CLEMSON, SC -
Behind an offensive explosion that saw 10 different Tigers record at least one
goal, the Clemson women's soccer team defeated Alabama A&M 14-0 on Sunday
afternoon at Historic Riggs Field. The
Tigers improved to 5-2-2 (2-1 ACC) with the win, while the Bulldogs fell to
0-10 (0-0 SWAC).
records were set in the victory over the Bulldogs. The 14 goals, 20 assists and 48 points broke
the previous highs of 10 goals, 15 assists and 35 points which were set
September 1, 1998 when the Tigers defeated Auburn on the road. Three Clemson players scored multiple goals
for the first time since 2004, and seven Tigers recorded multiple assists,
which is a new all-time high.
The 14 goals
are also an ACC single game record. The previous record was 12 (twice) -
Maryland vs. Towson State (9/16/92) and NC State vs. College Charleston
"Before the game, we
talked about coming out with a good effort and holding to our standard," said
head coach Eddie Radwanski. "One of the
good things about today was that we were able to play everyone, and each player
who stepped on the field played to that same standard.
"Every person on this
team makes a contribution every day, whether it is on or off the field of
play. Today, everyone was able to make a contribution on the field while
keeping the standard at a high level, which I was pleased to see. Now we turn our focus to the two tough
conference games coming up this week - our first ACC road game at Syracuse, and
then back home to face a top-five Florida State team."
forward Deana Sherry recorded her first career hat trick in Sunday's win. All three of Sherry's goals came in the
second half, which tied a Clemson record for most goals in a half by a single
player, most recently achieved by Julie Bolt in 2008. Senior midfielder Vanessa Laxgang and
sophomore midfielder Kylie Tawney each recorded two goals on the day for the
keepers, freshman Kailen Sheridan, senior Morgan Hert and freshman Anna Davis
all combined on the shutout, but it was freshman midfielder Katie Sprouse that
made the lone save of the day for Clemson.
opened the scoring at the 1:07 mark when she received a pass from freshman
defender Gabby Byorth, dribbled in and shot the ball into the lower right
corner of the net past the Bulldog keeper.
Laxgang tacked on another goal three minutes and 39 seconds later when she
took a pass off freshman midfielder Emily Byorth's corner kick and placed it in
the top left corner. The goals were the
third and fourth of the season for Laxgang, who also tallied two assists in 24 minutes
the Tigers' third and fifth goals of the day, her first two goals of the 2013 season. The first, which came in the sixth minute,
was off a long pass from Laxgang, and Tawney was able to beat the keeper in the
lower left corner. Tawney's second goal
was scored at the 18:25 mark, with assists by Gabby Byorth and junior
midfielder Katelyn Reeve.
Claire Wagner, Allie Kington, Hailey Karg, Jenna Polonsky, Jenna Weston and
Katie Sprouse all added goals for the Tigers in the victory. For Wagner, Kington, Karg, Weston and
Sprouse, the goals were their first of the season, and for Wagner, Weston and
Sprouse, were also the first of their collegiate careers. Savannah Coiner, Abby Jones, Brittany Beaumont,
Haley Hunt and Tori Andreski also recorded assists in the game for the Tigers.
win against the Bulldogs, the Tigers concluded a six-game homestand with a 4-2
record. Clemson will return to action on
Thursday, September 26 when they will travel to Syracuse to face the ACC
newcomer for the first time in program history.
The Tigers will return to the friendly confines of Historic Riggs Field
on Sunday, September 29 to play host to #3 Florida State at 1 PM. The match between the Tigers and Seminoles
will be broadcast live on ESPN3 on ClemsonTigers.com.