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Nov 09, 2018

Tigers Hosts Rebels in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday

CLEMSON, S.C. – The 25th-ranked Clemson women’s soccer team hosts Ole Miss in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at Historic Riggs Field. This is the fifth straight NCAA Tournament berth and fourth consecutive year that the Tigers have hosted a first-round contest.

Match Information:
No. 25 Clemson Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels
When: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.
Where: Historic Riggs, Field, Clemson, S.C.

Clemson Team Notes:

  • The Tigers are making the program’s 19th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament and have a 12-14-10 all-time record in the national tournament.
  • The Tigers are 12-8 overall and finished fifth in the ACC earning the third trip to the semifinals of the ACC Championship under Head Coach Eddie Radwanski in his eight seasons.
  • Clemson has earned a shutout over a ranked opponent three times this season. The Tigers posted shutouts versus No. 4 Virginia on Sept. 20, No. 10 Florida State on Oct. 4 and No. 19 Boston College on Oct. 28. All three matches ended with a final score of 1-0, and all three opponents entered the match averaging more than two goals per game.
  • Two of three shutout victories were on the road, handing Florida State just its fifth loss at home in its last 89 matches, dating back to the 2011 season as they had an 81-4-4 record at the Seminole Soccer Complex entering the match. The Tigers also gave the Eagles their only loss of the season at Newton Soccer Field, as they entered the match 11-0 on their home turf.
  • Eleven different players have scored at least one goal for the Tigers so far in 2018, and six of those 11 have scored two or more goals on the season.

Clemson Player Notes:

  • Sam Staab was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year while also nabbing First Team All-ACC honors as announced by the league on Nov. 1. Mariana Speckmaier earned Second Team honors while Sandy MacIver and Miranda Weslake picked up their first all-conference honors as they were named to the Third Team All-ACC.
  • Sophomore forward Speckmaier now leads the team in scoring with 21 points as she netted her 10th goal of the season in the 1-0 upset over No. 19 Boston College to advance to the semifinals of the ACC Championship Tournament.
  • Speckmaier leads the conference and is tied for fourth nationally in game-winning goals (6) and is tied for second in the conference with 10 goals.
  • Redshirt senior Weslake is finishing her career at Clemson in style as she is second on the team offensively, netting eight goals while assisting on three for a total of 19 points.
  • Senior defender Staab is second in the conference and sixth in the country in assists per game (.65) and is second in the conference with 11 assists.
  • Staab was the only collegiate player called up to the U.S. U23 Women’s National Team for the 2018 Nordic Tournament that took place from Aug. 29-Sept. 3. The San Diego, Calif. native scored the team’s game-winning goal in the 1-0 win over Norway to secure the USA’s first-place finish.
  • Junior goalkeeper Sandy MacIver has played 1,459 minutes in goal in 16 contests for the Tigers. She has 48 saves and a .787 save percentage, while allowing just 13 goals for a 0.80 goals against average. MacIver also has eight solo shutouts on the season. Her shutouts per game (.50) ranks first in the ACC while her eight solo shutouts is tied for second. The two-year starter in goal is fourth in the program’s record book with 13 career shutouts.
  • The Winsford, England native missed the first four matches of the season as she was in France, where she represented England’s women’s national team and earned a bronze medal at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Ole Miss Notes:

  • The Rebels enter Saturday’s match with a 12-7-1 record and are 3-1 in the last four matches, falling to 4-0 to Arkansas in the SEC Quarterfinal on Oct. 30.
  • CeCe Kizer leads the team and SEC in points (34), while also leading the team and league in goals (13) and assists (8). The senior forward is tied 12th in the nation in points and 15th in goals this season. Kizer earned her third All-SEC First Team honors, becoming the third Rebel in history to earn first team honors three times.
  • Sophomore forward Channing Foster is second on the Ole Miss squad in points (17) and goals (8). She earned All-SEC Second Team recognition for the second-straight season.
  • Ole Miss has had 12 different players score at least one goal so far this season, and six of those 12 have scored two or more goals on the season.
  • Fourteen Rebels have at least one assist, and eight of those 14 have two or more.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Morgan McAslan saw her first action of the 2018 season on Oct. 7 against Arkansas after senior Marnie Merritt suffered an injury in the 7th minute. She has 21 saves and a .7214 save percentage, allowing 8 goals for a 1.35 goals against average in her 534 minutes in net for the Rebels.

Series Notes:

  • This will mark only the second meeting between the two programs, the first was in 2015 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Historic Riggs Field.
  • The match ended in a 1-1 draw with Ole Miss advancing on PK’s 5-4 to the Sweet 16.

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