CLEMSON, S.C. — The No. 1 Clemson Tigers hit the road on Saturday to open their ACC slate against Boston College. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the match set to stream on ACCNX.
The Tigers enter the match as the top-ranked team in the nation and look to build upon their 4-0-0 start. Most recently, Clemson earned a 4-0 victory at home against UNC Asheville, a performance that Head Coach Mike Noonan described as "as good a performance as we've put on all year."
Clemson is 12-4-5 all-time against Boston College, and has won each of the last three matches. The Tigers have lost just once over the last 15 matchups (11-1-4) with the sole loss coming on the road in 2018.
Tigers’ standout Ousmane Sylla has led the way for Clemson, scoring three goals and notching four assists in just four matches thus far. He has tallied a point in every contest this season, and had four points on Tuesday against UNC Asheville for the second time.
He is joined at the top of Clemson's scoring leaderboard by senior forward Mohamed Seye, who has assisted on each of Sylla's three goals. He's added two of his own and has also earned four points in two matches, bringing his total on the season to eight.
Boston College enters the match 2-1-1, and is looking to start their conference schedule on the right foot following a 1-1 tie with Sienna on Tuesday.
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NEWTON, Mass. – The top-ranked Clemson men’s soccer team traveled to Boston College (2-2-1) and picked up a 2-1 win in its first ACC match of the season on Saturday night. The Tigers capitalized on their chances and with the help of a BC red card were able to bring home the win and advance to 5-0-0 on the season.
The first half was competitive with each team trading scoring opportunities, but none that were clear cut and provided challenges for the goalkeepers. In the 34th minute, Tim Strobeck pressured the Boston College keeper, who stumbled trying to clear the ball away and the Swedish sophomore capitalized on the mistake to put the Tigers up 1-0.
The second half was going by without much offensive action, until a counter-attack led by Brandon Parrish forced a dangerous tackle from behind that yielded a red card to BC’s CJ Williams. The Tigers didn’t take long to capitalize on the man advantage, as just five minutes later Ousmane Sylla hit a cross that found Adam Lundegard, who knocked the ball home for his first career goal and put his team up 2-0.
Clemson did concede a goal to the Eagles in the 70th minute, ending its streak of consecutive minutes without allowing a goal at 387. However, despite a resilient BC attack looking for the equalizer, the Tigers’ defense was able to rebound and held the man-down Eagles at bay for the remainder of the match to secure the win.
“I’m proud of the guys,” said Head Coach Mike Noonan on the win. “[Boston College] is a very, very difficult place to play. BC was set up to make it hard and they certainly did. There’s a great spirit in their team but I’m happy we had the energy and the ability to be able to hold the lead.”
Up next, the Tigers travel to the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Tuesday, September 13 to face off with the Blazers. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. EDT and the match will stream on ESPN+.