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No. 13 Tigers Travel to Blacksburg to Face Hokies Saturday

No. 13 Tigers Travel to Blacksburg to Face Hokies Saturday

Match Information at Virginia Tech:

Who: Clemson Tigers (8-2-1, 2-0-1 ACC) at Virginia Tech Hokies (8-4, 0-3 ACC)When: Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.Where: Thompson Field, Blacksburg, Va.Rankings: Clemson – No. 13 NSCAA, No. 7 Hero Sports, No. 12 Top Drawer Soccer, No. 14 Soccer America; Virginia Tech – RV NSCAA, No. RV Top Drawer Soccer.RPI: Clemson – No. 14, Virginia Tech – No. 59.Follow: @ClemsonWSoccer on TwitterLive Video: ACC Network Extra (http://es.pn/2d6yY6J)  Live Stats: HokieSports.com (http://www.hokiesports.com/wsoccer/live/) 

Clemson Notes:

  • Clemson (8-2-1, 2-0-1 ACC) is 5-0-1 in its last six matches, most recently defeating Syracuse 4-0 on Sept. 22 and tying No. 18 North Carolina 1-1 on Sept. 25.
  • After playing five of their last six matches at home at Historic Riggs Field, the Tigers now hit the road for three straight contests, beginning on Saturday night against the Hokies in Blacksburg.
  • Clemson as a team ranks first in the nation in five offensive statistical categories: total goals (35), total points (112), total assists (42), points per game (10.18) and assists per game (3.82). The team is third nationally in scoring offense (3.18).
  • Senior Catrina Atanda leads the Tiger team in scoring with nine goals and three assists for 21 points. Atanda is ranked in the top 20 nationally in several categories: fifth in total goals (9), fifth in game-winning goals (4), seventh in total points (21), 15th in goals per game (0.82) and 18th in points per game (1.91).
  • Sophomore Sam Staab has a team-best nine assists so far in 2016. She is tied for first in the nation in that category, while ranking second nationally in assists per game (0.82).
  • Fifteen different players have scored at least one goal for the Tigers so far in 2016, and eighteen different players have at least one assist on the season.
  • Senior Kailen Sheridan has played 733 minutes in goal in nine contests for the Tigers, posting 26 saves while allowing eight goals. Sheridan picked up her first solo shutout of the season against Syracuse on Sept. 22. She also has two combined shutouts, shared with freshman Sandy MacIver.
  • 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.

Virginia Tech Notes:

  • The Hokies (8-4, 0-3 ACC) are coming off three-straight losses, all to top-20 ACC competition. Most recently, they suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of No. 7 Duke in Blacksburg, Va. on Sept. 25.
  • Two players, Alani Johnson and Murielle Tiernan, have five goals and 10 points apiece to lead Virginia Tech in scoring.
  • Mandy McGlynn has started all 12 matches in goal for the Hokies, and has 38 saves and four solo shutouts, along with 14 goals allowed in 1053 minutes in the net.

Series Notes:

  • Virginia Tech leads the series against Clemson, which dates back to 2004, with a 6-3-3 all-time record.
  • Clemson won the most recent meeting between the two teams, on Oct. 11, 2015, by a score of 3-2. In that contest, Claire Wagner and Abby Jones scored the Tigers’ first two goals, while Shannon Horgan netted the game-winner in the 84th minute at Historic Riggs Field.
  • The last time the teams met in Blacksburg, on Sept. 19, 2014, the Hokies came away with a 2-0 victory.

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