Nov. 9, 2001
Clemson, SC – The Clemson men’s soccer team will host sixth-ranked Wake Forest on Saturday night at 5:00PM at Historic Riggs Field. The Tigers enter Wednesday’s match with a 13-4 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the ACC. The Demon Deacons are 13-3-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the ACC.
Clemson has won 12 out of their last 14 matches and is coming off a 4-0 win over Duke on Wednesday night. The Tigers are ranked 10th by Soccer America, and 13th in the NSCAA according to the polls released November 5. In the soccertimes.com poll, Clemson is ranked 10th.
The Tigers are 14-8-1 all-time against Wake Forest and have not lost to the Demon Deacons since 1997.
Clemson is led in scoring by Dimelon Westfield who has nine goals and five assists for 23 points. His nine goals this season are tied for second best in the ACC. Senior Ian Fuller and sophomore Steven Rhyne each have seven goals and seven assists for 20 points. Doug Warren has a 0.80 goal allowed average. He has allowed only 12 goals in 1,349 minutes of play this season. The Tigers as a team are ranked second in the conference in scoring offense with a 2.80 goals per game average.
Saturday will mark the last regular season match for Clemson, and with a win over the Demon Deacons, the Tigers will earn the seed in next week’s ACC Tournament in Clemson. The match will also mark the last regular season home game for Tiger seniors Ian Fuller, Ross Goodacre, Kevin Conaway, and Patrick Fullerton.
Highlights of Clemson’s 2001 Senior Class:
* 58-18-4 overall record * One NCAA Elite Eight appearance, and one Final 16 appearance * Members of Clemson’s 1998 ACC Regular Season Championship team * Members of Clemson’s 1998 ACC Tournament Championship team, the first
ever in school history * Ranked number-one in the final 1998 Soccer America poll and number-four in the final Soccer America poll of 2000. Earned the overall number-two seed in last year’s NCAA Tournament * Undefeated record in four games versus South Carolina
Career Highlights of Clemson’s Four Senior Players:
Kevin Conaway (Largo, FL) steady defender who has started 15 games this seasonSstarted in 21 and played in 43 games in his career…a member of a Clemson defense that gave up only 11 goals all season in 1998 and that has given up only 14 goals all of this season…despite being a defender, has registered six assists for six points this season…four of his assists this season have come on game winning goals including the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over South Carolina on October 7.
Ross Goodacre (Hastings, New Zealand) versatile player who has started in 50 and played in 71 games over his career…as a freshman in 1998, he played in 23 games and was a key member of Clemson’s ACC Regular Season and Tournament Championship team…has 12 goals and 24 assists for 48 points in his career…with nine assists last season, he was tied for ninth in the nation in assists per game…needs just three more assists this season to rank in the top-10 of Clemson’s all-time career assist list.
Ian Fuller (Portland, OR) hard-nosed forward who has started all 17 games for the Tigers this season…started 46 and played in 58 games over his careerSas a sophomore, started 18 games and had seven goals and seven assists for a team leading 21 points… has seven goals and a team high seven assists for 21 points this season…his 21 points are tied for second best on the team and tied for seventh best in the ACCShas 17 goals and 22 assists for 56 points in his career…has seven game winning goals for his career including a team high four this season…on September 23 scored the winning goal against NC State in Raleigh with just 16 seconds remaining in the game.
Patrick Fullerton (Martinez, GA) reliable and dedicated goal-keeper who has played in seven games over his career…played in two games during Clemson’s ACC Championship season of 1998…also that season, combined with Josh Campbell and Marc Paisant to shutout New Hampshire in the championship game of the Clemson Invitational…for his career, has helped combine for five shutouts and has not given up a goal in over 120 minutes of action.
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