- The Clemson women's soccer team won its fourth Atlantic Coast Conference match
of the season, a crucial 1-0 road victory over NC State, on Sunday afternoon at
Dail Soccer Field in Raleigh, NC. Senior
Tabitha Padgett scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick to lift the
Tigers to victory. With the win, Clemson
improved to 7-4-3 (4-3-1 ACC), while the Wolfpack fell to 6-9 (1-8 ACC).
happy to get a win and the three points," said head coach Eddie Radwanski. "Any time you are on the road in the ACC and
come away with a victory, you have to be pleased. We played very well in the first half, and
did a good job of moving the ball and dominating play.
of play was disrupted a lot on the second half, but thank goodness we have
Kailen Sheridan in goal. She made a
great save on a penalty kick and is really showing why she is one of the best
goalkeepers in the ACC. That save
provided a huge lift to our team, which was visible on the field.
scored, we did a good job managing the rest of the game. NC State is dangerous on free kicks because
of their long service, and give them credit for not giving up and making things
difficult for us. Overall, it was good
to get the win and the three points. Now,
it's time to start focusing on Duke."
controlled the game in the first half, taking seven shots, including three on
goal, compared to four Wolfpack shots (one on goal), but were unable to capitalize
on their chances in the first frame, and the game remained scoreless at
In the 64th
minute, Clemson freshman midfielder Emily Byorth made an aggressive move and was
taken down inside the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Padgett, who had just entered the game,
handled the kick, and sent a left-footed shot into the right side of the net,
past the outstretched hands of Wolfpack keeper Mackenzie Stelljes. The goal was Padgett's second of the season.
keeper Kailen Sheridan posted five saves in the game, including the critical stop
on the NC State penalty kick early in the second half, which provided a
momentum boost for the Tigers. Sheridan,
who recorded her sixth solo shutout, now has 47 saves on the season.
game was physical, as a total of 36 fouls were called (18 on each team), with
24 of the 36 coming in the second half. NC
State was also issued three yellow cards in the second frame.
straight road games, the Tigers will return to Historic Riggs Field for two
games this week. On Thursday, October
17, Clemson will play host to Duke at 7 PM in a game designated as a "Pink
Game." On Sunday, October 20, 11th-ranked
Wake Forest will travel to Clemson for a 2 PM contest that will be televised on
1, NC State 0
Clemson - Padgett (Penalty Kick) 63:01
Saves - Sheridan (CU) 5, Stelljes (NCSU) 5
Shots - Clemson 19, NC State 15
Corner Kicks - Clemson 5, NC State 2
Fouls - Clemson 18, NC State 18