May 20, 2009
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s soccer program announced its 2009 schedule on Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers will play 10 games at home at Riggs Field and nine on the road under second-year head coach Hershey Strosberg. Eleven of the team’s 19 opponents advanced to the 2008 NCAA Tournament and seven of the 11 won at least one game in the national tournament.
“Our staff and players are excited about the 2009 schedule that we have put together,” said Strosberg. “A challenging series of road games to open the season will lead us into the Carolina’s Cup at Clemson. Playing a tough Georgia team at home before heading into the ACC schedule will present us with many opportunities to see where this group is at and how we have grown over the last year and a half.”
The Tigers will open the season with an exhibition game against Alabama in Atlanta on Saturday, August 15. Clemson will begin the regular season at home against Wofford on Saturday, August 22 before hitting the road for two weeks to face UNC Asheville, UAB, Northeastern and Florida Atlantic. The Northeastern and FAU games will be played in Athens, GA on September 4 and 6, respectively.
The team will return to Clemson to play host to South Carolina and Furman in the Carolina’s Cup on September 11 and 13, respectively. It will be the first time since the 2005 season, when the Carolina’s Cup was last held in Clemson, that the Tigers have played host to a tournament.
Clemson will face 2008 NCAA Tournament participant Georgia at Riggs Field on Friday, September 18. The Tigers will then play host to Presbyterian on Sunday, September 20 in their final contest prior to beginning the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule.
Four of the Tigers’ first five conference games will be played on the road, beginning with a weekend trip to the state of Virginia, where they will face Virginia Tech on September 24 in Blacksburg and Virginia on September 27 in Charlottesville. Clemson will meet N.C. State in Raleigh on October 1 before returning home to face Wake Forest on Sunday, October 4 at Riggs Field. The team will then travel to Coral Gables, FL for an October 9 meeting against Miami.
Clemson will then play host to four consecutive ACC contests at home, including Florida State on Thursday, October 15 and Duke on Sunday, October 18. The Seminoles and Blue Devils both reached the NCAA Elite Eight in 2008. The Tigers will face Maryland on Thursday, October 22 and Boston College on Sunday, October 25. The Sunday game against the Eagles will be the team’s final home game and the program will honor its five seniors.
The Tigers will close the league and regular season on the road in Chapel Hill, NC where they will face defending national champion North Carolina on October 30.
The 2009 ACC Championships will once again be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC. The site has played host to the league tournament six of the last seven seasons. The tournament will begin on Wednesday, November 4, and will conclude with the championship game on Sunday, November 8.
Complete 2009 Clemson Women’s Soccer Schedule
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