No. 6 Clemson Travels to No. 2 Wake Forest for Top-10 Matchup

BY: TYRIA GOINES

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — No. 6 Clemson Tigers men’s soccer team (8-1-0; 2-1-0) travels to Spry Stadium for a top-10 matchup against No. 2 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-1-0; 3-0-0) on Friday, Sept. 29. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C., and can be watched on ESPNU.

Wake Forest is coming off a come-from-behind 2-1 win over South Carolina on Tuesday.

Ema Twumasi scored the game-winner in the 89th minute to give the Demon Deacons the win. Wake Forest is ranked No. 2 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll, leading the six ACC schools in the top 10. The Demon Deacons’ 3-0-0 conference record has them at the top of the Atlantic Division, just ahead of Clemson and Louisville, who both are 2-1-1 in ACC play. Wake Forest has scored 28 goals in 10 matches, good for second in the ACC.

The Tigers are coming off a 4-1 win over Charlotte at Historic Riggs Field on Tuesday night.

Jason Wright netted the Tigers’ first two goals, the first off Cale Thorne’s first assist of the year and the second off a Diego Campos corner kick. Oliver Shannon upped the Tigers’ lead to 3-1 on a laser from over 20 yards out off a pass from Michael Melvin, and Robbie Robinson cemented the 4-1 win by playing a cross from Robby Jacobs into the back of the net.

Clemson opened the season with four consecutive wins for the first time since 2013. The Tigers rank first in the ACC in goals allowed (five in nine matches) and goals against average (0.55). Clemson also ranks first in the ACC and fourth nationally in average home attendance (2,652 per match). Clemson is ranked No. 6 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll, making it one of six ACC teams in the top 10. The Tigers have been ranked in the top 10 of this poll for 26 straight weeks.

Four of the last seven matchups between the Tigers and Demon Deacons have ended in ties. Clemson and Wake Forest met twice in 2016, with the first being a 1-0 regular season win at home for the Tigers, and the second being a 3-1 Demon Deacon victory in the ACC Championship in Charleston, S.C. Dating back to 1980, Wake Forest leads the overall series 19-18-7.

The Tigers are also tied with Louisville and Wake Forest for a conference-leading four shutouts.

Clemson men’s soccer will take on Notre Dame on Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m at Riggs Field, Clemson, S.C.

Categories: Clemson, Local Sports, South Carolina Sports, Sports