The Clemson University Tigers had the first upstate collegiate soccer showdown of the weekend when they faced the Adelphi Panthers at Clemson’s Riggs field. Steven Rivera scored in the 25th minute of the first half to put Adelphi up over the former 1984 and 1987 national champions Tigers.
Clemson would have to wait until the second half until they could equalize thanks to Iceland native striker, Brynjar Benediktsson. The freshman scored eight minutes into the second half thanks to midfielder Austin Savage setting him up for a 22 yard opportunity that he buried in the back of the net for his sixth of the season.
The Tigers would get their go ahead goal in the 72nd minute off the boot of Iain Smith and not look back as they held on for the 2-1 victory in front of a crowd of 2,120 fans.
Tigers coach Mike Noonan had this to say after the match according to clemsontigers.com:
“Tonight’s match was a tale of two halves.”
“We were lethargic in the first half and played better in the second half for 35 minutes as we scored two goals.
“We started to have good serves in the box and we got the result. Our injuries are starting to catch up with us. We are a beat-up team. I thought Cody Mizell made some great saves for us tonight. Brynjar Benediktsson settled us down and Austin Savage gave us some energy. I told the team last week you could have 1,000 excuses on why we can’t win, but there is no reason we can’t win the match. On a positive note, we matched our win total with last year’s and we still have a few matches left. We can still show improvement and obtain goals this season.”
While Clemson rebounded from a midweek rivalry loss to Furman, the Paladins traveled to Boone, NC to battle Appalachian State in a Southern Conference showdown on Saturday October 23, 2011.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers are still recovering from the tragic loss of their head coach, Shaun Pendleton, who passed away on September 6th, 2011. He had led the Mountaineers to runner up performances in SoCon during both 2008 and 2010.
Both Furman and App State head into the game with solid records across all competition, but the Mountaineers sit in second place within the conference while the Paladins are languishing in fourth place.
The teams played to a stalemate after the two required overtime periods ending in a 0-0 score. Furman extended their run of unbeaten games to five with the result while App State are now on an 11 game unbeaten run as their season continues to be a testament to their lost leader.
Appalachian State remains the only unbeaten team in SoCon and can clinch the conference title with two more victories against Wofford College and Davidson College.
The other upstate collegiate men’s game of the weekend was played between Wofford College and Davidson College as the Terriers dropped another conference match to the Wildcats 1-0 in Davidson, NC Saturday evening October 22, 2011.
After five conference matches the Terriers are winless, draw less and at the bottom of the Southern Conference table with not much hope for moving up to many places before the end of the season.
Andrew Dilallo scored the only goal of the match in the 76th minute for the Wildcats as they would hold on to take the 1-0 victory at home.
Wofford’s Carlos Dominguez Gonzales, Matt Frongello and Alex Hutchins all had efforts on goal in the dying minutes but there was to be no last gasp victory for the Terriers as they continue their downward spiral this dismal season that has only seen them earn four wins and one draw out of fifteen matches.
The Terriers have little time to try and recover as they face another tough road game on Tuesday October 25, 2011 when they travel to the previously mentioned unbeaten Appalachian State Mountaineers.
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