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Clemson Women’s Soccer Defeats Georgia 1-0 in Exhibition Action

Aug. 25, 2007

Clemson, SC – The 19th-ranked Clemson women’s soccer team wrapped up preseason play with a 1-0 victory over the University of Georgia at Historic Riggs Field on Saturday night.

The Lady Tigers scored the lone goal of the match in the 44th minute of play when junior defender Molly Johnson headed the ball past the Georgia goalkeeper off of a free kick from sophomore Molly Franklin. The play was set up after a Georgia foul. Franklin crossed the ball to Johnson in the box, who then headed the ball into the lower corner for the game’s only goal.

Clemson senior goalkeeper Ashley Phillips was solid in the net, recording a shutout and making five saves on Georgia’s seven total shots. The Lady Tigers took 16 shots, six of which were on goal. Each of Georgia’s three keepers played one-third of the game, with senior Beth Kleuter allowing the goal.

“At this stage of the season the result is nice, but we are more concerned with performance,” said Head Coach Todd Bramble. “There are a lot of aspects of our game to feel good about, but we also have some things that we need to accomplish on both sides of the ball.”

“It was great to see Molly Johnson score her first career goal and I thought Molly Franklin played a great game tonight. I was also impressed with the play of Stefanie Schroeder. She did a great job coming in under pressure after the injury to Logan Hull.”

The Lady Tigers will open the 2007 regular season next Friday, August 31 against Liberty. The match is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. at Riggs Field and will be followed by the Clemson men’s soccer match against South Carolina at 7:30 p.m.