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Nov 01, 2022

Match Day Central: Clemson vs. Notre Dame, ACC Tournament First Round

Tigers Host Notre Dame in First Round of ACC Tournament

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🐾  Clemson vs. Notre Dame

📍 Clemson, S.C. (Historic Riggs Field)

🗓 Wednesday, November 2 • 8 p.m.


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CLEMSON, S.C. — The  No. 8 seed Clemson Tigers will host ninth-seeded Notre Dame on Wednesday at Historic Riggs Field in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m., with the match set to be broadcast on ACC Network.

The Tigers enter the match 1o-5-1 (3-4-1 ACC) following consecutive victories over UMass and NC State. The Tigers earned the eighth seed and the right to host to the match against Notre Dame via the third tie-breaker, ACC goals for. Clemson needed all three of its goals against NC State on Friday to leapfrog the Fighting Irish for the eight-seed. Home field advantage is critical for the Tigers, as they lead the NCAA in cumulative attendance this season.

Wednesday marks the 13th meeting meeting between the conference foes, with Clemson trailing the series 4-6-2. Despite the current series core, the Tigers are outscoring Notre Dame 17-15. The two teams met twice last season, first during the regular season where the Fighting Irish earned a win at Historic Riggs Field. Second, the two teams battled in the College Cup semifinal to a penalty kick shootout, where the Tigers came out on top 5-3. This is the fourth time these teams have met in the ACC Tournament, with the programs splitting the previous meetings 1-1-1, however Notre Dame advanced on penalties following the draw.

Tigers’ standout Ousmane Sylla has led the way for Clemson, scoring five goals and notching six assists in 13 matches thus far. He has tallied a point in eight of his 13 games played this season and is tied for third in the ACC in points per game (1.23). 

He is joined at the top of Clemson’s scoring leaderboard by senior forward Mohamed Seye, who has assisted three of Sylla’s goals. He’s added three of his own and has also earned four points in two matches, bringing his point total on the season to 12. He and Sylla are both tied for fourth most assists in the conference with six.

Notre Dame enters the match following a tough 1-1 draw at Pitt on Friday.

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