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Clemson defeats Furman 3-2

Nov. 9, 2003

Box Score

CLEMSON, S.C. – Charlie Roberts scored two goals in leading Clemson to a 3-2 victory over Furman in a men’s intercollegiate soccer match at Clemson, SC Sunday afternoon.

With the win, Clemson improves to 9-7-2 this season. Furman falls to 5-8-4 this year.

Clemson scored first at the 23:20 mark as Charlie Roberts scored from close range for his fourth goal of the season. Landy Mattison crossed the ball from the left to Roberts who scored on a header.

Furman tied the score in the 41st minute. Clint Dempsey converted on a penalty kick for his fifth goal of the year.

The Paladins took a 2-1 lead at the 50:16 point in the game. Clint Dempsey took a shot and Clemson’s goalkeeper made a diving save to his right and the ball rolled to the center and Ryan Nesbitt knocked the ball in from close range for his first goal of the year.

Clemson tied the score at the 66:23 mark as Chase Hilgenbrinck took a 30-yard shot that went into the upper right corner of the goal.

The Tigers took a 3-2 lead in the 76th minute. Stuart Holden took a shot that hit the right post. Roberts collected the rebound and headed the ball in from six yards out.

Clemson will start play in the ACC Tournament at the SAS Soccer Park at Cary, NC on Wednesday November 12.

“I am happy with the win,” said Clemson Head Coach Trevor Adair. “I want to commend Furman for a fine game-they fought hard. Today we honored a great group of seniors (Chase Hilgenbrinck, Eric Riddleberger, Nick Rivera, and Paul Souders). . They have meant so much to the program. They are good citizens and have represented the university well. I am happy with the play of Charlie Roberts. He has scored five goals in the last four games. We moved him to midfield and he has responded well. He is fit and has recovered from his ankle injury.

Chase Hilgenbrinck had a nice goal and that got us back in the game. We believe we can win the conference. We need to keep eliminating mistakes.”

Clemson-Charlie Roberts (Landy Mattison) 23:20

Furman-Clint Dempsey (Penalty Kick) 40:41

Furman-Ryan Nesbitt (Clint Dempsey) 50:16

Clemson-Chase Hilgenbrinck (Unassisted) 66:23

Clemson-Charlie Roberts (Stuart Holden) 75:25

Shots: Clemson 18, Furman 6

Corner Kicks: Clemson 3, Furman 2

Saves: Phil Marfuggi (CU) 2, Alex Maslow (F) 7

Fouls: Clemson 21, Furman 17

Attendance: 1,110