CLEMSON, S.C. – Five NCAA Sweet 16 teams from 2016, including three that advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, are on the slate for the Clemson women's soccer team in 2017. The schedule was announced by Head Coach Eddie Radwanski on Friday afternoon. Radwanski and his staff have helped return the program to national prominence, with three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 berth in 2016, as well as a final rank of 12th in the nation.
“We look forward to the 2017 season, having added several new teams to the schedule,” said Radwanski, who is entering his seventh season leading the Tigers. “The diversity of the teams and the different styles of play we will see during nonconference play will help prepare us for the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. The strength of the schedule speaks for itself, with many NCAA Tournament teams and nationally-ranked opponents. Our fans will have the chance to see some exciting home matches at Historic Riggs Field, including our preseason matches versus Air Force and Duke.”
During the preseason, the Tigers host friendlies against Air Force on Aug. 8 and 2016 NCAA Elite Eight team Duke on Aug. 12, before heading to Bloomington, Ind. to open the regular season at the Hoosier Challenge Cup. Clemson faces SIU Edwardsville on Aug. 18 and Indiana on Aug. 20. The team returns to Riggs for a home match against Auburn on Aug. 25 before finishing the month on the road at UNC Greensboro, where Radwanski spent 10 seasons as head coach from 2001-10, on the 27th.
Clemson hosts VCU on Sept. 1 and travels to Athens, Ga. to face the Bulldogs on Sept. 3. The team's final nonconference match of the season comes on Sept. 8 when it hosts rival South Carolina, which advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals a year ago.
The Tigers open ACC play at home against Notre Dame on Sept. 16, before hitting the road for three straight conference matches, vs. North Carolina in Cary, N.C. on Sept. 21, at Syracuse on Sept. 24 and at Miami on Sept. 29. When Clemson faces the Tar Heels on Sept. 21, it will be a rematch of the NCAA Sweet 16 matchup between the two teams on Nov. 20, 2016, which UNC narrowly won 1-0 and went on to reach the NCAA Final Four.
Clemson hosts four conference opponents at Historic Riggs Field in October – Louisville on Oct. 5, Virginia Tech on Oct. 8, Wake Forest on Oct. 22 and Florida State on Oct. 26. Two consecutive ACC road matches, at Virginia on Oct. 14 and at NC State on Oct. 19, complete the Tigers' league regular season schedule.
For the second-straight year, the ACC Tournament begins with the quarterfinal round on Oct. 29 at campus sites, with the higher-seeded team serving as host. The ACC Semifinals and ACC Championship match will be held at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, S.C., also for the second year in a row, on Nov. 3 and Nov. 5.