Clemson Game Notes
#️⃣4️⃣ Clemson (4-2-0, 3-2-0) 🆚 #️⃣1️⃣4️⃣ Notre Dame (3-2-0, 3-2-0)
📍 Alumni Stadium – Notre Dame, Ind.
⚽⏰ Kickoff Time – 1:00 p.m.
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Clemson got back in the win column with a 2-0 performance over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons last Sunday. The senior day win pushed the Tigers to 4-2-0 on the season with a 3-2-0 mark within conference play.
Heading on just their third road trip of 2020, the Tigers look to improve on their streak with a win over #14 Notre Dame as the fourth-ranked Clemson squad makes the trek to Notre Dame, Ind. for just the third time in program history (2015 & 2017.)
With Clemson moving up into the fourth position in the United Soccer Coaches poll and Notre Dame holding onto the 14th spot, it becomes the third, ranked match-up for Clemson in 2020.
When the Tigers make the trek north to face the Fighting Irish, it will mark the first time that Abigail Mitchell and her sister Lucy will have faced off in their collegiate careers.
Lucy, a freshman forward for Notre Dame, has played in all five matches in 2020 but has yet to record numbers in any statistical category.
Abigail, who was recognized in Clemson’s senior day last Sunday, has played in two matches on the Tigers’ backline throughout 2020 for a total of 32 minutes.
Clemson and Notre Dame last faced off On Sept. 20, 2019, at Historic Riggs Field. It was the 6th match all-time between the two sides and the fourth match held at Clemson. The match also marked the 2019 ACC opener for both sides.
How It Was Decided
In the 57th minute, then-sophomore Renee Guion sent a feed to the top of the box where it was met by Mackenzie Smith who sent a shot that deflected off the underside of the bar and across the line for the goal. The goal was Smith’s first of the 2019 season and gave Guion the ninth assist of her 12-assist season.
After tying her career-high with eight saves against the Demon Deacons, junior netminder Hensley Hancuff was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week. The recognition was the first for Hancuff by Top Drawer Soccer despite being named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 22.
The match marked her fourth win of the season while her eight saves brought her season saves total to 20. Through her five games and five starts in 2020, Hancuff has recorded three solo shutouts and a combined shutout with Hannah McLaughlin after starting and playing 76 minutes in a 4-0 win over Miami to open the season.