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Oct 21, 2018

Tigers Defeat Virginia Tech On the Road, First Win in Blacksburg Since 2004

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Clemson women’s soccer team bounced back strong after road loss to Wake Forest on Thursday, finishing the weekend off with a solid team performance in a 3-1 victory over Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon at Thompson Field in Blacksburg, Va. With the win, the Tigers improved to 10-7 overall and 5-4 in the ACC, while the Hokies slipped to 8-6-3 overall and 4-5 in conference play.

In the 35th minute of play, redshirt senior forward Miranda Weslake beat a Virginia Tech defender and took a shot that got past the Hokies’ goalkeeper. Sophomore forward Mariana Speckmaier got on the end of Weslake’s shot and finished it off to give Clemson a 2-0 advantage.


  • Weslake netted her eighth goal of the season to give Clemson an early 1-0 lead in the 13th minute, with sophomore defender Dani Antieau on the assist, her third of the season.
  • Redshirt freshman forward Courtney Jones notched her second goal of the season to solidify the victory over Virginia Tech in the 62nd minute of play.
  • Freshman Brooke Power earned her first career start and played all 90 minutes against the Hokies, and recorded her second assist of the season on Jones’ goal.
  • Weslake and Speckmaier continue to lead the Tiger offense, each scoring their eighth goals of the season against the Hokies. Weslake leads the team in scoring as she tallied three points on the day, for a total of 19 on the season.
  • Junior keeper Sandy MacIver earned her eighth win of the season while picking up six saves against the Hokies, giving her a total of 39 saves this season.
  • Today’s game was the first time since a 5-0 victory over Liberty on Sept. 9 that Clemson has scored three or more goals, and the fourth time this year, as they defeated Indiana 4-2 and Wofford 3-0 earlier this season.
  • The win marks the first win at Thompson Field in Blacksburg, Va. since the first meeting between the two programs on Oct. 6, 2004, when Clemson defeated the Hokies 1-0.

Clemson closes out the regular season on the road, traveling to Syracuse, N.Y. The Tigers take on the Orange on Thursday, Oct. 25 for a 7 p.m. start at SU Soccer Stadium.


“We are pleased to get a win on the road against a very good Virginia Tech team. Virginia Tech is one of those teams in the ACC that is very difficult to beat on their home field. We have a lot of respect for them and their competitiveness and fight, and know they are never going to make it easy. It was good to see our girls respond, as we were not pleased with our performance on Thursday. I always ask the question ‘how will you respond?’ and our kids responded in a positive way today. We had some very good performances out there today from Brooke Power, Mac Smith and Sandy MacIver in goal. It was a great team effort, we scored three very good goals, played well and managed the game well, which is difficult on the road.

“I’m happy that we responded well and bounced back after the game on Thursday, as I was a little disappointed with that performance. How we were going to respond today was going to be a big issue, but earning three points on the road and playing the way we did was a positive end to this road trip. Now we need to head back home, recover, do a little bit of work and finish the season up at Syracuse, which also won’t be an easy game, and we’ll need to show up, compete and get another three points to finish off the season.”