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Aug 29, 2019

Palmetto Series Begins as Clemson Hosts South Carolina

Clemson, S.C. – The Clemson men’s soccer team is set to open its regular season by welcoming South Carolina to Historic Riggs Field on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. The match, which will kick-off the Palmetto Series between the two schools, is the first of four home matches the Tigers will have to open the season.

Game Day #1 – Information

Who: South Carolina (0-0-0) v. Clemson Tigers (0-0-0)

When: Friday, Aug 30 at 7 p.m.

Where: Historic Riggs Field – Clemson, S.C.

Live Stats: StatBroadcast

Watch: ACCNX 

Follow: @ClemsonMSoccer on Instagram and Twitter

Tickets: Season and single game tickets are still available for purchase.


IPTAY Season Ticket holders will be able to park in the parking lot next to the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility. Additional parking is provided to the general public by parking in Lot 1, which is adjacent to the tennis facility. This is free parking available for all Friday soccer matches and is accessible via SC-93.

Series Notes

  • Friday night’s match will mark the 48thtime the two programs have met, dating back to Oct. 15, 1978 when the Tigers won 2-1 over the Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C.
  • The Tigers hold the series lead, winning 29 of the 48 matches.
  • Clemson enters the match on a five-game win-streak over the Gamecocks, winning the past five matches by a combined score of 13-3.
  • This is the first time since 2011 that the two sides will face-off as a part of the Tigers’ home opener. The Tigers won that match, 2-0.
  • Head coach Michael Noonan holds a 7-3 record over the Gamecocks.

Clemson Notes

  • Clemson received votes in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll, joining nine other ACC programs to receive votes in the poll.
  • Clemson was selected to finish fifth in the Atlantic Division this season, in a vote conducted by the ACC Head Coaches. The Tigers received one first place vote.
  • The Tigers welcome 10 newcomers to the program, with the players representing three different countries.
  • George Marks saw action in five matches last season, starting in each appearance he made. His 1.10 goals allowed average was tied for the team lead.
  • Senior Tanner Dieterich will lead the Tigers in the midfield, while fellow senior Malick Mbaye will offer a strong presence along the backline.
  • Senior Adrian Nunez and junior Kimarni Smith provide experience and speed on the attacking front for the Tigers.
  • Tanner Dieterich, Malick Mbaye and Nolan Lennon will serve as captains for the team this season.