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Clemson Women’s Soccer Team Defeats Wofford 4-0 in Home Opener

Clemson Women’s Soccer Team Defeats Wofford 4-0 in Home Opener

Aug. 22, 2009

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CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s soccer team defeated Wofford by a score of 4-0 in its season and home opening game on Saturday night at Historic Riggs Field. Freshman forward Maddy Elder scored two of the Tigers’ four goals in the victory.

Clemson took a 1-0 lead into halftime after scoring on a penalty kick taken by senior midfielder Molly Franklin. Junior forward Judea Davis was taken down in the box, which resulted in the penalty kick opportunity for the Tigers.

The Tigers’ second goal of the game was netted by Elder in the 55th minute of play. Sophomore midfielder Sarah Jacobs sent the ball in from the wide left to Elder, who was waiting near the top of the box to send her first career goal into the net.

Less than two minutes later, another freshman, Callie Cavanaugh, put Clemson’s third goal on the board. Cavanaugh was standing inside the box on a Tiger free kick, which bounced off a Wofford defender and directly to the freshman, who was able to turn and put the ball in the net.

Elder scored her second goal of the game, season and her career in the 61st minute. She dribbled up the field past a Wofford defender and shot the unassisted goal by the Terrier keeper.

“It is nice to get a win, especially in our home opener,” said Tiger head coach Hershey Strosberg. “At halftime, we decided as a team that our play in the first half was not our best effort, and we came out in the second half and played better. We scored some good goals, but we definitely need to be more organized and dangerous offensively on a consistent basis.

“As a team, our mentality and focus are different from what they were last year. This year we are more experienced and have a better understanding of what we want to do. We are not there yet, but we are closer than we were last year.”

Clemson will now hit the road for four consecutive games. The Tigers will face UNC-Asheville in Asheville, NC on Friday, August 28 at 4:00 PM.

Clemson 4, Wofford 0

Game Summary Goals: Clemson – Franklin (penalty kick) 9:49 Clemson – Elder (from Jacobs) 54:16 Clemson – Cavanaugh (unassisted) 55:44 Clemson – Elder (unassisted) 60:03 Saves – Pritzen (CU) 1, Christensen (WC) 4 Shots – Clemson 17, Wofford 2 Corner Kicks – Clemson 3, Wofford 2 Fouls – Clemson 8, Wofford 9