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No. 13 Tigers Host Syracuse Thursday

No. 13 Tigers Host Syracuse Thursday

Match Information vs. Syracuse:

Who: Syracuse Orange (7-1-2, 0-0-1 ACC) at Clemson Tigers (7-2, 1-0 ACC)When: Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.Where: Historic Riggs Field, Clemson, S.C.Rankings: Clemson – No. 13 NSCAA, No. 9 Hero Sports, No. 11 Top Drawer Soccer, No. 16 Soccer America; Syracuse – NR.RPI: Clemson – No. 9, Syracuse – No. 76.Follow: @ClemsonWSoccer on TwitterLive Video: ACC Network Extra (http://es.pn/2bUTeuq)Live Stats: WakeForestSports.com (http://statb.us/b/138780)

Clemson Notes:

  • Clemson (7-2, 1-0 ACC) has won four consecutive matches, most recently, a 2-1 win on the road at Wake Forest on Sept. 16, followed by a 9-0 defeat of Presbyterian College at home on Sept. 18.
  • Clemson as a team ranks among the best in the nation in several statistical categories: tied for first in total assists (32), second in total points (92), third in scoring offense (3.33), assists per game (3.56) and points per game (10.22) and tied for third in total goals (30).
  • Senior Catrina Atanda picked up her first career hat trick against the Blue Hose, and leads the Tigers with eight goals and 17 points on the season.
  • Atanda’s scoring numbers rank among the top-25 nationally in five different statistical categories: tied for seventh in total goals (8), tied for 13th in game-winning goals (3), tied for 14th in goals per game (0.89), tied for 16th in total points (17) and tied for 21st in points per game (1.89).
  • After tallying three assists in the Tigers’ last two matches, sophomore Sam Staab now has six assists on the season. The sophomore defender also has one goal for a total of eight points on the season, second on the Clemson team in scoring.
  • Staab ranks in a tie for sixth in the nation in total assists (6) and in a tie for 11th nationally in assists per game (0.67). She is already just one assist away from matching her freshman season total of seven, which was best on the Tiger team in 2015.
  • Seniors Claire Wagner (three goals, one assist) and Jenna Weston (two goals, three assists) are tied for third on the team in scoring, with seven points apiece.
  • Fourteen different players have scored at least one goal for the Tigers this season.
  • Eighteen different players have at least one assist on the season.
  • Senior Kailen Sheridan has played 533 minutes in goal in seven contests for the Tigers, posting 18 saves while giving up seven goals.
  • Head Coach Eddie Radwanski is in his sixth season at the helm of the Clemson program. Radwanski was named the NSCAA’s Southeast Region Coach of the Year in 2015.

Syracuse Notes:

  • The Orange (7-1-2, 0-0-1 ACC) are 4-0-1 in their last five matches, most recently defeating Buffalo 2-0 on Sept. 15 and tying Notre Dame 1-1 on Sept. 18, both at home in Syracuse.
  • Two players, Eva Gordon and Stephanie Skilton, are tied for the team lead in scoring with three goals and one assist for seven points apiece.
  • Courtney Brosnan has played all but 14 minutes in goal for the Orange so far this season, accumulating 30 saves and five solo shutouts, while giving up just five goals.

Series Notes:

  • Clemson has a 3-0 record in the series against Syracuse, which began in 2013, the Orange’s first year in the ACC. All three Tiger wins have been by a score of 1-0.
  • In 2015, Clemson defeated Syracuse on the road on Oct. 30, with Jenna Weston scoring the game’s lone goal.
  • The only previous time the two teams met at Historic Riggs Field, on Oct. 12, 2014, Claire Wagner scored the Tiger goal in the win.

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