November 7, 1998
LADY TIGER LEADERS-Sara Burkett has 15 goals and 10 assists for 40 points to lead the team. Beth Keller has 14 goals and four assists for 32 points. Sheri Bueter leads the team in assists with 12.
NATIONAL RANKINGS–Clemson is ranked 14th by Soccer America and 14th according to the NSCAA Poll as of November 2.
CLEMSON DEFEATS N.C. STATE IN FIRST ROUND OF ACC TOURNAMENT–Beth Keller registered three goals in the first half to lead third-seeded Clemson to a 4-1 victory over six-seeded N.C. State in the quarterfinal match of the Atlantic Coast conference Women’s Soccer Tournament at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL.
With the hat trick, Keller tied the ACC Tournament’s single game record for goals and points. The second-team All-ACC player scored the first two goals of the match booting in a 15-yard shot off the pass from Sheri Bueter at the 9:04 mark, then knocking in a header off of a free kick from Diane Akin at the 38:33 mark.
N.C. State’s Kelly Blaggie retaliated just two minutes later with a goal from the top of the box to pull the Wolfpack within one goal. But Keller intercepted a pass and connected on a 25-yarder to put the 14th-ranked Lady Tigers up 3-1 entering the half. Bueter completed Clemson’s scoring effort with a 10-yard shot off a rebound at the 61:59 mark.
CLEMSON 4, N.C. STATE 1
Scoring1. Clemson--Beth Keller (Bueter) 9:042. Clemson--Beth Keller (Akin) 38:333. N.C. State--Kelly Blaggie (Boggs) 40:23 4. Clemson--Beth Keller (Unassisted) 43:29 5. Clemson--Sheri Bueter (Unassisted) 61:59
Shots: Clemson 19, N.C. State 8Corner Kicks: Clemson 8, N.C. State 5Saves: Carson (C) 3, Marino (NCS) 4Fouls: Clemson 10, N.C. State 8
CLEMSON DEFEATS VIRGINIA IN ACC SEMIFINALS–Clemson’s Beth Keller booted in two goals in leading third-seeded Clemson to a 2-1 victory over second-seeded Virginia in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL.
After a three-goal performance in Thursday’s quarterfinal match against N.C. State, Keller knocked in a 15-yarder at the 26:35 mark to put Clemson up 1-0. She then added her second goal of the night, and fifth of the tournament, at the 77:48 mark as she lofted a 20-yarder over the head of Virginia goalkeeper Meghan Boehm off the pass from Sara Burkett. The Cavaliers got on the board late in the match on a 10-yard shot by Katie Tracy after receiving the cross from Laura Gaworecki.
Clemson 2, Virginia 1
Scoring1. Clemson--Beth Keller (Unassisted) 26:36 2. Clemson--Beth Keller (Burkett)3. Virginia--Tracy (Gaworecki/Borski) 89:44
Shots: Clemson 13, Virginia 18Corner Kicks: Clemson 4, Virginia 7Saves: Carson (C) 8, Boehm (V) 6Fouls: Clemson 13, Virginia 11
CLEMSON’S RECORD–Clemson has a 15-5 record overall. Clemson also finished the regular season with a 5-2 mark in the ACC. The five league wins is the most ACC victories for the Lady Tigers since the beginning of the program in 1994. The 15 wins also is tied for the most wins in a single season by the Lady Tigers. Clemson first fielded a women’s soccer team in 1994.
UPCOMING ACTION–Clemson will face North Carolina in the finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament on Sunday, November 8, at 1:00 p.m.
THE SERIES–This will be the eighth meeting between Clemson and North Carolina. The Tar Heels lead the overall series 7-0. This season, on September 18, North Carolina defeated Clemson 4-2 at Clemson, SC. Clemson has scored four goals against North Carolina in the history of the series. Sheri Bueter has scored three of these goals and Beth Keller has scored the other goal.
LADY TIGERS CLIMBING CAREER CHARTS–Sara Burkett now has 110 points in her career and is first on the Clemson career list for most points scored. Sheri Bueter has 92 points and is third on the Clemson career list. Jennifer Crawford is fourth on the Clemson career list for most points scored with 86. Sheri Bueter is in first place on the Clemson career list for most assists with 40. Burkett has 36 career assists and is second on the school’s career list for most assists.
LEONE’S RECORD-Head Coach Tracey Leone is in her fifth year at Clemson. She currently has a 74-30-2 record overall at the school. This is also Leone’s career record as well.
CLEMSON’S ACC TOURNAMENT HISTORY–Clemson has a 5-4 record overall in the ACC Tournament since the 1994 season. Clemson reached the Championship Game and lost to North Carolina 4-1 in 1996. Last year, Clemson reached the semifinals of the ACC Tournament and lost to North Carolina 3-1. This season, the Lady Tigers have posted wins over N.C. State and Virginia. This will be Clemson’s second trip to the Championship Match.
CLEMSON’S WINNING STREAK–Clemson won eight matches between September 20 and October 12. This is a school record for the longest winning streak. Currently, Clemson has won five matches in a row.
POLL STREAK–Clemson has been ranked in 52 consecutive polls since the 1994 season. The first time the Lady Tigers were ranked was 17th by the NSCAA poll on September 26, 1994. The 1994 season was the first year of the Lady Tiger program.
CLEMSON SETS SCHOOL RECORD–The five ACC wins this season is a school record for most ACC wins in a single season.
KELLER HAS SCORED FIVE GOALS IN ACC TOURNAMENT–Beth Keller scored three goals in Clemson’s 4-1 win over N.C. State in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday, November 5. She scored two goals in the semifinal contest against Virginia on November 6.
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