Last Week Review
Well, at least Clemson beat the College of Charleston. Adrian Nunez continues to rack up goals against weaker competition (which is fine, because Clemson needs goals to beat weaker competition) with a brace against the Cougars on Tuesday. The Tigers also got Robbie Robinson back into the attack after and extended absence from a player that was supposed to lead the Tiger attacking line this season. Hopefully Robbie gets his legs back quickly and adds some juice to the attack.
The Pitt game was sad and predictable. The Tigers just can’t score enough goals to win ACC games, even against mid level opponents like Pittsburgh. Clemson is not only failing to score, for the most part, they are failing to even threaten the goal. They only managed 3 shots on target for the game (1 of which went in). The game went to overtime, but the defense finally conceded at 2nd goal in the second overtime period.
It’s really simple. In order to win games, you have to score, and Clemson has a hard time scoring 1 goal, much less 2 or 3 (which is what it usually takes in the ACC) and find themselves 0-3 in the ACC. They have only managed 1 conference goal. It’s not good, and it if they don’t find a solution quickly, things could get ugly.
Last Week’s Results
College of Charleston 1 - Clemson 3
Pitt 2 - Clemson 1
Current Record: 4-6-1 (0-3 ACC)
There is no rest for the weary as the 10th ranked Cavaliers head to God’s country to face the Tigers on Friday. The good news for the Tigers is UVA is coming off a 2-0 defeat to Duke and the Cavs face 5th ranked Denver on Tuesday. The Cavs don’t score much, but they also don’t let other teams score. Clemson has a chance to get into another war of attrition and try on squeak out a 1-0 victory.
It’s early in the season, but this is a must win for Clemson. Dropping to 0-4 in the ACC would be a disaster. If Clemson entertains any notion of playing in the post season, they’ve got to start winning games right now.
Friday: Virginia vs Clemson (7PM) TV - ACCN Extra (click to watch online)
Last Week Review
After a disappointing home stand the week before, Clemson roared back into contention in the ACC w/ 2 road wins last week. I’m not going to lie, Florida State dominated the Tigers everywhere except the scoreboard. Clemson managed just 1 shot on goal, but Miranda Weslake put it in the net. The Seminoles had 6 shots on goal, but Tiger goal keeper Sandy MacIver is in top form right now and has to be considered one of the top keepers in the ACC (and subsequently, the nation). The Seminoles walked away from the game as the better side, but with an L in ledger. I’ll take that any day of the week.
Clemson followed up their big win in Tallahassee with another shutout victory at Pitt. The Tigers were favored in this game, and took care of business in a unique way. So far this season, if the Tigers are going to score, it’s either Weslake or Speckmaier doing the damage. Against Pitt, Clemson defender Dani Antieau contributed a brace. Scoring isn’t anything new to Anteau, as she slotted home the game winner in the 1st round of the NCAA last year. Personally, I welcome Clemson’s new goal scoring phenom.
Last Week’s Results
Clemson 1 - FSU 0
Pitt 0 - Clemson 2
Current Record: 10-5 (2-2 ACC)
The Tigers get a few days off before facing 17th ranked Duke on Saturday at Riggs Field. Duke is hot right now, coming off of 2 ACC wins against Wake and Va Tech last week. They also get a few days off before heading south to the real Carolina. It should be an interesting match-up, Duke is good at scoring goals and Clemson is good at not giving up goals. The Tigers will have to find a way to slow down one of the best goal scorers in the nation in Duke Senior Forward Kayla McCoy if they want to keep their winning streak intact. This is a tough game, but another game the Tigers need to win to stay competitive in the stacked ACC.
Saturday: Duke vs Clemson (5PM) TV - ACCN Extra (click for link)
Last week I said, “at worst Clemson needs a split” and.....Clemson got a split! They fell to Georgia Tech on the road. They were in it, but crumbled down the stretch. The home cooking at Clemson paid off against Va. Tech, as the Tigers made short work of the Hokies.
Last Weeks Results
Clemson 2 - Georgia Tech 3
Va Tech 0 - Clemson 3
Current Record: 10-9 (1-5 ACC)
Friday: Clemson vs Duke (6:30PM) TV - ACCN Extra (click for link)
Sunday: Clemson vs Wake Forest (1PM) TV - ACCN Extra (click for link)