CLEMSON, SC - The Clemson women's soccer team fell to 19th-ranked Wake Forest by a score of 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Historic Riggs Field. With the loss, the Tigers drop to 7-5-4 overall (4-4-2 ACC), while the Demon Deacons improve to 9-4-2 (4-4-2 ACC).
"Today's game was a tale of two halves," said head coach Eddie Radwanski. "We played well in the first half, created opportunities and dictated play. Give credit to Wake Forest, they came out in the second half and controlled the game and dictated tempo. They took care of the ball, created opportunities and capitalized on one of them.
"In this game, it is a matter of moments and how well you handle those moments when they occur. We did not take advantage of our chances today and that is the bottom line. When you don't take advantage of your chances, you leave the door open. Wake Forest was patient and they made the most of their opportunities when they had them."
The Tigers were in control on offense for the majority of the first half, taking nine shots, including six on goal, compared to Wake Forest's two shots (none on goal). Senior midfielder Vanessa Laxgang took three of Clemson's six shots on goal in the frame.
Perhaps the Tigers' best chance in the first half came after a free kick in the 39th minute. Freshman defender Claire Wagner handled the free kick, which bounced around inside the box and ended up with sophomore midfielder Kylie Tawney on the left side. Tawney took two dribbles to the center and launched a right-footed shot, which hit the cross bar and bounced over the back of the goal.
In the second half, Wake Forest broke the 0-0 tie at the 51:32 mark. Riley Ridgik netted the goal, with an assist from Ally Berry. The goal was Ridgik's seventh of the season and proved to be enough as the Demon Deacons held on for the 1-0 victory.
For the game, Clemson outshot Wake Forest 12-9 including a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal. However, only three of those shots (one on goal) came after halftime. Laxgang led the Tigers with five total shots, four of which were on net. Freshman forward Catrina Atanda and sophomore forward Jenna Polonsky each took two shots on the day. Freshman keeper Kailen Sheridan made four saves in the game, with all of them coming in the second half.
"We have to move on from this," added Radwanski. "We have two challenging opponents coming up this week, which is par for the course in the ACC. It will help us to continue to get better, grow and compete."
The Tigers will indeed face two ACC opponents ranked in the top-10 nationally this week. The team will travel to Chapel Hill, NC on Thursday, October 24 to face #4 North Carolina at 7 PM. On Sunday, October 27, Clemson will play its final regular season home game against #9 Notre Dame at 1 PM at Historic Riggs Field.
Clemson 0, #19 Wake Forest 1
Wake Forest - Ridgik (from Berry) 51:32
Saves - Sheridan (CU) 4, Bledsoe (WFU) 7
Shots - Clemson 12, Wake Forest 9
Corner Kicks - Clemson 7, Wake Forest 5
Fouls - Clemson 11, Wake Forest 9