Entering their final bout of regular season home competition, the No. 15 Clemson women’s soccer team is set to host the Pitt Panthers in a 1 p.m. matchup on Sunday, October 27. The Sunday game will give the program a chance to honor six seniors in a pregame ceremony while also inducting Clemson women’s soccer great, Deliah Arrington into the Ring of Honor at halftime.
After dropping a 2-3 double overtime heartbreaker against Miami on Thursday, the Tigers are on the hunt for their 10th win of the season and a chance to move to 8-1-1 at Historic Riggs Field. Similar to Clemson, the Panthers (5-8-3, 2-4-2 ACC) are recently coming off a 2-3 double overtime loss to Wake Forest but have key victories over Boston College and NC State this season, with both of their opponents receiving votes at the time of the match.
In Coral Gables, senior Dani Antieau netted her career-high fourth goal of the season with fellow senior Mackenzie Smith adding her name to the scoresheet. Currently, sophomore Renee Guion has led the charge for the TIgers with an impressive 13 points on the season coming off a goal and 11 assists. On the opposing side, freshman Amanda West has tallied 10 goals and eight assists for a season total of 28.
Sandy MacIver, Mackenzie Smith, Sarah Osborne, Dani Antieau, Julie Mackin and Patrice DiPasquale will have the opportunity to be recognized prior to kick-off against the Panthers for a Senior Day ceremony. The six seniors have been an integral part of the Clemson women’s soccer team and have made history since stepping foot in Tigertown. Whether it be winning the 2016 ACC Regular Season Championship title, advancing to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments or defeating South Carolina this season, they have continuously set the standards for future teams.
RING OF HONOR
In addition to Senior Day, the Sunday match against Pitt will also mark Clemson soccer’s first induction into the Ring of Honor. Deliah Arrington was a leader of the Clemson women’s soccer team between 1999-02 when the program had four top 25 finishes, including a program best #5 final ranking in 2000 and #6 in 2001. The program was ranked in the top 25 in 48 of 52 possible polls in her four years. In 2000, Arrington’s sophomore year, Clemson won the ACC regular season championship for the first time. A key victory that year was a 2-1 win over number-one ranked North Carolina. Arrington scored the winning goal in that landmark victory. Clemson moved to a program best #2 ranking after that victory. Over her four years, Arrington scored a school record 50 goals. She became Clemson’s first two-time All-American and was named the ACC Player of the Year in 2002 when she led the conference in goals and points. Arrington was a three-time first-team All-ACC selection and was named to the All-ACC Tournament team in 2002. At the conclusion of her career, she was the number-six overall selection in the first round by the Philadelphia Charge professional team. A 2004 Clemson graduate, she was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 2012.