Sept. 5, 2003
John DiRaimondo scored the eventual game-winner at the 50:10 mark as St. Louis defeated Clemson on Friday at the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational.
The two teams battled to a scoreless first half. Both teams had opportunities to score, but were unable to net a goal. In the 13th minute, Andre Borges beat three defenders on his way to the goal, but as he entered the penalty the ball was cleared away by a defender.
St. Louis had its first opportunity to score just nine minutes later. Ryan Wileman sent a through ball to John DiRaimondo that got behind the Clemson defense. Clemson goalkeeper Phil Marfuggi came off his line, and forced DiRaimondo to push his shot wide off the far post.
Clemson had another chance to score at the 37 minute mark as midfielder Justin Moore blasted a 30-yard shot that sailed just wide of the right post.
St. Louis opened the scoring at the 50:10 mark as DiRaimondo scored his second goal of the season off an assist from Casey Spiess. The play was set up as Spiess took the ball to the endline, and then passed the ball along the ground toward the far post. DiRaimondo’s first touch found the back of the net.
The Billikens extended their lead at the 71:51 mark as Will John sent a cross to the far post that Vedad Ibisevic volleyed into the back of the net.
“I thought that we really started out well,” said head coach Trevor Adair. “But it is frustrating to play well and not finish and score goals. We are getting some good experience for our young guys, and hopefully on Sunday we can come out and play well and get a win.”
With the loss Clemson falls to 1-2 on the season. The Tigers return to action on Sunday when they face South Florida at noon.
SLU – John DiRaimondo (Casey Spiess assist) – 50:10
SLU – Vedad Ibisevic (Will John assist) – 71:51
Shots: CLEM – 14; SLU – 17
Saves: CLEM – 3; SLU – 4
Corner Kicks: CLEM – 9; SLU – 7
Fouls: CLEM – 9; SLU – 20
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