Sep 1, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina men’s soccer continues non-conference action on Monday, traveling to Clemson for the annual rivalry match. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The Gamecocks won their season opener over East Tennessee State 1-0 at Stone Stadium Friday. Sophomore Jeffrey Torda scored the unassisted game-winner in the 26th minute. Sophomore keeper Robert Beebe collected the save.
Clemson also posted a win in their first game of the season, defeating Mercer 2-0 on Friday at Riggs Field. Graduate student Thomas McNamara struck first and later assisted on junior Manolo Sanchez’s goal to add to their lead. Redshirt freshman Andrew Tarbell was credited with the save.
Nine starters return for head coach Brad Noonan’s fourth season with the Clemson Tigers. Last year, the Tigers posted a 6-9-6 overall record, finishing in fourth-place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 3-2-4 record. For the first time since 2005, Clemson advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. In their first exhibition match of the season, Clemson defeated Wofford 3-0 at home on Aug. 22. Just three days later, the Tigers earned a 4-0 win over No. 13 Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C. Graduate student midfielder Thomas McNamara scored two goals against the Chanticleers while a pair of sophomores in forward Iain Smith and defender Kyle Fischer added one goal a piece in the preseason upset. Junior midfielder Ara Amirkhanian is the leading returning scorer for Clemson, tallying 12 points on five goals and two assists in 2012.
South Carolina Against Clemson
The Gamecocks have held the upper hand in the Palmetto State rivalry against the Tigers recently, winning five of the last six tilts. Over the stretch, South Carolina has allowed just two Clemson goals. The lone Gamecock defeat was a 2-0 decision at Riggs Field in 2011.
Up Next for the Gamecocks
The Gamecocks return to Stone Stadium on Sept. 6, for a home non-conference match against High Point. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. South Carolina then hits the road for three-straight contests at Coastal Carolina, St. John’s and Rutgers.