CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson women’s soccer team found great success once again in the 2021 campaign, earning an NCAA Tournament bid for an eighth consecutive season and 22nd time in the program’s 27 seasons. Head Coach Eddie Radwanski closed his 11th season at the helm of the program, as Clemson finished the season 12-7-1 and finished just outside the United Soccer Coaches Top-25.
The Tigers scored 52 goals, ranking 16th nationally, ranked second nationally at 3.25 assists per game and finished fifth in the nation in total assists (65) and points per game (8.45).
The 2021 team, which consisted of nine true freshmen, cemented six wins in the ACC and finished fifth in the nation’s top conference, which saw six teams ranked in the final USC poll and the National Champion. The Tigers have tallied at least five wins in conference play in four consecutive seasons.
The Tigers enjoyed a great start to the season in their non-conference schedule with wins over Saint Francis, Loyola (MD), College of Charleston, Gardner-Webb and No. 12 South Carolina, marking the third straight win over the Gamecocks. Clemson continued its hot streak in ACC play, taking down No. 19 Pitt and NC State to extend their winning streak to five, a season high. The Tigers also took down Miami, Syracuse, No. 17 Virginia Tech, Boston College and tied Louisville to round out the regular season. Clemson’s eight goals against Syracuse were tied for the most in the nation against any power five team this season.
For the eighth consecutive year, the Tigers heard their name called in the NCAA Selection Show to host Alabama at Historic Riggs Field. The Tide scored early in the third minute, but the Tigers battled in the remainder of the match, registering 20 shots to the Tide’s nine. Despite a tremendous effort, the Tigers were unable to find the equalizer, finalizing the 2021 season.
Megan Bornkamp shined in her second season with the Tigers and first in the center back position. After registering 10 goals, 10 assists and 30 points, she was named a United Soccer Coaches Third-Team All-American for the second time in her career along with being named First Team All-ACC, First Team All-Atlantic Region, ACC All-Tournament Team, Preseason All-ACC and CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. Bornkamp became the first women’s soccer player in school history to earn All-America honors in each of her first two seasons.
Junior midfielder Hal Hershfelt saw great success this season for the Tigers after being named to the All-ACC Second Team and United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-Atlantic Region for the first time in her career. Hershfelt previously received All ACC Third-Team and United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-Atlantic Region honors in her freshman campaign. Hershfelt saw career highs with seven goals and 17 points on the season and was a dominant presence in Clemson’s midfield.
Makenna Morris was an integral part of Clemson’s success this year and helped primarily on the offensive end of the ball for the first time in her career. Morris was named Third Team All ACC and United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-Atlantic Region after registering six goals, nine assists and 21 points. She recorded her first ever brace and a career-high five points in the season opener against Saint Francis. Morris was one of only 24 players to be invited to train with the U-20 US Women’s National Team following the end of the season.
Senior Renee Guion saved her best season for last as she tied a program record for most assists in a single season with 13 and tied the program record for the second time in her career for most assists in a match with four against College of Charleston. She led the ACC in assists and assists per game. Guion played and started in all 20 matches for the Tigers and set the program record for most games played with 101.
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