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Nov 02, 2021

Ågren, McNeill Earn ACC Player of the Week Honors

Ågren, McNeill Earn ACC Player of the Week Honors

CLEMSON, S.C. — Following a week in which Clemson men’s soccer secured two significant victories by a combined score of 9-1, two Tigers have been honored by the ACC for their performances, the conference announced on Tuesday. Oskar Ågren was crowned co-Defensive Player of the Week, while Quinn McNeill earned Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

Ågren, who played all 180 minutes for the Tigers last week at center back, also contributed the first and game-winning goal against FIU. His penalty kick was slotted beautifully into the bottom right-hand side of the net to give the Tigers a 1-0 advantage that they would never surrender. He also assisted on Ousmane Sylla’s goal against Louisville. His perfectly weighted ball sprung Sylla through on goal. Oskar achieved those offensive statistics while also commanding a back line that conceded just one goal in 180 minutes of play and allowed only nine total shots on goal.

This marks Ågren’s second career ACC Defensive Player of the Week honor, the first coming on Oct. 26, 2020. The Swede joins goalkeeper George Marks and left back Charlie Asensio as Tigers honored with the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Week recognition this season.

McNeill totaled five points on the week, tied for a team-high with Luis Felipe Fernandez-Salvador. From an attacking midfield role, he notched two goals including his tremendous equalizer against Louisville. Alvaro Gomez’s cross appeared out of reach, but a sliding McNeill was able to get his right foot on it and slot it past the keeper to level the score. His goal earlier in the week against FIU came off a brilliant individual effort in which he dribbled at the defense at the top of the box, took a touch to his right and blasted a ball into the right-side netting.

McNeill is the first Tiger to claim the offensive award this season. He was also named to Top Drawer Soccer’s team of the week for the first time. The senior has played in all 16 games for Clemson and started in 15. His 10 points are fifth most on the team.

Ågren, McNeill and the No. 9 Tigers will be back in action on Sunday night at 8 p.m. in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals against the winner of 7th seeded North Carolina and 10th seeded Syracuse. The team’s win on Friday against Louisville clinched Clemson the right to home-field advantage until the conference championship to be played on neutral ground in Cary, N.C. Sunday’s Quarterfinal from Historic Riggs Field will be broadcast on ACC Network.

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