No.3 Clemson Soccer opens ACC play at UNC on ESPNU Friday night

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CLEMSON, S.C. — The third-ranked Clemson men’s soccer team (2-0) is set to travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to contest its first ACC match of the season against the North Carolina Tar Heels (1-0, 1-0 ACC). The match will be played at Dorrance Field on Friday, Oct. 9, with kickoff set for 6 p.m. Friday’s match will be the 63rd all-time meeting between the two sides, with Clemson holding a 29-27-6 advantage in the series. Clemson returns to play after winning its home opener over the UAB Blazers on Oct. 5 by a 2-0 margin.

With Clemson ranked third for the second-consecutive week, Friday’s match will be the fourth meeting between the two sides when Clemson is ranked third nationally and North Carolina is unranked. The Tigers are 2-1 against the Tar Heels in the previous three matches. 

The Tigers embark on their 2020 ACC campaign after being named the 2019 ACC Regular Season Champions. Last season’s squad posted a 6-1-1 record against conference opponents while also advancing to the finals of the ACC Tournament. At the end of last season, Clemson ranked atop the conference in nine statistical categories as a team and was within the top five of eight additional. 

Despite it being early in the season, Friday’s match will see two of the nation’s best defenses meet on the pitch. Clemson and North Carolina are the only two teams who have played at least one match this season and have yet to allow a goal. North Carolina’s Alec Smir was named United Soccer Coaches Player of the Week on Oct. 6 after posting three saves in the Tar Heels’ 2-0 victory over Duke on Friday, Oct. 2.

Following a 2019 season which saw Clemson rank atop the nation in numerous offensive categories, the Tigers have displayed a strong prowess in the attacking third through their opening two matches this year. Clemson leads the nation in shots per game (24.5) and shots on goal per game (10.5), while Grayson Barber leads the nation in shots per game (4.5) and is tied for the nation-leading mark in shots on goal per game (2.5).

Friday’s match will be broadcasted on ESPNU with Dalen Cuff and Charlie Davies on the call. Live stats are available here and be sure to follow @ClemsonMSoccer on Twitter for all of the most up-to-date information regarding Clemson’s men’s soccer team.

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Tigers lose a tough one, 1-0 with UNC scoring in the final seconds of regulation.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Clemson men’s soccer team (2-1, 0-1 ACC) fell to the North Carolina Tar Heels (2-0, 2-0 ACC) via a 1-0 result Friday night. The Tar Heels’ goal came in the closing seconds of the match via a header off of a free-kick opportunity.

The opening 45 minutes of play saw both sides battle for control of the ball, as the two teams spent a majority of the half within the midfield of Dorrance Field. Kimarni Smith recorded Clemson’s best attempt on net in the 27th minute via a stealthy run between a pair of North Carolina defenders.

The second half of play saw a continued struggle for the ball as both teams fought hard for the deciding score.

North Carolina was awarded a free-kick from 25 yards out with five seconds remaining in regulation. After the ball was delivered into the box, Fillipo Zattarin headed home the deciding goal with one second on the clock.

Charlie Asensio and Quinn McNeill earned their 40th and 20th career starts, respectively, by being named to tonight's starting eleven. A total of 16 players saw action for the Tigers during the match. George Marks played 90 minutes in goal.

Clemson will now shift its focus to Wake Forest, as the Tigers are set to host the Demon Deacons at Historic Riggs Field on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Wake Forest is currently ranked No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches national poll.

Be sure to follow @ClemsonMSoccer on Twitter and reference for all of the most up-to-date information regarding Clemson’s men’s soccer team.