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Sep 17, 2018

Clemson Hosts Furman in Midweek Matchup

CLEMSON, S.C. – After a nine-day break from action thanks in part to Hurricane Florence, the Clemson men’s soccer team is set for two home matches this week, with the first being when Furman travels to Historic Riggs Field for a Tuesday evening matchup.

Furman Match Information
Who: Clemson Tigers (3-2-1; 0-1-0 ACC) vs. Furman Paladins (3-3-0, 0-0-0 SoCon)
When: Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.
Where: Historic Riggs Field // Clemson, S.C.
Live Stats:

Clemson Notes:

  • The Tigers have not played since Sept. 9 after Hurricane Florence forced a postponement of their matchup with Syracuse from last Friday to Oct. 23.
  • Clemson’s most recent action was in a two-match roadtrip to Massachusetts, a stint during which the Tigers fell, 3-2, to Boston College in the teams’ ACC opener and forced a 0-0 tie at UMass.
  • Six different Tigers have each scored a goal this season: Patrick Bunk-Andersen, Tanner Dieterich, Malick Mbaye, John Murphy Jr., Adrian Nuñez and Kimarni Smith. Grayson Barber, Andrew Burnikel and Chris Matlashewski have all added an assist.
  • Keeper Jonny Sutherland played every minute of the Tigers’ first five matches in goal, totaling 12 saves against five goals allowed. George Marks made his collegiate debut against UMass, playing all 110 minutes of the double-overtime match and saving two shots while allowing no goals.
  • Sutherland’s three solo shutouts are tied for first in the ACC with North Carolina’s James Pyle, NC State’s Leon Krapf and Virginia’s Colin Shutler.
  • Sutherland was named to the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List as one of just four goalkeepers on the 32-player list.
  • Clemson received votes in the Sept. 11 iteration of the United Soccer Coaches poll.
  • The Tigers are led by team captains Bunk-Andersen and Dieterich.

Furman Notes:

  • Furman most recently saw action on Sept. 11 in a come-from-behind 2-1 home win over the South Carolina Gamecocks. Junior Jack Shiels scored on a header in the 81stminute, and fellow junior Emery May added a goal of his own just 46 seconds later to seal the Paladin victory.
  • Aside from Shiels and May, three other Paladins have found the back of the net this season: senior Danny Kierath (1), junior Rocky Guerra (1) and 2017 SoCon Player-of-the-Year, senior Laurence Wyke (1). Kierath and May have each assisted on a goal as well, giving them a team-leading three points each.
  • Redshirt sophomore keeper Ben Hale has played all 540 minutes of Furman’s six matches in goal this year, allowing five goals against 25 saves.

Series Notes:

  • The Tigers defeated the Paladins by a score of 3-0 in the two teams’ last meeting, which was hosted by Furman in 2015. Furman had won the three prior matchups (2011, 2012, 2013), two of which were hosted at Historic Riggs Field, and all three were one-goal victories.
  • Dating all the way back to 1934, Clemson leads the overall series 40-12-3.

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