NO.2 CLEMSON SOCCER BEATS UNDEFEATED NO.1 PITT FOR 15TH ACC TITLE
- 2020-11-26 18:19:57
Tigers hand Pitt its only loss of the season, 2-1, for their 4th ACC Tournament Title, 2nd for Mike Noonan, and 15th ACC Title! It's their first since 2014. Mohamed Seye put the Tigers on the board first with a one-time shot off a nice pass inside the box by Callum Johnson. The sophomore Seye also scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Pitt in the ACC Tourney last year. The Tiers shut out Pitt's two prolific goal scorers in the first half, limiting the Panthers to just 3 shots, the fewest they've had in any half this season. It was also the first time Pitt was shut out in the first half this season.
Pitt tied the game just a minute into the second half, and it may have felt like deja vu to Noonan and the Tigers because they had a 1-0 lead on UVA at halftime in the ACC Championship last year before the Hoos scored 3 goals in the second half to win 3-1. This time, however, the Tigers flipped the script. Captain James Brighton's header off of a beautiful cross from Grayson Barber put the Tigers up for good. They are working on continuing ACC play in the spring with the members that were not able to play in the fall, and I'll have more on that when information becomes available.
I apologize that I do not have post-game interviews with Noonan and players for you. Clemson dropped the ball on this one. They had some kind of technical difficulties with the Zoom recording. I asked them before the interviews to allow me to record like I do for the football interviews in case something like this happens, and they neglected to do so. We had a nice interview with Noonan, Brighton and Seye, so I'll post the videos if Clemson is able to produce them.
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