NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal Match Information
Who: No. 3 Clemson Tigers (14-3-5) vs. No. 4 Denver (19-0-3)
When: Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Historic Riggs Field, Clemson, S.C.
Watch: ESPN3 (http://es.pn/2gFheQa)
Live Stats: NCAA.com (http://on.ncaa.com/2g6Hi6E)
Follow: @ClemsonMSoccer on Twitter and Instagram
- Clemson (14-3-5) advanced to the Elite Eight after a 3-1 victory over Albany on Sunday night.
- Austen Burnikel tallied two goals in the victory to bring his season total to five.
- Senior Alex Happi continued his postseason streak recording his fourth goal of the postseason and second match in a row for a total of three goals in two matches. He is also tied for second in the NCAA Tournament for overall goals.
- For the second straight year, the Tigers have advanced to the Elite Eight.
- Head Coach Mike Noonan is currently 73-46-26 at the helm of the Tigers and is only three wins away from 300 in his career and this season is his 15th appearance all-time.
- The Clemson defense is currently ranked 14th in the NCAA with a (0.69) goal against average and 12th in the country with a (0.50) shutout percentage.
- The Tigers lead the way in the NCAA Tournament averaging four assists per game.
- Five of the eight teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament are from the ACC.
- 12 different Tigers have scored for the Tigers this season to make up the 29 goals scored by the team and rank third in total points with 18.
- Since 2005 the Tigers are 9-1-1 at Historic Riggs Field in the NCAA Tournament.
- Denver (19-0-3) defeated No. 11 Washington, 2-1 to advance to the Elite Eight.
- The Pioneers won the Summit League Tournament Championship for the second straight year to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and the No. 6 overall seed.
- Sophomore Andre Shinyashiki leads the team with eight goals and 21 points for the season.
- The Denver defense is ranked first in the NCAA with a (0.48) goal against average and third with a (0.59) shutout percentage
- Redshirt sophomore Nick Gardner ranks third in the NCAA with a (0.503) goals against average and has played 21 matches and 1,966 minutes in net for the Pioneers.
- Including 2016, Denver has a 58-12-11 record over the last four seasons.
- This is the fourth year in a row the Pioneers have made the NCAA Tournament
- Denver will enter 2017 on a 35-match regular season unbeaten streak dating back to Halloween Night, 2014.
- Redshirt Senior defender Reagan Dunk has been named to the MAC Herman Trophy semifinalist list.
- Friday is the first ever meeting between Denver and Clemson.
- Denver is the first program to go unbeaten in consecutive regular seasons since Clemson did so in 1977-78.
- The only common opponent between the two sides this season was Creighton. Clemson won 2-1 and Denver tied the Bluejays 0-0 in double overtime.
Ticket Information: Tickets can be purchased online at ClemsonTigers.com or at the Historic Riggs Field gates prior to the match on Friday. The match is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are as follows:
Adult Reserved - $8
Adult GA - $6
Child - $4
Senior - $4
NOTE: Clemson students will be admitted for free with a valid CUID.