 times, including 165 times in the top 10. In the Soccer America poll, the Tigers have appeared 162 times including 104 top-10 appearances.

Clemson has had more First-Team All-ACC Players than any Other ACC School–Clemson has produced more first-team All-ACC players than any other ACC school. More ACC Player-of-the-Year selections have played at Clemson as well. The following list shows the number of All-ACC first-team player selections as well as ACC Player-of-the-Year choices for each school since 1968, the first year the ACC determined these honors.

First Team                ACC PlayerAll-ACC                   of the Year SelectionsClemson           96      Clemson       12Virginia          56      N.C. State     7Maryland          52      Virginia       6Duke              45      Duke           2North Carolina    39      Maryland       2N.C. State        39    Wake Forest        8    Note: Numbers based on total selections. 

Poll Streaks–In the NSCAA poll, the Tigers were ranked in the top seven 77 straight weeks during the period of Sept. 25, 1973 until the Sept. 23, 1980 poll. In the Sept. 30, 1980 listing, Clemson dropped from number-one the previous week to number 17. Clemson was also ranked in the top 20 84 straight weeks from Oct. 17, 1972 through the Sept. 30, 1980 poll.

Ranking Number-One–Clemson has been ranked number-one in the NSCAA poll a total of 26 times over the years in the weekly poll. In the Soccer America poll Clemson has been ranked number-one 14 times. The following is a list of Clemson’s top-five rankings.

    NSCAA   SOCCER AMERICA1.   26         142.   23         133    28         144.   23          85.   18         22

Season Openers and ALL-Time Home Record-The Tigers have a record of 28-2-1 in season opening games since the sport was started at Clemson in 1967. Clemson is 24-1-1 when the Tigers open their season at home. When Clemson plays at home, the Tigers sport a 310-47-21 record, including a 241-44-19 slate at Riggs Field.

Unbeaten Streaks-During the period, October 15, 1972, through September 28, 1980, Clemson went unbeaten in ACC play. The Tigers compiled a record of 40-0-2 against ACC foes, while claiming eight ACC championships. During the time of October 15, 1972, through November 2, 1984, Clemson went unbeaten against ACC teams at home and compiled a record of 31-0-4 in these games.

Clemson vs. the Top 10–Clemson has a record of 39-46-5 versus top 10 teams over the years. The following is a list of Clemson’s record when playing schools ranked in positions one through 10 according to the NSCAA poll.

1.  5-12-1    6.    2-8-02.  2-4-0     7.    5-2-03.  4-4-0     8.    4-1-14.  6-6-2     9.    2-1-05.  3-4-0    10.    6-4-1         Totals    39-46-5

Clemson in Final Polls–The following is a list of Clemson’s top 20 years. NSCAA–1972-11; 1973 -4; 1974-6; 1975-1; 1976-4; 1977-4; 1978-3; 1979-3; 1981-8; 1982-7; 1983-11;1984-9;1985-4; 1986-19; 1990-5; 1993-5; 1995-6; 1997-12.Soccer America–1981-5; 1982-7;1983-11;1984-9;1985-4; 1986-19; 1990-5: 1991-18; 1992-19; 1993-7; 1995-5; 1997-16.

Tigers in Polls–Clemson has been a mainstay in both the Soccer America and NSCAA polls over the years. Every season since 1972 the Tigers have been ranked in the Top 20 at least once during the course of a season.

Clemson has Fifth Best Record in NCAA Play-Clemson has the sixth most wins in NCAA tournament play. The Tigers boast a 35-18 record in the NCAAs. The Tigers also have the fifth best winning percentage in NCAA tournament play. Clemson has advanced to the Final Four six times, and has captured the national championship twice.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS-Clemson will be looking to score its 1900th all-time goal this season. The Tigers have scored 1899 goals in their 31 year history or 61.2 goals per year. Clemson is also looking for its 100th all-time ACC win. Clemson has won 98 regular season ACC games.

Schools with the Most NCAA Final Four Appearances1.   St. Louis        162.   Indiana          113.   UCLA              9     Virginia          95.   Hartwick          7     San Francisco     77.   Clemson           6     Michigan State    6Schools with the MostNCAA Tournament Appearances1.   St. Louis        362.   San Francisco    263.   UCLA             254.   Hartwick         22      Penn State       226.   Indiana          227.   Clemson          19     Virginia         19Schools with the Most Overall Wins in NCAA Play1.   St. Louis        592.   Indiana          443.   UCLA             404.   San Francisco    36     Hartwick         366.   Clemson          357.   Virginia         348.   Brown            25

Schools with the Best NCAA Tournament Winning Percentage* 1. Michigan St. 16-6-2 .708 2. Virginia 34-14-2 .700 3. Indiana 44-19-1 .698 4. St. Louis 59-26-3 .689 5. Clemson 35-18 .660

*Minimum 10 Games

1997 Clemson Soccer Honors Clemson Invitational Defensive MVP- Jeff Bilyk,

Clemson Invitational All-Tournament Team Matt Jordan, G; Jeff Bilyk, B; Mike Potempa, B; Jody DeBruin, F All-ATLANTIC Coast Conference Matt Jordan, First Team John Wilson, Second Team

All-ACC Tournament Team Jody DeBruin

Soccer America Team-of-the-Week Selections October 7, Jody DeBruin October 14, Jody DeBruin October 21, Matt Jordan November 4, Wojtek Krakowiak

All-South Matt Jordan, First Team Wojtek Krakowiak, Second Team

ACC Player of the Week November 2, Wojtek Krakowiak

Clemson Ends 1997 Season in Ncaa’s Quarterfinals

Shots: Clemson 12, UCLA 11 Corner Kicks: Clemson 9, UCLA 4 Saves: Matt Jordan (C) 4, Matt Reis (UCLA) 5 Fouls: Clemson 22, UCLA 29 Attendance: 1,365

Clemson Honors in 1997

Clemson Invitational Defensive MVP – Jeff Bilyk,

Clemson Invitational All-Tournament Team Matt Jordan, G Jeff Bilyk, B Mike Potempa, B Jody DeBruin, F

All-Atlantic Coast Conference Matt Jordan, First Team John Wilson, Second Team

All-Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Team Jody DeBruin

Soccer America Team-of-the-Week Selections

October 7, Jody DeBruin    October 14, Jody DeBruinOctober 21, Matt Jordan    November 4, Wojciech Krakowiak

All-South Matt Jordan, First Team Wojciech Krakowiak, Second Team

Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week November 2, Wojciech Krakowiak

Clemson’s 1997 Record

Overall Record: 11-7-3When Ahead at the Half:  7-2-1When Behind at the Half:  0-4When Tied at the Half:   4-1-2When Clemson took 15 or more shots in a single game:  5-0-1When Clemson took 20 or more shots in a single game: 2-0When Clemson took 8 or more corner kicks in a single game:  4-2-3When  Clemson Scores First in the Match:  11-2-1

Jordan Among Atlantic Coast Conference Leaders – Matt Jordan leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in save pct. with a .851 mark, and in total saves with 120. He is also tied for first in solo shutouts with seven.