SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Clemson women’s soccer team dominated offensively Thursday, outshooting Syracuse 20-4 for the match and came away with a 3-0 victory over the Orange on the road at SU Soccer Stadium. With the win, the Tigers improved to 11-7 overall and 6-4 in the ACC, while the Orange fell to 3-15 overall and 0-10 in conference play.
HOW IT WAS DECIDEDIn the seventh minute of play, senior defender Sam Staab took the first corner kick of the match on the far side. Staab served the ball towards the back post to find the head of sophomore forward Mariana Speckmaier, who redirected it into the back of the net for her ninth goal of the season, giving Clemson an early 1-0 advantage.
7' | MARIANA SPECKMAIER!!! Just seven minutes in and Clemson has a 1-0 lead. Speckmaier picking up her ninth season goal, Sam Staab earning her 10th assist of the season. pic.twitter.com/UW1ud6aimn— Clemson Women's Soccer (@clemsonwsoccer) October 25, 2018
7' | MARIANA SPECKMAIER!!! Just seven minutes in and Clemson has a 1-0 lead. Speckmaier picking up her ninth season goal, Sam Staab earning her 10th assist of the season. pic.twitter.com/UW1ud6aimn
— Clemson Women's Soccer (@clemsonwsoccer) October 25, 2018
HEAD COACH EDDIE RADWANSKI QUOTE“It was a very good effort by our team tonight. We started the game on the front foot, jumping out to an early 2-0 lead! Both goals were well executed by Mariana and Brooke, who scored her first collegiate goal. Alana worked hard for the third goal, which sealed the game. Overall, we were solid defending to get the shutout, and we are looking forward to ACC Quarterfinals!”
UP NEXTWith the win, the Tigers clinched a spot in the ACC Tournament. Clemson travels to Boston to take on the Boston College Eagles in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 1 p.m. The winner advances to Cary, N.C. for the semifinal round that will be played at the WakeMed Soccer Park on Friday, Nov. 2.