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Oct 11, 2018

Clemson Hosts No. 14 Virginia on Friday

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson men’s soccer team is set for its first Friday home match since Sept. 21 when the No. 14 Virginia Cavaliers visit Historic Riggs Field tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Virginia Match Information
Who: Clemson Tigers (5-5-1; 0-4-0 ACC) vs. No. 14 Virginia Cavaliers (7-1-2, 2-1-1 ACC)
When: Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.
Where: Historic Riggs Field // Clemson, S.C.
Live Stats:

Clemson Notes:

  • Clemson most recently saw action last Friday night in a 2-1 double overtime loss at Pitt. Quinn McNeill netted the Tigers’ lone goal in the 38th minute after Charlie Asensio found him in front of the goal with a cross from the left side, and McNeill capitalized for his second score of the season.
  • Adrian Nuñez leads the team with five goals on the year, good for 10 points and tied for sixth-best in the conference. However, the Tigers have had a variety of players contributing to scoring this season, with 15 players tallying at least one point so far.
  • Aside from Nuñez and McNeill, seven Tigers have all found the back of the net at least once this season: Tanner Dieterich (2), Grayson Barber (1), Patrick Bunk-Andersen (1), Andrew Burnikel (1), Malick Mbaye (1), John Murphy Jr. (1) and Kimarni Smith (1).
  • Asensio, Barber, Burnikel, Nate Hall, Johnny Heckman, Justin Malou, Chris Matlashewski, Smith and Cale Thorne have all added at least one assist.
  • Keeper Jonny Sutherland has seen the majority of action in goal for the Tigers, totaling 20 saves against 11 goals allowed in 707 minutes over 8 matches. However, George Marks has also seen time, playing all 110 minutes of the Tigers’ double-overtime match against UMass as his collegiate debut in addition to every minute of Clemson’s last two matches (College of Charleston, Pitt). Through the three matches, Marks has allowed three goals against six saves. Nolan Lennon played the final 11 minutes of the Tigers’ Sept. 18 match against Furman and allowed one goal.
  • The Tigers are led by team captains Bunk-Andersen and Dieterich.

Virginia Notes:

  • The Cavaliers most recently saw action in a 3-0 defeat of then-ranked No. 5 Denver at Klöckner Stadium on Monday night. Freshman forward Daryl Dike scored two of the Cavaliers’ goals, with a third added by senior forward Simeon Okoro. The Cavalier defense limited the Pioneer offense, boasting a No. 8 national ranking at the time as well as the nation’s leading scorer, to just two shots for the match.
  • Freshman forward Cabrel Happi Kamseu leads Virginia with four goals on the year, good for eight points.
  • Aside from Dike, Okoro and Happi Kamseu, four other Cavaliers have found the back of the net this season: Nathaniel Crofts (2), Joe Bell (1), Aboubacar Keita (1) and Kennedy Nwabia (1).
  • Redshirt sophomore keeper Colin Shutler has played all 940 minutes of the Cavaliers’ 10 matches in goal. He has allowed just four goals against 33 saves, good for a conference-leading .892 save percentage. Shutler also leads the conference in goals against average (0.38) and shutouts, posting clean sheets in seven matches this season.

Series Notes:

  • The Tigers and Cavaliers most recently met in September of 2016, a match that ended in a 3-3 overtime tie at Klöckner Stadium.
  • The last time the two teams played at Historic Riggs Field was in 2014, and the Tigers emerged with a 2-1 win.
  • Clemson holds a 3-0-1 advantage over Virginia over the last four meetings in the series.
  • Eight of the last 11 meetings have seen shutouts by one of the teams, with three being by Clemson and five by Virginia
  • Dating back to 1968, Virginia holds a slight lead in the overall series, with a 27-24-6 record over Clemson.

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