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No. 3 Clemson Travels to Raleigh for Final Regular Season Game Friday

No. 3 Clemson Travels to Raleigh for Final Regular Season Game Friday

Match Information:

Who: Clemson Tigers (13-1-2, 5-1-1 ACC) vs. NC State Wolfpack (8-3-3, 1-2-3 ACC)When: Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.Where: Dail Soccer Field, Raleigh, N.C.RPI: Clemson – No. 2; NC State – No. 27Rankings: Clemson – No. 1, No. 3 NSCAA, No. 4, No. 4 Soccer America; NC State – r/v, No. 40 HeroSports.comFollow: @ClemsonMSoccer on Twitter and InstagramLive Video: ESPN3: Stats: Next Match: ACC Tournament Quarterfinal, Clemson vs. TBD, Sunday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m. (Historic Riggs Field)

Clemson Notes:

  • The Tigers (13-1-2, 5-1-1 ACC) are coming off a 1-0 victory over Boston College on Oct. 23 at Historic Riggs Field. With the win, the team concluded its regular season unbeaten in home games, going 9-0-1 in games played at Historic Riggs Field.
  • It is just the 11th time in program history that the Tigers have been unbeaten at home during the regular season, and the first time since 1998 when team was 10-0. Other seasons in Clemson history in which the team did not lose a regular season home game are: 1972 (6-0), 1973 (7-0), 1976 (11-0-1), 1977 (10-0), 1978 (11-0-1), 1981 (12-0), 1982 (11-0), 1983 (13-0-2) and 1985 (14-0).
  • When Clemson defeated Georgia Southern on Oct. 20, the team finished regular season nonconference play unbeaten, with an 8-0-1 record. The team’s only draw in nonconference play came against No. 11 Coastal Carolina on Sept. 7.
  • Clemson ranks in the top 10 in the nation several scoring categories – sixth in total goals (36), seventh in total points (106), eighth in total assists (34) and points per game (6.63) and 10th in assists per game (2.13).
  • The Tigers have now won seven straight games, dating back to a 4-0 victory at Gardner-Webb on Sept. 29. In addition, the team has not lost in 11 consecutive games, dating back to a 3-0 win at Furman on Sept. 15.
  • Clemson is second in the RPI rankings released on Monday, Oct. 26. Four of the top five teams in the RPI are from the ACC (No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 5 Notre Dame). There are 10 ACC schools in the top 30 of this week’s RPI, including the Wolfpack, who are No. 27.
  • Senior T.J. Casner leads the team in goals (7) and points (15). The seven goals put him in a tie for third in the ACC, while his goals per game average of 0.44 is tied for fifth 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, junior Austen Burnikel (14), redshirt senior Kyle Murphy (13), sophomore Oliver Shannon (12), junior Iman Mafi (10) and sophomore Diego Campos (10).
  • 10 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 13-1-2 in goal for the Tigers, registering 53 saves and allowing just 10 goals on the season, while playing over 1474 minutes in the net.
  • Tarbell’s goals against average of 0.61 ranks second in the ACC and 13th in the nation, while his save percentage of .841 is second in the conference and 12th nationally.
  • Tarbell also has seven solo shutouts on the season, a figure which has him tied for first among all keepers in the ACC. He has five shutouts in the team’s last seven games.

NC State Notes:

  • The Wolfpack are 8-3-3 overall and 1-2-3 in the ACC, and are coming off a 2-1 victory over Appalachian State on Oct. 19 in Raleigh.
  • Zach Knudson leads the team in scoring with 14 points on a team-best six goals and two assists.
  • Alex McCauley has an 8-3-3 record in goal for NC State, and has collected 37 saves and three solo shutouts, while allowing 18 goals on the season.


Series Notes:

  • The Tigers hold a 35-14-7 all-time advantage in the series against NC State.
  • In the most recent matchup between the two teams, Clemson defeated the Wolfpack 2-0 at Historic Riggs Field on Oct. 31, 2014. Austen Burnikel scored both goals in the win.
  • Friday’s match is the regular season finale for both Clemson and NC State. It’s the second straight year the two teams have met each other in their final regular season contest.