November 15, 1998
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Scott Bower scored the game’s lone goal in leading top-ranked Clemson to a 1-0 win over Duke, and giving Clemson the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.
Josh Campbell earned his 11th solo shutout of the season and was named the tournament’s MVP.
Clemson is now 20-1 overall, while Duke falls to 18-3 this season.
This marked the Tigers’ first ever ACC Tournament crown and earned Clemson an automatic berth in the 1998 NCAA Tournament.
The Clemson defense stifled Duke for much of the match, allowing the Blue Devils just five shots on goal all afternoon. After a scorelesss first half, junior midfielder Scott Bower scored what proved to be the game winner at the 53:08 mark as he took a cross from sophomore midfielder Mark Lisi and put it past Duke goalkeeper Atli Knutsson.
Campbell did not allow a goal through two games of the tournament, making seven saves in the Tigers’ 2-0 semifinal win over Maryland and one save in the title game against Duke. Other Clemson players earning spots on the ACC All-Tournament team were: Wojtek Krakowiak, Mark Lisi, Scott Bower and Jeff Bilyk.
CLEMSON 1, DUKE 0 1. Clemson–Scott Bower (Lisi) 53:08
Shots: Clemson 11, Duke 5Corner Kicks: Clemson 5, Duke 7Saves: Campbell (C) 1, Knutsson (D) 3Fouls: Clemson 15, Duke 19Attendance: 4,939
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