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Oct 25, 2018

Clemson Blanks Syracuse In Final Regular Season Match


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.

In 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.


  • In just her second start of the season, freshman midfielder Brooke Power netted her first collegiate goal in the ninth minute to give the Tigers an early 2-0 lead.
  • Senior forward Alana Hockenhull notched her second goal of the season to solidify the victory over Syracuse in the 87th minute of play.
  • Speckmaier leads the team in goals as she scored her ninth, giving her 16 career goals as a Tiger. The Miami native is tied with redshirt senior Miranda Weslake in points as they each have 19.
  • Junior goalkeeper Sandy MacIver posted her seventh solo shutout of the season against the Orange, and the 12thof her Clemson career. The 12 solo shutouts ties her with Meredith McCullen in the program’s record book.
  • With Staab assisting on the game-winning goal, she picked up her 10th assist of the season. She now has a total of 32 assists for her Clemson career, now tied for fourth place with Allison Graham in the school record book in that category.
  • With the shutout, the Tigers improve to 5-0-1 against the Orange, holding Syracuse scoreless in all six matches. Tonight’s three goal difference was the second largest margin with the largest goal margin coming in 2016 when Clemson shutout Syracuse 4-0.

“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!”

With 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.