CLEMSON, S.C. – The No. 8/11 Clemson women’s soccer (10-4-0, 5-3-0 ACC) team gets set to host their final home game of the 2020-21 season as they welcome Alabama (7-7-2, 2-5-2 SEC) for a noon kickoff on Saturday, April 3rd. Live coverage of the match at Historic Riggs Field can be viewed on ACCNX.
When comparing the two sides, Clemson edges Alabama in nearly all major offensive categories, only being ousted in total shots and shots on goal, leading by seven and one in those categories, respectively.
Despite sharing similar offensive production on paper, Clemson holds a key advantage with the trio of Caroline Conti, Maliah Morris, and Megan Bornkamp. The three underclassmen have produced over half of Clemson’s offense this season – combining for 18 goals and eight assists for 44 of The Tigers’ 84 total points. Those same three have provided seven game-winning-goals while leading the young Clemson squad in shots and shots on goal.
On the defensive side, the Tigers’ backline has held opponents to 11 goals with five shutouts under their belts. At home, that number drops drastically, only allowing two goals when playing at Historic Riggs Field.
The common denominator between the two sides is a match against Auburn. With Alabama facing off with the in-state conference rival twice, once in the fall and their most recent matchup in the spring, they hold a split record off of a 1-0 win and 2-1 loss. Clemson similarly downed the visiting Tigers by a 1-0 mark with an 84th-minute strike from Megan Bornkamp.
Despite sharing a similar opponent, the Tigers and Crimson Tide have only faced off once in a game that has counted towards their overall record, that coming in the form of the 2017 NCAA Tournament First Round which was held in Clemson, S.C. The home side claimed the match by a 2-1 score with all three goals coming in the final 23 minutes of regulation.
Following the match against Alabama, Clemson will close out their regular season with an April 10th road match against in-state rival South Carolina. The Tigers and Gamecocks will kickoff from Stone Stadium in Columbia, S.C. at 6 p.m. with coverage on SEC Network+.
Clemson Athletics is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other defining characteristic. This game is designated as Clemson’s Pride Game, celebrating the LGBTQ community, in conjunction with Athlete Ally and the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center. To learn more about how Clemson University supports the LGBTQ community, visit the Gantt Center here.