March 17, 2003
Greenville, SC – The men’s soccer team defeated upstate rival Furman 3-1 last Tuesday evening, March 11, at Furman University.
The first half saw many classic moments as both teams battled tenaciously in the midfield in order to gain control. It was not until the 28th minute that Clemson was able to break Furman’s opposition. A crossed ball into the top of the box by Charlie Roberts found a marked John Cooper, who wisely chest-passed the ball to a rushing Kenny Cutler. Cutler’s timing was superb as he hit a 20-yard full volley to the upper right corner as the ball bounced right in front of him.
Coach Adair then switched from a 3-5-2 to a 4-4-2 with the addition of Kenny Cutler from the right side, where he found himself open at the back post. Nick’s first touch rolled just wide of the Furman goalkeeper, giving Rivera the opportunity to poke the ball into and open net.
Then at the 78th minute, a series of great combination passes put Andre Borges open 23 yards out. Borges baited his defender then turned, opening his opportunity to strike. He curled a left footer into the upper corner beating a fully extended Furman goalkeeper.
Clemson extends its spring record to 2-0. The Tigers’ next spring game is Saturday, March 29 on St. Simons Island, as they play Stetson, College of Charleston and the U-17 national team, who has just recently qualified for the U-17 Youth World Cup.
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