Clemson, S.C. – The Clemson women’s soccer team got back in the win column on Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 win over Wake Forest at Historic Riggs Field. With the win, the Tigers move to 4-2-0 overall with a 3-2-0 mark within conference play.
With the Tigers pressuring the Wake Forest defense, a service was placed into the middle of the box which deflected off a defender, putting Clemson up 1-0 in the 14th minute. Taking the early lead, Clemson brought on a series of substitutions in the 30th minute which included senior Mariana Speckmaier. Forcing a corner just four minutes later, Renee Guion sent a ball to the far side of the box which found the head of Speckmaier to extend Clemson’s lead to two heading into halftime. The goal would be the 25th of the Miami native’s career, bringing her to 56 career points.
“It was poetic,” said Head Coach Eddie Radwanski. “She showed why she’s an All-ACC type of player. When you’re in games like this and to have a player like that step on the field and contribute I was really happy for her, especially it being Senior Day.”
Despite leading the Demon Deacons by a two-goal margin at halftime, Wake Forest outshot the Tigers 12-8 in the match. Hancuff, who tied her career-high mark with 8 saves in the game, recorded five in the first half alone.
“It gives the team an awful lot of confidence knowing that you have someone like Hensley back there,” said Radwanski. “When you have a quality goalkeeper like that, they can keep you in games like this and other big games that are coming down the line.”
Clemson will return to the pitch on Sunday, Oct. 18 as they head to South Bend, Ind. to face Notre Dame in a 1 p.m. match.