Clemson (0-0) 🆚 Miami (0-0)
📍 Patton Park – Jacksonville, Fla.
⚽⏰ Kickoff Time – 6:30 p.m.
After playing their last game on November 22, 2019, the Clemson women’s soccer team returns to action as they open up the 2020 schedule in a neutral-site, non-conference match against the Miami Hurricanes. The two sides agreed to play the contest outside of the eight-match ACC schedule and it will not be open to the public.
Clemson and Miami squared off just last season as the Hurricanes took the match by a 3-2 margin following two overtime periods with the goal coming with 41 seconds remaining. Prior to last season’s result, the Tigers had won five straight regular-season matchups against the Hurricanes dating back to the 2014 season.
Following the non-conference tilt against Miami, Clemson will flip its focus to the ACC opener as they welcome Virginia Tech to Historic Riggs Field on Sept. 17 for a 7 p.m. match.
After an NCAA Second Round run in 2019, the Tigers will return 17 players for the 2020 competition. Most notably, the top three scorers on Clemson’s 2019 lineup will return to the pitch this fall as they look to lead the Tigers once again through a tough ACC schedule. The now sophomore class will also look to shine after combining for 12 goals and nine assists for 33 points alongside two ACC Player of the Week honorees and two ACC All-Freshman members in their inaugural season.
The Clemson women’s soccer team recently announced 2020 leadership positions as Sydney Dawson, Renee Guion, and Kimber Haley earn captain nods. The three players participated in all of Clemson’s 20 matches in 2020 as they combined for three goals and 16 assists.
Head Coach Eddie Radwanski enters his 10th year at the helm of Clemson women’s soccer and 20th year of collegiate coaching while sitting just seven wins shy of 100 career wins at Clemson.
Throughout his tenure at Clemson, he has claimed a ACC Coach of the Year award and an ACC regular-season title while producing some of the top players in the country including NWSL draft selections: Claire Wagner, Catrina Atanda, Kailen Sheridan, and Sam Staab.
Clemson brings in the 5th ranked recruit class in the nation as every freshman holds an individual ranking in the IMG Academy Top 150. The class brings in two defenders, two midfielders, and a goalkeeper to Tigertown. For a comprehensive look at the freshman class click here.
In addition to the freshman class, the Tigers added two transfers in forward Sami Meredith of South Carolina and goalkeeper Hensley Hancuff of Villanova. Both Meredith and Hancuff saw action in Clemson’s two spring matches as Meredith netted four goals including a hat-trick while Hancuff added a clean sheet.
During her first collegiate season with the Gamecocks, Meredith participated in 17 games and added 317 minutes to her resume while netting her first collegiate goal. Meredith will wear No. 29 for the Tigers.
Throughout her two years with Villanova, Hancuff started in 18 games between the posts. In her freshman year, she recorded a career-high eight saves when the Wildcats came to Clemson to face the Tigers. She went on to duplicate her career-high mark on two separate occasions when Villanova faced Georgetown and nationally-ranked Florida State. Hancuff will wear No. 51 for the Tigers.