CLEMSON, S.C. – The second-ranked Clemson men’s soccer team played its second of its three-match home slate, resulting in a 1-0 win over eighth-ranked Creighton on Friday night at Historic Riggs Field. Junior Oliver Shannon’s lone goal was enough to lead the Tigers.
In just the first minute of play, Shannon found himself behind Creighton’s back four from a through ball played by senior Iman Mafi beyond midfield, leading to an early goal from six yards out for the Tigers and his first goal of the season. Creighton looked to counter attack, but the Clemson defense held strong. Sophomore Ximo Miralles had a spectacular save on Creighton’s only quality chance of the first half, leading the Tigers to a 1-0 lead heading into the half.
In the second half, both teams had their fair share of opportunities with both teams hitting the woodwork. Miralles was tested, pushing shots high and wide to keep the score at 1-0 for the Tigers. As play continued, the possession went back and forth between the two sides heading into the final ten minutes of the match. With three minutes left to play, Campos had the opportunity to put the game away, but Creighton’s goalkeeper made a great save after the ball went between his legs. The Clemson defense held strong and helped propel the Tigers to a 1-0 win over No. 8 Creighton.
“I am very pleased with the win tonight, the crowd was fantastic and carried us through the final minutes of a tough match. Character wins one-goal games and we showed that this evening,” said Head Coach Mike Noonan. “We have a long way to go, but it was a complete effort. Creighton is a great team, and this is a great win for us and our program.”
In the match, Clemson and Creighton both had ten shots, and the Tigers had a total of six shots on target. Miralles played the full 90 minutes, recording his second win of the 2016 campaign and his first career shutout as a Clemson Tiger.
Clemson hosts North Carolina in its ACC opener on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Historic Riggs Field. The game is set to be played directly after the First Friday Parade. Tickets may be purchased at the gate before the match, or online at ClemsonTigers.com.
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