Oct. 4, 2009
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CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s soccer team fell to ninth-ranked Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon at Historic Riggs Field by a score of 3-0. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 3-9 (0-4 ACC), while the Demon Deacons improve to 9-2-1 (1-1-1 ACC.)
The Tigers played with just 10 players on the field for 81 minutes after senior midfielder Katie Vogel was ejected in the ninth minute after receiving her second yellow card of the game. Even playing down one player, Clemson did not give up a goal to the Demon Deacons until the 41st minute, when Jordan Feger netted a goal to give Wake Forest a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
After a first-half injury to starting goalkeeper Paula Pritzen, the Tigers started junior backup Marci Elpers in the second half. Elpers gave up just two goals to the aggressive Wake Forest offense, which took 20 shots in the game. Feger and Kaley Fountain netted second-half goals for the Demon Deacons.
“We have talked as a team about fighting for 90 minutes,” said Head Coach Hershey Strosberg. “The fact that for 80 of the 90 minutes the girls had to play down a player, I was especially proud of how well they fought and fought together as a team.
“It’s very tough to play a player down, but we were still able to do some good things at times during the game. It was definitely an uphill climb. I was pleased with the play of Marci Elpers in goal. She is a selfless warrior day-in and day-out and is always ready to serve the team. She did exactly that today.”
Clemson will travel to Coral Gables, FL to face Miami on Friday, October 9. The game between the Tigers and the Hurricanes is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM at Cobb Stadium.
Clemson 0, #9 Wake Forest 3
Game Summary Goals: Wake Forest – Feger (from Sadow) 40:47 Wake Forest – Feger (from Hutchinson) 49:58 Wake Forest – Fountain (unassisted) 62:34 Saves – Pritzen (CU) 3, Elpers (CU) 2, Barasha (WFU) 1 Shots – Clemson 2, Wake Forest 20 Corner Kicks – Clemson 1, Wake Forest 9 Fouls – Clemson 7, Wake Forest 12
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