Clemson, S.C. – The Clemson Tigers closed out their preseason with a convincing 3-0 victory over Presbyterian College on Saturday night at Historic Riggs Field. The match saw the Tigers dominate the Blue Hose in all facets of the game from the opening whistle to the final touch. Clemson had eight different players record a shot on goal en route to a 20-4 shot differential.
The match showcased the defensive front for Clemson communicating while also protecting the 18-yard box throughout the match. The midfield was dominated by the Tigers, as the team spent 67 percent of the match in the midfield zones. The attacking force for the Tigers was potent, with the pace of play upfront and service from the sides proving instrumental to the team’s success.
After the match, Head coach Mike Noonan said the message to the team following a successful preseason would be, “To stay grounded. We need to stay grounded, keep to your task and we need to practice better. This team has the focus and concentration to get better.”
The Tigers will have five days to prepare for the opening of their regular season, as they will host South Carolina on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. The Tigers will look to extend the five-game win streak against the Gamecocks. The match, which will be played at Historic Riggs Field, is the start of the Palmetto series between the two schools.
Clemson will look forward to starting their season at home, something which Noonan recognized as an important factor to the result of Saturday evening’s match. “For an exhibition game, this was a really nice crowd. It’s pretty special to be here,” said Noonan.
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