CLEMSON, S.C. – Four goals by four different players and three assists by junior Shannon Horgan lifted the 13th-ranked Clemson women’s soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Syracuse on Thursday night at Historic Riggs Field. With the win, the Tigers improved to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in the ACC, while the Orange fell to 7-2-2 (0-1-1 ACC).
“It was nice to get a win in our ACC home opener, and against a very good, well-coached Syracuse team that was coming off a good result with Notre Dame,” said Head Coach Eddie Radwanski. “The thing we talked about at halftime was being patient and lifting our quality in the final third. I thought we scored some very nice goals as we started to open it up. We got our passing game going and the momentum really swung our way.”
In the first half, Clemson controlled play offensively, leading the Orange 16-2 in shots, including 5-1 in shots on goal, but the Tigers were not able to capitalize in the opening 45. Clemson quickly remedied that in the second half, scoring three goals in the first 12 minutes of play. Senior Catrina Atanda netted the first in the 49th minute, her ninth goal of the season, and was assisted by junior Shannon Horgan and sophomore Miranda Weslake.
Freshman Julie Mackin scored on a header in the 54th minute. It was the second goal of the season for the rookie, the first since the Tigers’ season opener at Auburn on Aug. 19. Senior Jenna Polonsky and Horgan assisted Mackin on the goal. Just three minutes later, senior Claire Wagner picked up her fourth goal of the season. Sophomore Sam Staab assisted Wagner, along with Horgan, who tallied her third assist of the day on the play. Junior Jeni Erickson capped off the scoring in the 87th minute with her first goal of the season, with assists by Atanda and Staab.
Senior Kailen Sheridan posted three saves and earned the win in goal, along with her first solo shutout of the season.
Clemson returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 25 as it hosts North Carolina in a 1 p.m. match at Historic Riggs Field.
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