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No. 5 Clemson Faces Virginia Tech in #Riggs100 Celebration Friday

No. 5 Clemson Faces Virginia Tech in #Riggs100 Celebration Friday

Match Information:

WHO: Clemson Tigers (7-1-2, 1-1-1 ACC) vs. VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES (4-3-1, 0-2-1 ACC)WHEN: Friday, Oct. 2, 5 p.m.WHERE: Historic Riggs Field, Clemson, S.C.LIVE VIDEO: ESPN3 ( LIVE STATS: ( FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA: @ClemsonMSoccer on Twitter and InstagramRANKINGS: Clemson – No. 3, No. 5 NSCAA, No. 5 Soccer America, No. 5; Virginia Tech – not rankedRPI: Clemson – No. 3; Virginia Tech – No. 46NEXT MATCH: Clemson at Charlotte, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m.

#Riggs100 Notes

  • Oct. 2, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Clemson athletic contest being played on Historic Riggs Field.
  • A museum displaying artifacts and photos from the 100-year history of Historic Riggs Field will be set up in the Indoor Tennis Center (which can be accessed from the main entrance to Riggs). The museum will be open beginning Friday at 4 p.m., and will remain open through the conclusion of the women’s game (vs. Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m.)
  • 2,000 Riggs 100th Anniversary commemorative scarves will be given away to the first 2,000 people to enter the gates at the men’s game.
  • One commemorative uniform (jersey and socks) will be given away during halftime of the women’s game.
  • Visit this page: for complete details on the #Riggs100 Celebration.

Match Notes:

  • Clemson is ranked third in the first RPI of the season released by the NCAA on Monday, Sept. 28. The four top teams in the RPI are all from the ACC (No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 2 North Carolina and No. 4 Notre Dame).
  • Clemson is 4-0-1 in its last five games, including three tilts against top-25 ranked opponents, in which it went 2-0-1 (a 2-1 win over No. 16 Duke on Sept. 18, a 3-1 win over No. 21 Brown on Sept. 20 and a 1-1 draw with No. 16 Wake Forest on Sept. 26).
  • Five of the last seven of the Tigers’ matches have featured top-25 competition (No. 11 Coastal Carolina, No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 16 Duke, No. 21 Brown and No. 16 Wake Forest).
  • Senior T.J. Casner leads the team in goals (6) and points (12), and has scored a goal in five straight matches for the Tigers. The Clemson record for consecutive matches with a goal scored is 11.
  • Casner’s six goals put him in a four-way tie for first place in the ACC for goals scored and his four game-winning goals are tops in the ACC. He is also tied for second in the conference in goals per game with a 0.60 average in ten games played.
  • Sophomore midfielder Oliver Shannon (4 goals, 2 assists, 10 points) is second on the team in scoring and junior Austen Burnikel (3 goals, 2 assists, 8 points) is third.
  • Sophomore Saul Chinchilla and junior Iman Mafi are tied for the team lead in assists with four apiece, and are part of a nine-way tie for third in the ACC in that category.
  • Redshirt junior goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell is 7-1-2 in goal for Clemson, registering 30 saves (second in the ACC) and three solo shutouts in ten games played. He has only given up seven goals in over 934 minutes played, ranking him first in the ACC in goals against average (0.67).
  • Tarbell also ranks third in save percentage (.811) and tied for fourth in shutouts (3).
  • Virginia Tech is coming off of a 4-1 loss to Boston College after tying then-No. 19 ranked Louisville, 1-1, the previous week.
  • The Hokies are led by sophomore Merlin Baus, who has tallied 12 points on the season via four goals and four assists in seven games played.
  • Virginia Tech goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard has registered 755 minutes in goal, allowing 12 goals on 77 shots and saving 25 of those attempts. His record in goal is 4-3-1.

Series Notes

  • The last time these two teams met was on Sept. 27, 2013, a 0-0 (2OT) draw in Blacksburg, Va. Then-#15 Clemson outshot the Hokies 22-11 in that match.
  • In 12 games played, Clemson has an overall series record of 5-3-4, with the first meeting between the two teams coming in 2003.