COLUMBIA, S.C. – The 22nd-ranked Clemson women’s soccer team played 18th-ranked and No. 3-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks to a scoreless double overtime tie in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on a cold Friday night at Stone Stadium in Columbia, S.C. The Gamecocks advanced after winning the penalty kick round by a score of 4-3.
With the tie, Clemson finishes the 2014 season at 13-3-3. It was an impressive season for the Tigers, who made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 and won 13 games for the first time since 2002. South Carolina moves to 13-5-4 and faces the winner of Washington State and Seattle on Friday, Nov. 21 in the NCAA Second Round in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The game was the first postseason matchup between the two programs. Clemson now has a 12-8-1 all-time record in the series against South Carolina, including a 5-5-1 record in matches played in Columbia. The Tigers’ fifth all-time win in Columbia came earlier this season, when the Tigers won a 1-0 contest at then-ninth-ranked South Carolina on Sept. 5.
The matchup was the third overtime match in series history between the Tigers and Gamecocks, but first to end in a tie. It was also the third overtime game of the season for Clemson, as the Tigers played both Charlotte and Wake Forest to 1-1 double overtime ties during the regular season.
The 110 minutes of scoreless soccer were a physical, defensive battle. There were only eight shots taken in the game (five by South Carolina and three by Clemson), and only five corner kicks (three by the Tigers and two by the Gamecocks). There were 16 fouls called on each team.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan held the Gamecocks scoreless for the second time this season, for a total of 200 minutes (110 minutes tonight and 90 minutes in the first meeting in September). The shutout was her eighth solo shutout of the season.
The teams swapped goals in the first two rounds of penalty kicks as Catrina Atanda and Sheridan netted goals for the Tigers. In the third and fourth rounds, Claire Wagner and Gabby Byorth’s shots were saved by First-Team All-SEC goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo after the third and fourth South Carolina players made their shots, clinching the penalty kick round for the Gamecocks.
Clemson had not played in a game decided by penalty kicks since 2006, a year in which the Tigers played three consecutive NCAA tournament games decided by penalty kicks and advanced in all three.
#22 Clemson 0, #18 South Carolina 0 (2OT)*South Carolina advanced on penalty kicks, 4-3
Saves – Sheridan (CU) 0, D’Angelo (SCAR) 1 Shots – Clemson 3, South Carolina 5 Corner Kicks – Clemson 3, South Carolina 2 Fouls – Clemson 16, South Carolina 16
PENALTY KICK SHOOTOUT RESULTS Clemson – Atanda, Yes South Carolina – Groff, Yes Clemson – Sheridan, Yes South Carolina – Romness, Yes Clemson – Wagner, No South Carolina – Lane, Yes Clemson – Weston, Yes South Carolina – Daniel, Yes Clemson – G. Byorth, No
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