No. 2 Clemson Hosts Boston College in ACC Quarterfinal Sunday

No. 2 Clemson Hosts Boston College in ACC Quarterfinal Sunday

Match Information:

What: 2015 ACC Tournament QuarterfinalWho: No. 3-Seed Clemson Tigers (14-1-2, 6-1-1 ACC) vs. No. 6-Seed Boston College Eagles (9-6-1, 4-4-0 ACC)When: Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.Where: Historic Riggs Field, Clemson, S.C.RPI: Clemson – No. 2; Boston College – No. 16Rankings: Clemson – No. 2 NSCAA, No. 2 Soccer America, No. 2 Hero Sports, No. 4 Top Drawer Soccer; Boston College – R/V – NSCAA, No. 16 Top Drawer Soccer, No. 20 Hero SportsFollow: @ClemsonMSoccer on Twitter and InstagramLive Video: ESPN3: Stats:

Clemson Team Notes: 

  • Clemson is now the only ACC school to host a conference tournament match each of the last four years, as Head Coach Mike Noonan’s program has hosted a quarterfinal contest each season since 2012.
  • In last season’s ACC Quarterfinal game at Riggs on Sunday, Nov. 9, the Tigers tied Wake Forest 1-1 in double overtime, and then advanced in penalty kicks, 3-2.
  • The team then traveled to Cary, N.C. for the semifinals and finals, tying Notre Dame in the semis and then advancing 5-4 on penalty kicks, before defeating Louisville in double overtime to claim the 2014 ACC title.
  • The Tigers finished the regular season with a 14-1-2 overall record and a 6-1-1 mark in ACC play. This is the first time since the 2001 season that the team has accumulated 14 wins in regular season play.
  • Clemson is coming off of a 4-1 road victory against NC State on Oct. 30. Sophomore Michael Melvin scored twice in the win, the first two goals of his collegiate career, and earned ACC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the performance.
  • The Tigers were unbeaten in regular season home games, going 9-0-1 in games played at Historic Riggs Field in 2015. It is the 11th time in program history, and the first time since 1998, that the team has been unbeaten at home during the regular season.
  • Clemson was also unbeaten in regular season nonconference play with an 8-0-1 record. The team’s only draw in nonconference play came against No. 11 Coastal Carolina on Sept. 7.
  • The Tigers have now won eight straight games, dating back to a 4-0 victory at Gardner-Webb on Sept. 29. In addition, the team has not lost in 12 consecutive games, dating back to a 3-0 win at Furman on Sept. 15.
  • The team is ranked in the top five in the nation in six scoring categories – 3rd in total assists (3) and points per game (6.94), fourth in total points (118) and fifth in total goals (40), assists per game (2.24) and scoring offense (2.35).
  • Clemson is second in the RPI rankings released on Monday, Nov. 2. Five of the top 10 teams in the RPI are from the ACC (No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 10 Syracuse). There are nine ACC schools in the top 27 of this week’s RPI.

Clemson Player Notes:

  • Senior T.J. Casner leads the team in goals (8) and points (19). The eight goals put him in a tie for third in the ACC, while his goals per game average of 0.47 is third in the conference.
  • Casner has a team-best five game-winning goals, a figure which ranks first in the ACC and sixth in the nation in that statistical category.
  • Five other Tigers have at least 10 points on the season, redshirt senior Kyle Murphy (16), junior Austen Burnikel (14), sophomore Oliver Shannon (13), junior Iman Mafi (10) and sophomore Diego Campos (10).
  • 11 players have scored at least one goal for Clemson so far this season, while 15 have tallied at least one assist.
  • Redshirt junior goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell is 14-1-2 in goal for the Tigers, registering 58 saves and allowing just 11 goals on the season, while playing over 1,564 minutes in the net.
  • Tarbell’s goals against average of 0.63 ranks second in the ACC and 15th in the nation, while his save percentage of .841 is second in the conference and 10th nationally.
  • Tarbell also has seven solo shutouts on the season, a figure which has him tied for first among all keepers in the ACC.

Boston College Notes:

  • Boston College is 9-6-1 overall and finished the ACC regular season at 4-4, most recently defeating Syracuse 2-1 in Chestnut Hill on Oct. 30.
  • Simon Enstrom leads the Eagles in scoring with 17 points (seven goals, three assists), while Zeiko Lewis and Trevor Davock have 16 and 15 points, respectively, on the season.
  • Eagle keeper Cedric Saladin has a 6-5 record in goal, and has tallied 38 saves while allowing 17 goals on the season. Alex Kapp is 3-1-1 in the net with 20 saves and five goals allowed.
  • John Murphy, an associate head coach in his second season with the Eagles, was an assistant coach at Clemson under Mike Noonan during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Series Notes:

  • Clemson holds a 6-3-4 all-time record in the series against the Eagles, which includes a 4-0-3 record in the last seven meetings between the two teams.
  • When the two teams met during the regular season, just two weeks ago on Oct. 23 at Historic Riggs Field, the Tigers claimed a 1-0 win over the Eagles thanks to a goal by junior Thales Moreno.