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Austen Burnikel
Player Profile:
Austen Burnikel 1686271
Position: Forward
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 183
Year: Junior
Hometown: Greer, S.C.
Major: Health Science

In 2014 (Sophomore):

  • Played in 14 total matches for Clemson, starting nine.
  • Led the team in goals scored, despite only playing in 14 matches and taking only 15 shots.
  • He scored five total goals, including three game-winners against Pittsburgh, eventual national champion Virginia and NC State. Scored twice against NC State.
  • Named to Clemson’s Honor Roll during the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters for maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA.

In 2013 (Freshman):

  • Played in 18 matches
  • Starter as a freshman in nine matches at the forward position
  • Had two assists during the season
  • Had an assist in the Maryland match against the 17th ranked Terrapins on September 21
  • Assisted on the winning goal in the North Carolina match on October 8, against the sixth-ranked Tar Heels

Before Clemson:

  • Played for the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy, coached by Russell Shelley
  • Club team captain and was a member of the ODP program since 2007
  • Member of the Region III ODP team and played internationally
  • Played at St. Joseph's High School in Greenville, SC for Head Coach Frank Kucinic
  • In high school was named MVP of his team and was named all-state and all-region
  • Led his high school to region and state championships
  • His club team was Region III Champions and Disney Soccer Showcase Champions
  • Helped lead his club team to state championships in 2007-2011
  • Captain of his club team for eight years
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • Brother, Alex was a member of the Clemson soccer team in 2012
  • Born November 15, 1994
  • Majoring in health science
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