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Women’s Soccer 1997 Season Review

September 2, 1998

Clemson Advances to NCAA’S Final Eight–Clemson advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Final Eight in 1997. Clemson defeated Georgia 1-0 on November 17, and UNC Greensboro 5-0, on November 22. The Lady Tigers lost to Santa Clara 3-0 in the round of eight on November 29.

Clemson Defeated Top 10 Teams in 1997-Clemson defeated fourth-ranked William & Mary on Sept. 14, (2-0) and fifth-ranked Virginia (2-0) on October 24. In the ACC Tournament the Lady Tigers again defeated eighth-ranked Virginia (1-0) on November 6, giving the Lady Tigers three top 10 wins in one season for the first time ever.

Clemson Won Kentucky Invitational-Clemson defeated Kentucky and Missouri in winning the Kentucky Invitational on August 29-31.

Clemson Finished Season Ranked 10th–The Lady Tigers finished the season ranked 10th in both the Soccer America and NSCAA polls. This is the highest the Lady Tigers have ever finished in the final poll in the program’s four-year history.

Clemson Advances to the NCAA Tournament For the Fourth Straight Season–Clemson advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season in 1997. The Lady Tigers have advanced to NCAA play every year Clemson has had a team.

Leading Scorers-Jennifer Crawford led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 36 points. Crawford led the team in goals scored with 17. Sara Burkett had 12 assists to lead the team. She finished the season with 28 points.

Burkett Named All-American-Sara Burkett was named second-team All-American as announced by the National Collegiate Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA). Burkett is Clemson’s first All-American in women’s soccer, and she returns for 1998, her senior season.

Clemson Players Named All-Southeast-Sara Burkett was named first-team All-Southeast by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Sheri Bueter was named to the third team.

Three Lady Tigers Named All-ACC-Sara Burkett , Sheri Bueter, and Meredith McCullen were named to the All-ACC team. Burkett, for the third year in a row, was named to the first team. Bueter and McCullen were named to the second team. Bueter and Burkett were named to the All-ACC Tournament team.

Clemson returns nine starters–Clemson returns nine starters from the 1997 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Final Eight. The Lady Tigers also have 14 letterwinners returning.

Lady Tigers Climbing Career Charts–Sheri Bueter and Sara Burkett are both tied for second on the Clemson career list for most points (70). Jennifer Crawford is fourth on the same list with 68 points. Crawford is second for most goals scored in a career with 30. Sara Burkett is tied for third with 22 goals, while Bueter is fifth with 21 goals. Sheri Bueter holds the Clemson career record for most assists with 28. Burkett is second with 26.

Clemson vs. Non-League Foes–The Lady Tigers own a 45-7 record against non-conference teams in their first four years of competition. Clemson has lost only one regular season game against non-ACC opponents, at home, as Stanford defeated Clemson 1-0 on September 12, 1997.

Poll Streak–Clemson has been ranked in 44 consecutive polls since the 1994 season. The first time the Lady Tigers were ranked was 17th by the ISAA poll on September 26, 1994. The first time Clemson was ranked in the Soccer America poll was on September 27, 1994 when the Lady Tigers were ranked 19th. The 1994 season was the first year of the Lady Tiger program.

Clemson’s Record in NightGames–Clemson has a cumulative record of 29-3-2 when playing a home game at night. Clemson was 9-0-1 involving night home games in 1994. The Lady Tigers were 8-2 when playing at night at Riggs Field in 1995. In 1996, the Lady Tigers were 7-0-1, while Clemson was 5-1 at night in 1997.

Burkett named a finalist for the hermann trophy-Clemson’s Sara Burkett was named one of the 10 finalists for the 1997 Hermann Trophy. The Hermann Trophy is the oldest and most coveted collegiate soccer award in the country.

Crawford and Burkett Climbed Single Season Record Charts– Crawford scored 17 goals for the Lady Tigers in 1997. This is the third most goals scored in a single season by a Lady Tiger. Burkett had 12 assists in 1997 and is listed second for the most assists in a single season by a Clemson player. Teammate Sheri Bueter holds the Clemson record for most assists in a season with 13 in 1994.

Clemson Record vs. Ranked Teams-Clemson was 7-4 vs. ranked teams in 1997. The highest ranked team Clemson defeated in 1997 was fourth ranked William & Mary. Clemson had 15 wins in 1997, but six were over top 25 teams.

Lady Tiger NCAA History-Clemson has a 2-2-1 record in NCAA Tournament play. In 1994 Clemson and N.C. State tied 1-1, but the Wolfpack advanced by winning in a sudden death penalty kick round. In 1995, Texas A&M defeated Clemson 4-1 in College Station, TX. In 1996, Wake Forest defeated Clemson 2-1. Last season Clemson defeated Georgia (1-0) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on November 17, and UNC-Greensboro (5-0) on November 22, before losing to Santa Clara 3-0 on November 29.

Clemson in the Final Polls NSCAA-1994-13, 1995-16, 1996-18, 1997-10 Soccer America 1994-15, 1995-15, 1996-11, 1997-10

Bueter and Burkett are Durable Players for the Lady Tigers -Sheri Bueter and Sara Burkett have been reliable players for the Lady Tigers. Bueter has started 60 games for Clemson, while Burkett has started 65. Burkett has started all 65 games that Clemson has played in the last three years.

Angela Brames Wins ACC Award-Clemson’s Angela Brames won the Weaver James Corrigan Award given annually to top student athletes in the ACC. Brames was a 1997 senior and was a secondary eduction major at Clemson.


All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team-Sara Burkett Second Team-Sheri Bueter, Meredith McCullen

ACC Player-of-the-Week Oct. 6-Jennifer Crawford Nov. 2-Jennifer Crawford

Soccer America of the Week Selections Sept. 16-Sara Burkett Oct. 26-Sara Burkett

Kentucky Invitational All-Tournament Team Sara Burkett, Beth Keller, Sheri Bueter, Lindsay Massengale

All Southeast First Team-Sara Burkett Third Team-Sheri Bueter

Weaver-James-Corrigan Award (ACC Postgraduate Scholarship) Angela Brames

NCAA Final Eight Team Champions-KENTUCKY Invitational

Clemson in National Polls in 1997– The following chart is Clemsons weekly rank in the polls in 1997:

                 Soccer              NSCAA   America    Preseason  20      20    Sept. 1    20       8    Sept. 8    11      11    Sept.15    10      12    Sept.22    14      10    Sept.29    13       9    Oct.  6    12       9    Oct. 13    19      12    Oct. 20    20      17    Oct. 27    15      17    Nov.  3    12      14    Nov. 10    14      10Dec. 12    10      NP

Head coach Tracey Leone Played for National Team–Clemson Head Coach Tracey Leone played for the United States National Team in 1987-1991. During her National Team career, she was a member of the 1991 Womens World Soccer Championship team. Overall, she appeared in 29 international games and had five goals for the US Team, including two vs. Haiti in a Zone Qualifying Tournament in Haiti in April, 1991.

Leone a Member of the U.S. Team That Won World Cup in 1991–The U.S. Women’s National team won the first ever women’s World Cup. The U.S. Women defeated Norway 2-1 in Guanzhou, China on November 30, 1991. They were the first American team to win a FIFA-sponsored tournament. In the tournament, the U.S. rolled to a flawless 6-0 record and outscored its opposition, 25-5.