April 1, 2009
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s soccer team finally beat the odds against inclement weather and played its first game of the spring season against a solid Mercer squad on Sunday, March 29. The Tigers defeated the Bears by a score of 2-1 on the windy day at Riggs Field.
The game was fairly even, with each team scoring its first goal on an opportunistic play. Both teams had several quality scoring chances, and the game came down to a midfield battle that would be won by the team able to control the flow of the game.
Molly Franklin scored a goal apiece for the Tigers, while Marci Elpers and Paula Pritzen split time in goal. With Clemson leading 2-1 late in the game, Mercer had its best chance to even the score when Pritzen made an excellent save to her low left that allowed the Tigers to keep their advantage and win the game.
“For our first game of the spring there were several positives and plenty that we can take away from this game in terms of growing,” said head coach Hershey Strosberg. “The team has been working hard this spring and while we have made some significant strides, we have a much higher standard set for ourselves.”
The Tigers return to action this Saturday, April 4 when they play host to East Carolina at 1:00 p.m. at Riggs Field.
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