Nov. 26, 2000
Clemson, S.C. — Cesar Cuellar scored on a bicycle kick from 15 yards in front of the goal with 3:42 left in the first overtime, bringing Connecticut to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Clemson in the second round of the NCAA men’s soccer tournament at Riggs Field at Clemson, SC.
Clemson held a 1-0 lead with 24:46 left in the match when the Tigers Oskar Bringsved was called for his second yellow card of the game. That meant an ejection and the Tigers were forced to play with just 10 men the remainder of the game.
Clemson’s defense was outstanding over the next 20 minutes, holding the Huskies out of the scoring column. But, at the 86:26 mark, Donny Mark scored just his second goal of the seaason for the Huskies. The senior from Minnesota took a shot from 22 yards out straight in front of the goal. The ball was deflected by Clemson goal keeper Doug Warren, but rolled into the left corner of the Clemson goal to tie the score. Chris Gbandi was credited with an assist on the play.
The contest went into overtime where Cuellar made the game winner. He beat Clemson goal keeper Doug Warren, who was outstanding all day. He had 10 saves, a season high and was a reason the game went into overtime even though Clemson played the last 25 minutes of regulation down a man.
This was the sixth all-time meeting between Clemson and UCONN, two soccer powers who both claimed National Championships in the sport in the 1980s. Clemson won the crown in 1984 and 1987, while UCONN won the title in 1981. It was the first meeting in NCAA play however.
The two teams met in an exhibition game at UCONN on August 26th, a 3-0 UCONN win.
Clemson took a 1-0 lead just 8:59 into the match when Mark Lisi scored his 15th goal of the season. Lisi took a pass from Pablo Webster inside the goal keeper box and beat UCONN goal keeper Bryheem Hancock to the short side, the left side of the goal with a ground ball. It was just the 13th goal allowed by Hancock all season.
Lisi, a national player of the year candidate, has now scored at least one goal in 11 of the last 15 games and has all 15 of his goals this year during that time. The first-team All-ACC player missed the first three games of the year due to injury. Webster’s assist was his 13th of the season, best on the Clemson team. Webster now has seven assists in his last five games.
UCONN had its chances in the first half. They actually outshot Clemson 8-7 in the first 45 minutes of play. Their best chance came with 31:07 left in the first half. Cesar Cuellar , a freshman from Bolivia and the leading scorer for Ray Reid’s Huskie team, let go with a rifle shot from 20 yards out that hit the cross bar, shaking the entire goal and drawing a reaction from the crowd. The ball bounced back in play where Clemson recovered.
Connecticut had another chance with 25:40 left in the half when Edwin Rivera came in strong from the right side and his left footed shot from the left side was tipped away by Clemson goal keeper Doug Warren.
1. CLEMSON-Mark Lisi (Pablo Webster), 8:59 2. UCONN-Donny Mark (Chris Gbandi), 86:26 3. UCONN-Cesar Cuellar (unassisted), 101:18Shots: Clemson 10, UCONN 26Corner Kicks: Clemson 5, UCONN 7Saves: Warren (CU) 11, Hancock (UCONN) 1Fouls: Clemson 20, UCONN 14Offsides: Clemson 4, UCONN 0Attendance: 1,260
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