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Oct 23, 2018

Tigers Topple No. 20 Syracuse


CLEMSON, S.C. – A trio of goals from Tanner Dieterich, Robbie Robinson and Adrian Nuñez led the Clemson men’s soccer team past the No. 20 Syracuse Orange, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Historic Riggs Field. With the win, Clemson moved to 6-8-1 overall and 1-6-0 in the ACC, while Syracuse moved to 7-5-3 overall and 1-4-2 in conference play.

The Tigers took an early lead in the 14th minute when Robinson drew a foul in the box, earning a penalty kick that Dieterich slotted around Orange keeper Hendrik Hilpert. It was Robinson who then doubled Clemson’s lead in the 34th minute, lacing a long shot from 30 yards out past a diving Hilpert for his first score of the year, and the Tigers took that two-goal advantage into the break.

The Orange netted their first goal eight minutes into the second half, when Len Zeugner sent a header off a corner kick past George Marks at the far post to cut Clemson’s lead to 2-1. Nuñez brought the lead back up to two goals in the 80th minute, taking a feed from Andrew Burnikel, dribbling up the near sideline and breaking away for a rolling shot inside the box. Less than two minutes later, the Orange scored as well, when Massimo Ferrin sent a shot from the six-yard box into the roof of the net, but the Tigers held off any further Orange threat for the remainder of the match to seal the win.

“I’m really happy for the team,” head coach Mike Noonan said. “They have not stopped even though they’ve faced a lot of bitter disappointments. To come out that way tonight after a short turnaround from Saturday with travel and everything else…that’s Clemson grit. I’m really, really proud of them.”

Clemson concludes the regular season on Saturday with a matchup against the NC State Wolfpack. Kickoff for the Senior Day match is set for 6 p.m. at Historic Riggs Field.

Video by Andrew Chalon


Photos by Carly Gough and Emily Goad, Clemson Athletic Communications.

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