Aug. 29, 2006
Clemson, SC-Seniors Dane Richards and Frederico Moojen scored two goals apiece and Hector Quintanar assisted three times to lead fifth-ranked Clemson to an 8-1 victory over Georgia State Tuesday night in the Tigers home opener at Historic Riggs Field. Clemson improved to 2-0 with the victory while Georgia State fell to 0-2.
Clemson’s eight goals are the most by a Tiger team since October 9, 2002 when Clemson defeated Wofford 8-0. The eight goals tied for the fourth most goals scored by Clemson under Adair (since 1995). Combined with Clemson’s 4-3 win over South Carolina on Friday night, Clemson has now scored 12 goals in its first two games, the most goals Clemson has scored in the first two games of the season since 1996 when Clemson also had 12 in the first two games of the year. It is the first time since 2000 that Clemson has scored at least four goals in each of the first two games of the year.
“For our home opener I was disappointed in the way we played in the first half, ” said Clemson Head Coach Trevor Adair. “But, we took control in the second half. Maybe I need to give my halftime speeches at the beginning of the game. We need to learn to defend as a team all over the field for the entire game.
“When you do you score goals like we did in the second half. We were sharp around the box in the second half. I am glad we got to play a lot of people and it shows we have a lot of depth this year.”
Richards and Moojen appear to be in a scoring challenge of their own this year. Richards, who was the ACC Player of the Week for last week, now has two goals in each of the first two games. Moojen, with his pair of goals on Tuesday night, now has three for the season. Quintanar, who had a goal and an assist in the win over South Carolina, now has a team best four assists this season.
Adair used 21 players in the match and 10 either scored a goal or registered an assist.
The match was close for the first half. Richards scored on a penalty kick just 2:25 into the match after forward mate Moojen was fouled in the box. But, Georgia State came right back at the 5:24 mark when Dathan Knott scored from in front after a long pass from the corner from Joe Devito. There was no further scoring in the half.
Clemson scored just 1:18 into the second half on the first career goal by Nathan Thornton. The Tigers then scored five goals within the 60th and 70th minute to put the game on ice. Three of the goals, one by Moojen, one by Richards and one by Danny Poe, came just 1:58 apart. Freshman Emanuel Twum closed the scoring at the 82:30 mark when he stole the ball in front the goal and scored.
Clemson will next be in action this weekend at the Memphis Invitational.
Clemson will play Memphis on Friday night at 7:30 PM, then face Oral Roberts on Sunday at 5:00 PM. Clemson’s next home match is Friday, September 8 against Maryland at 7:00 PM.
Clemson 8, Georgia State 1
CU-Richards (penalty Kick) 2:25
GS-Knott (Devito), 5:24
CU-Thornton (Quintanar, Buchhlolz), 46:42
CU-Moojen (O’Hara, Quintanar) 60:06
CU-Bell (Quintanar), 60:57
CU-Moojen (Buchholz, Poe), 67;59
CU-Richards (Unassisted), 68:51
CU-Poe (Bonfim), 69:57
CU-Twum (Unassisted), 82:30
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