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No. 19 Tigers Travel to Cary to Face No. 8 North Carolina

No. 19 Tigers Travel to Cary to Face No. 8 North Carolina

Match Information vs. North Carolina: Who: Clemson Tigers (6-2-0; 0-1-0 ACC) at North Carolina Tar Heels (5-2-0; 1-0-0 ACC) When: Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. Where: WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.   Rankings: Clemson – No. 19 United Soccer Coaches; North Carolina – No. 8 United Soccer Coaches Follow: @ClemsonWSoccer on Twitter and Instagram Live Video:  ACC Network Extra ( Live Stats: (

Clemson Notes:

  • The Tigers dropped their ACC opener 4-2 to Notre Dame on Saturday, Sept. 16.
  • Freshman Mariana Speckmaier leads the team with five goals and one assist good for 11 points. Graduate Jenna Polonsky also has 11 points (four goals and three assists.
  • Clemson opened the season with six consecutive wins for the first time since 2015.
  • Speckmaier scored a hat trick against SIUE on Friday, Aug. 18 and became the 15th player in Clemson history to record a hat trick, the eighth to do so in her freshman season and just the second to do so in her first career game.
  • Head Coach Eddie Radwanski hit the 200-career win milestone with the 4-0 win over SIUE to open the season. Through last Saturday’s loss against the Fighting Irish, Radwanski is 205-109-28 for his career as a head coach.
  • Speckmaier ranks fourth in the conference in goals (5), Polonsky ranks sixth in assists (3) and both are tied for eighth in points (11).

North Carolina Notes:

  • The Tar Heels are 5-2-0 overall and are coming off a 1-0 victory over No. 16 Florida State in the ACC opener on Sept. 17.
  • North Carolina is led by Joanna Boyles and Dorian Bailey, who both have three goals and three assists for nine points this season.
  • Boyles was named to the TopDrawer Soccer Team of the Week.
  • Samantha Leshnak has started all seven matches in net for the Tar Heels this season. The junior keeper has 21 saves, a save percentage of .778, three shutouts and a goals against average of .83.

Series Notes:

  • North Carolina has a 30-1-1 record all-time against the Tigers, which dates back to 1994, the inaugural season for the Clemson program.
  • The one Clemson win in the series came in 2000, a 2-1 win at Riggs Field on Sept. 13. The Tigers went on to be ACC Regular Season Champions that year.
  • The last regular season meeting between the two teams ended in a 1-1 double overtime tie on Sept. 25, 2016 at Historic Riggs Field.