A rematch from 2016, when the No.3 Tigers were upset at home by Denver in the Elite 8!Reply
CLEMSON, S.C. -- The eighth-seeded Clemson men's soccer team (13-5-0) opens its 2021 NCAA Tournament at Historic Riggs Field on Sunday night in the round of 32 when it takes on the Denver Pioneers (10-3-5). Clemson earned a first-round bye of the tournament as well as the right to host a round of 32 game, while Denver punched its ticket to upstate South Carolina by defeating Grand Canyon on the road in the round of 64 on Thursday night.
This marks the Tigers' 34th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament, eighth most of any program. Clemson boasts a 55-28-6 record in the competition, and an impressive 14-1-1 line in the round of 32. The Tigers are 40-11-2 when playing in front at home in the tournament.
The winner of Sunday night's match will move on to the round of 16, which will be played against the winner of No. 9 Kentucky vs. Santa Clara. Both matches will be played at 7 p.m. on Sunday night. Clemson's showdown with Denver will be streamed on ClemsonTigers.com. A media availability with both teams' head coaches as well as select players will be provided following the conclusion of the match.
Clemson and Denver have only met once in history: a 2016 NCAA Tournament Round of Eight matchup at Historic Riggs Field. In that battle, it was fourth-seeded Denver that came out victorious, securing a 1-0 win over No. 3 Clemson. Denver went on to lose 1-0 to Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament semifinals in the Pioneers only loss of the 2016 season.
Clemson has not been in action since its November 10 1-0 loss to Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Prior to that match, however, the Tigers were on a three-match win streak including wins over top-25 ranked Florida International and North Carolina. They secured their third-consecutive ACC Atlantic Division Title in a win 5-1 win over Louisville in the final match of the regular season.
Starting in net for Clemson will be goalkeeper George Marks, who, with a clean sheet, would move into sole possession of third place on Clemson's all-time solo shutout leaderboard. The offense has been led by junior forward Isaiah Reid, who is even with midfielder Luis Felipe Fernandez-Salvador for the team lead in points, 17. Fernandez-Salvador's brace against FIU and assist against Louisville secured him five points last week alone. He added two assists agains North Carolina in the ACC Quarterfinal.
All tickets for NCAA Tournament are general admission. Adult tickets (18+) are $8 and youth tickets are $3. Clemson students will be allowed free admission upon displaying their All-In Rewards app. To purchase tickets for the NCAA Tournament, please visit https://bit.ly/3oGb0nu.
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