#7 U of SC 0 - #20 Clemson 1
The women’s team once again put their stifling defense on display, shutting out the vile Gallus gallus domesticus from the Mid-State. The Gamecocks only mustered two shots on goal, and Sandy MacIver dismissed both with ease. The back line of Mackenzie Smith, Sydney Dawson, Dani Antieau, with help from freshman Harper White off the bench dominated the game for the Tigers once again. The only question was the ability to cash in a goal to win the game. Enter freshman Maliah Morris.
Clemson was pulling it’s normal “pelt the goal with shots but don’t actually score” routine when Morris cut across the box and delivered a curling shot just out of reach of the U of SC goalkeeper, for what proved to the match winner.
This was another game where Clemson dominated everywhere but the scoreboard, out shooting South Carolina 11-4. The back line didn’t even allow a shot in the second half despite the added pressure being applied in the SCAR midfield as they scrambled to try and find an equalizer. Normally someone at least gets off a frustration shot from 30 yards out, but even that avenue was shut down by the stifling defense.
The Tigers keep flirting with disaster with their inability to finish in the final 3rd, but I’ll take a win over a top 10 ranked rival any day of the week. Great job, but uh, let’s score a few more goals.
Current Record - 6-1-0
September 20 (Friday) at Historic Riggs Field - 5pm - ACCNX
Notre Dame vs #20 Clemson
#13 Clemson 4 - #10 Notre Dame 2
Whatever problems (and they were multitudinous) that plagued the Tigers last season have been left in 2018. The 2019 vintage of the men’s team isn’t just playing well, they are dominating the competition. Much like in the Cotton Bowl, Clemson rolled over Notre Dame in a contest that wasn’t as close as the lopsided score indicates.
Robbie Robinson (who I always want to call Robbie Robertson) drove the Irish down in the 6th minute with an incredible individual effort. He gutted off no less than 5 Fighting Irish defenders before painting his masterpiece and slotting the ball past the keeper. The weight of scoring goals doesn’t seem to have an impact on young Mr. Robinson, as Notre Dame was left crying tears of rage.
Notre Dame struck back, evening the books in the 22nd minute on a free kick, but it was all Tigers after that slip up. Tanner Dieterich, Luis Felipe Fernandez-Savador and Freshman phenom Philip Mayaka stepped up in the midfield and totally dominated the punchless Irish. Speed merchant Kimarni Smith showed off his shooting prowess off a Notre Dame mistake in the 40th minute to break the tie going into the half. Coming out of halftime, Smith was feeling froggy and decided to outrun the entire Notre Dame defense and slot home his second goal for the match in the 48th minute off a long ball out of the back from Oskar Agren.
Tanner Dieterich, not to be outdone by Robinson and Smth, added to his goal tally in the 61st minute after my soon to be best friend Philip Mayaka destroyed the Fighting Irish defense with a breathtaking pass, put him on goal 1 v 1 with the keeper. Dieterich did not waste my effervescent freshman’s pass, sentencing the ball into the back of the net.
Notre Dame would pull back another garbage goal shortly after the Dieterich goal to salvage a little self respect, but make no mistake, the Tigers completely dominated a top 10 ranked ACC opponent on the road. This was a statement game.
Current Record - 5 -0
September 17 (Tuesday) - Historic Riggs Field - 7pm - ACC Network
Fordham vs #13 Clemson
September 20 (Friday) - Historic Riggs Field - 8pm - ACCNX
#2 Duke vs #13 Clemson
If you’re in town Friday, it’s in your best interest to make it out to Riggs Field for a double header of incredible ACC college soccer action. Come to watch the women take out Notre Dame and stay to watch the men route the Blue Devils.