Clemson Ties Top-Ranked Indiana, 1-1

Clemson Ties Top-Ranked Indiana, 1-1

Sept. 1, 2002

BLOOMINGTON, IN. — The top-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team tied for the second straight night in the Indiana/adidas Classic Saturday playing to a double overtime 1-1 draw, against ninth-ranked Clemson (1-0-1). As a result of beating Butler on Friday, the Tigers walked away with the championships in the 20th edition of the adidas/Indiana Classic.

Indiana is ranked first in both the Soccer America and NSCAA polls. Clemson is ranked ninth by the NSCAA and eighth by Soccer America.

“It was a heck of a game tonight,” Indiana head coach Jerry Yeagley said. “It was two teams battling tooth and nail. I thought we had the better chances in the game, but their goalkeeper (Doug Warren) also came up very big. “

The Hoosiers didn’t waste any time getting on the board. In the eighth minute of play senior Ryan Mack scored from the 10-yards out, placing the ball into the upper right hand corner. Fellow classmate Pat Noonan assisted on the goal. The goal was Mack’s first in two seasons after he sat out last season with an ACL tear.

Clemson knotted the score at one, when Classic Offensive MVP Paul Souders scored from 20 yards out in the 18th minute. Dimelon Westfield assisted on the goal, bringing his classic point total to four.

The score remained even despite three golden opportunities. In the first overtime, sophomore Ned Grabavoy and senior Michael Bock both put solid shots on goal, but were denied. The best shot of all may have come with 2:30 remaining in the second overtime when Noonan took a cross and put it on goal. Clemson keeper Doug Warren made an unbelievable diving stop to preserve the tie. Warren finished the game with six saves.

“We played well defensively and really answered some questions,” Yeagley said. “We expected our offense to be strong, but it kind of sputtered and that will happen. Again, I was pleased with our performance, but we can’t be satisfied with not winning.”

Indiana out-shot the Tigers 12 to 5, including putting half of their own attempts on goal. For the weekend, the Hoosier defense solidified itself, allowing only one goal in 220 minutes of action.

“This was a great exhibition for college soccer,” Clemson head coach Trevor Adair said. I thought this was a fair and reasonable outcome. We new it would not be easy. This is not an easy place to play at. Indiana is a great team, and they have the things that we want (in our team).”

With the tie, the Hoosiers are now 0-0-2 on the year, while the Tigers are 1-0-1. Senior captain John Swann was named the Indiana/adidas Classic Defensive MVP. The all-tournament team was comprised of: Butler’s Nick Pantazi, Mike Mariscalco, Grant Berry; Rutger’s Guy Abrahamson and Josh Gros; Clemson’s Souders, Warren, Fabio Tambosi, and Eric Lewis ; and Indiana’s Swann and Phil Presser. Pantazi from Butler was awarded the Fair Play Award by the officials of the classic.

Clemson 1, Indiana 1

Indiana – Ryan Mack (Pat Noonan) 7:58Clemson – Paul Souders (Dimelon Westfield) 17:49

Shots: Clemson 5, Indiana 12 Corner Kicks: Clemson 4, Indiana 5 Saves: Doug Warren (CU) 6, Jay Nolly (IU) 3 Fouls: Clemson 28, Indiana 13 Attendance: 3,535