Aug. 15, 2009
ATLANTA, GA – The Clemson women’s soccer team defeated Alabama 4-0 in an exhibition game played at the Tophat Soccer Club fields in Atlanta, GA on Saturday afternoon. Four different players scored goals in the Tiger victory.
Senior midfielder Molly Franklin put the Tigers on the board in the 12th minute of the game. The play began with a long free kick from sophomore defender Tara Cort settled the pass from Bass and tapped it over to Franklin, who sent the ball into the goal to the lower right of the Alabama goalkeeper.
Less than three minutes into the second half, with a good defensive play Cort picked off a pass meant for an Alabama player. She dribbled down the field and tucked the ball into the goal to the keepers’ lower left for Clemson’s second goal of the day.
Freshman midfielder Kate Biggerstaff and junior forward Samantha Fortier scored the Tigers’ third and fourth goal, respectively, in the final 25 minutes of the game.
Clemson’s back line consisting of junior Stefanie Schroeder, sophomores K.K. Duffy and freshman Paula Pritzen, held the Crimson Tide scoreless in the game.
“Our back line did a great job of limiting Alabama’s chances,” said head coach Stefanie Schroeder played very consistently. She has been working hard and doing a great job of leading the back line all preseason.
“Today’s game was definitely a positive step for us to build on,” Strosberg continued. “We had a lot of people play well, and more importantly, we played well as a team.
“We played a complete game today, which is something we’ve really been focusing on. Still, we know we have a lot of work to do. It’s very early in the season and we will continue to be tested.”
Clemson will open the 2009 regular season on Saturday, August 22 when the team will play host to Wofford. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM at Riggs Field.
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