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Oct 22, 2020

No. 3 Clemson Visits NC State for ACC Match Friday Night

Match Central

CLEMSON, S.C. — The third-ranked Clemson men’s soccer team is set to travel to Raleigh, N.C., for an ACC match against NC State on Friday, Oct. 23. Clemson (4-1, 2-1 ACC) will kickoff against NC State (0-4, 0-3 ACC) at 8 p.m., under the lights of Dail Soccer Field/Track Complex.

Friday’s match will serve as the 62nd meeting in series history. The Tigers have an all-time record of 39-15-7 against the Wolfpack. Clemson and NC State will meet on the pitch for the 54th consecutive season, making it the longest streak in Clemson men’s soccer history. The two sides first played on Nov. 11, 1967, with Clemson winning in overtime, 4-3.

The last match between the two sides was on Nov. 1, 2019, when Clemson captured the 2019 ACC Regular Season title by defeating NC State on the road, 3-0. Grayson Barber scored Clemson’s first goal of the match, while George Marks played 90 minutes in net. Head Coach Mike Noonan has led the Tigers against the Wolfpack 10 times entering Friday’s match and holds a 9-1 record through those meetings.

Clemson will enter the match against NC State ranked third in the nation by United Soccer Coaches. This is the third time this season Clemson has been ranked No. 3 and the fourth time ranked within the organization’s Top 5 poll.

The Tigers are currently locked in a three-way tie for the top position in the ACC’s South Region. Clemson, Wake Forest and North Carolina all hold ACC records of 2-1. The top four teams in each region will qualify for the ACC Tournament, which is set to begin on Nov. 15.

The Tigers are currently ranked within the top-five nationally of six statistical categories, while seven individuals rank in the top five of seven individual categories. Marks ranks third in the nation in goals against average (0.694) and fourth in save percentage (0.786). Barber ranks third nationally in shots per game (3.40) and total assists (3).

No fans will be allowed to attend Friday’s match, as seating is limited to the families and guests of NC State players and coaches. The match will be available for viewing via ACCN at 8 p.m., with Dalen Cuff and Michael Lahoud set to be on the call.

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