CLEMSON, S.C. – The 13th-ranked Clemson women’s soccer team played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw against 18th-ranked North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Historic Riggs Field. With the tie, Clemson is now 8-2-1 overall and 2-0-1 in ACC play, while the Tar Heels are 6-2-2 (1-1-1 ACC).
North Carolina scored in the 24th minute of play to take a 1-0 lead. In the 32nd minute, senior Emily Byorth tied the score at 1-1 win her third goal of the season. Senior Claire Wagner handled a free kick, which she passed to senior Catrina Atanda. Atanda sent a cross in from the left side to sophomore Sam Staab, who headed the ball to Byorth for the close-range header goal. The assist was the ninth of the season for Staab, who leads the NCAA in that category.
Neither team scored in the second half, nor the two 10-minute overtime periods, and the match ended in a 1-1 draw. The Tigers created a couple of good chances in the remaining 65 minutes, most notably a long shot launched by Byorth that hit the crossbar and bounced down in front of the goal, but was ultimately cleared by the North Carolina defense. Clemson was on the attack in the second-overtime period, earning a corner kick and two throw-ins deep in Tar Heel territory, but was unable to capitalize.
For the match, the Tigers outshot the Tar Heels 18-13, and 7-6 in shots on goal. Senior Kailen Sheridan posted five saves in 110 minutes of action.
The Tigers’ next three matches are on the road, starting with a Saturday, Oct. 1 contest against 19th-ranked Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
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