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Oct 16, 2018

Clemson Edged By Coastal Carolina


CLEMSON, S.C. – A Chanticleer goal midway through the first half proved to be the only scoring despite a contest that saw 26 total shots, as Coastal Carolina edged the Clemson men’s soccer team 1-0 on Tuesday night at Historic Riggs Field. With the loss, Clemson fell to 5-7-1 overall, while Coastal improved to 6-4-0 on the season.

Yazeed Matthews scored his team-leading fifth goal in the 24thminute to give the Chanticleers the early lead, netting a short shot at the near post off a feed from Tyrone Mondi. Clemson had a good chance to tie it up in the 37th minute when Robbie Robinson laced a curling shot from 10 yards out, but Coastal keeper Chris Dattalo was there to make the save, one of his seven for the match.

It was Robinson again who had another good tying look in the 56th minute, taking a shot from the top of the box, but Dattalo made a diving save, and the same resulted on another Robinson shot three minutes later. Kimarni Smith, Quinn McNeill and John Murphy Jr. also worked their way to open shots later in the second half, but one went wide, one was saved and one hit the far post, respectively.

“Obviously, it’s frustrating when you can’t get a ball in the goal,” head coach Mike Noonan said. “We had a lapse in concentration, and Coastal defended very well to have the goal hold up. Again, there’s been a lot of disappointment, but we’ll find a way through.”

Clemson hits the road for its final away match of the 2018 regular season on Saturday at No. 10 Louisville. Kickoff against the Cardinals is set for 7 p.m. at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.

Photos by: Carl Ackerman, Taryn Carroll, and Jai Black

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