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No. 5 Clemson Hosts Louisville in ACC Title Game Rematch

No. 5 Clemson Hosts Louisville in ACC Title Game Rematch

Match Information:

WHO: Clemson Tigers (9-1-2, 2-1-1 ACC) vs. LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (4-4-3, 0-1-3 ACC)WHEN: Friday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.WHERE: Historic Riggs Field, Clemson, S.C.TICKETS: Purchase HERE on ClemsonTigers.comLIVE VIDEO: ESPN3LIVE STATS: ClemsonTigers.comSOCIAL MEDIA: @ClemsonMSoccer on Twitter and InstagramRPI: Clemson – No. 4; Louisville – No. 36RANKINGS: Clemson – No. 3, No. 5 NSCAA, No.5 Soccer America, No. 5; Louisville – r/v NSCAANEXT MATCH: Clemson at Syracuse, Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

Clemson Notes:

  • Clemson is 6-0-1 in its last seven games, defeating Virginia Tech 2-0 at home and Charlotte 1-0 on the road in its most recent games on Oct. 2 and Oct. 6, respectively.
  • The Tigers’ winning streak is currently at three games after a 1-1 (2OT) draw against Wake Forest on Sept. 26, but their unbeaten streak of seven games dates back to the team’s victory at Furman on Sept. 15.
  • Five of the last nine of the Tigers’ matches have been against top-25 competition (No. 11 Coastal Carolina, No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 16 Duke, No. 21 Brown and No. 8 Wake Forest).
  • Clemson is fourth in the second RPI of the season released by the NCAA on Oct 5. The four top teams in the RPI are all from the ACC (No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Notre Dame).
  • The Tigers team scoring numbers have been impressive on a national scale so far this season. The team ranks in a tie for first in the nation in total goals scored on the season with 27, and is second nationally in terms of total points with 79.
  • Senior T.J. Casner leads the team in goals (6) and points (13).
  • Casner’s six goals put him in a tie for second place in the ACC for goals scored and his four game-winning goals are tops in the ACC. His 13 points are tied for seventh in the conference statistical rankings.
  • Sophomore midfielder Oliver Shannon (5 goals, 2 assists, 12 points) is second on the team in scoring and four players are tied for third with eight points apiece (junior Austen Burnikel, sophomore Diego Campos, junior Iman Mafi and redshirt senior Kyle Murphy).
  • Redshirt junior goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell is 9-1-2 in goal for Clemson, registering 38 saves, which ranks second among all keepers in the ACC. His save percentage of .844 is third in the conference and 14th in the nation.
  • Tarbell has allowed only seven goals in over 1,114 minutes played, and his 0.57 goals against average ranks second in the ACC and 13th among all goalkeepers nationally.
  • Tarbell also has five solo shutouts, including three in the past three consecutive games. The five solo shutouts are tied for second in the league statistical rankings.

Louisville Notes:

  • Louisville is coming off a tough 3-2 road loss to No. 10 Virginia on Oct. 10. The Cavaliers scored the game-winner in the 89th minute of the match, one minute after the Cardinals had scored the equalizer.
  • The Cardinals are led in scoring by Tate Schmitt, who has tallied 14 points via six goals and two assists in 11 games.
  • Louisville goalkeepers Theo Jamilloux and Nick Jeffs have split time in net for the Cardinals, registering 490 and 566 minutes, respectively. Jamilloux is 1-2-2 in goal with one shutout and 15 saves, while Jeffs is 3-2-1 with one shutout and 12 saves.

Series Notes:

  • The last time the Tigers and Cardinals met was on Nov. 16, 2014, a 2-1 double-overtime win by Clemson to claim the ACC Championship title in Cary, N.C. In the contest, current senior Paul Clowes scored the equalizing goal with just three seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Then, less than five minutes in to the second overtime period, Ara Amirkhanian netted the golden goal to lift the Tigers to the championship.
  • Still in its infancy, the overall series record totals just two games, with Clemson holding a 1-0-1 advantage. The draw came on Oct. 24, 2014 in a 0-0 (2OT) game in Louisville.
  • Both previous meetings between Clemson and Louisville advanced to double overtime.
  • Friday’s match will be the first contest between the two teams at Historic Riggs Field.