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Nov 10, 2018

No. 25 Clemson Drops 2-1 Heartbreaker to Ole Miss in NCAA First Round


CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson women’s soccer team dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to Ole Miss in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday evening at Historic Riggs Field. Clemson concludes the season at 12-9, while Ole Miss improves to 13-7-1 and heads to Stanford, Calif. to face No. 1 overall seed Stanford in the NCAA Second Round next weekend.

With the score knotted at 1-1 in the 54th minute of play, Molly Martin fired a shot that got through traffic and was deflected out of bounds by Tiger junior keeper Sandy MacIver, setting up the first corner kick of the match for Ole Miss. The Tigers were unsuccessful on the clear, setting up a second corner kick for the Rebels. Haleigh Stackpole sent the corner kick toward the back post, connecting with Grace Johnson who redirected the ball into the top right corner to give the Rebels a 2-1 lead.



“This was a tough result for us, in a very competitive game. Congratulations to Ole Miss; we wish them luck in the next round. When we came back out after the first half, we had a great start with the goal, and we were able to make a few adjustments and found some success. However, we weren’t very consistent with the things we were doing well, and Ole Miss punished us a couple times in transition. You know when you get into the NCAA Tournament you can’t take anything for granted; there are many good teams and today was unfortunately not our day as we were hoping to move on.

In the big picture, I am really proud of this group. We refocused later on this season and finished fifth in the ACC, advanced to the ACC Tournament semifinals and earned a host spot in the NCAA Tournament.

I’m proud of our seniors for everything they brought to the program. I told them that there is a group of five or six seniors on one team that will finish their season with a victory; everybody else gets knocked out at some point. Obviously it hurts to have a result like this one, but they will be leaving with a lot of incredible memories, friendships and relationships that they have built here at Clemson. They have really put themselves in great positions to have bright futures, which is what we are all about, getting young people ready for the next stage in life. I can’t thank Sam, Ellen, Miranda and Alana enough for what they gave to our program. I will carry all the wonderful memories they helped create in the four years they gave to us and we wish them nothing but continued success.

For our group returning, they must remember this feeling, because that is the piece they will use for motivation moving forward. It is a lot of work to get to the NCAA Tournament, and then you have to continue to work and step up again every match. We will be better for this experience.”

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