Sept. 22, 2009
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s soccer team will open the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference season on the road against Virginia Tech on Thursday evening. The Tigers will face the Hokies at 7:00 PM at Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium in Blacksburg, VA. The game will be the first of three consecutive conference road games for the Tigers.
Clemson has a 3-5 record, most recently defeating Presbyterian College 3-0 and falling to 15th-ranked Georgia 2-1 at home last weekend. The Tigers are led in scoring by freshman forward Maddy Elder, who has nine goals and one assist for 19 points in the team’s eight games. Elder sits atop the ACC scoring list as well, leading the league in points (19), points per game (2.38), goals (9) and goals per game (1.12.) In addition, the 1.12 goals per game figure ranks her in a tie for sixth in the nation in that category.
Senior forward Lily Boleyn is second in scoring with a goal and two assists for four points, while freshman midfielder Callie Cavanaugh has one goal and one assist to rank third on the team. Junior Paula Pritzen has posted 31 saves in eight games in goal for the Tigers.
Virginia Tech is 6-2 so far in 2009. The Hokies defeated Davidson by a score of 3-2 last Sunday in Blacksburg. Freshman midfielder Kelly Conheeny leads the team in scoring with five goals and two assists for 12 points. Robin Chidester has recorded 19 saves in 346 minutes in goal for the Hokies.
The Tigers have a 2-0-3 all-time record against Virginia Tech and a 1-0-2 record in games played in Blacksburg. The previous three meetings in the series have each ended in a double-overtime tie, including the 2008 contest, which was a 2-2 draw at Clemson’s Historic Riggs Field.
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