Clemson Will Meet South Carolina Friday Night in Men's Soccer


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CLEMSON, SC--The Clemson Men's Soccer team will play host to South Carolina on Friday, September 4th at 7:30 p.m. at Historic Riggs Field.


Clemson is now 0-1 on the year having lost to Gardner-Webb on Tuesday night in the season opener. South Carolina is 1-0 as the Gamecocks defeated Charlotte 4-1 on Tuesday night in Columbia, SC.


This will be the 37th meeting between Clemson and South Carolina in men's
soccer. The Tigers lead the overall series 22-13-1. Clemson is 12-7
against the Gamecocks in matches played at Tigertown. Clemson is 10-3-1 in
the last 14 matches against South Carolina since the 1996 season.


The 2009 season marks the 75th anniversary of Clemson soccer as the Tigers first played Furman on February 14, 1934. This was also the first intercollegiate men's soccer match in the state of South Carolina. Clemson fielded soccer in 1934 through the 1939 season. Fred Kirshner coached the Tigers during this time.


Clemson's Joseph Bendik is one of the nation's top goalkeepers. In 2008,
he finished the season with 92 saves and a 1.42 goals allowed average. He
led the ACC with over five saves per game. He has 196 career saves,
seventh on the Clemson career list. He finished 26th in the nation in
saves per game in 2008.


Three Clemson players were named to the 2008 All-Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer team in 2008. Clemson's David Newton, a junior defender, and Joseph Bendik, a junior goalkeeper, were both named to the All-ACC second team. Teammate and defender Francklin Blaise was named to the All-ACC
freshman team.



Want to Go? Historic Riggs Field in located in the heart of the Clemson
University Campus behind Clemson's famed landmark, Tillman Hall and the
Hortzendorff YMCA Building. Because of the First Friday Parade starting
before the soccer match, parts of Highway 93 that runs by Historic Riggs
Field will be closed. It is suggested that fans use Perimeter Road to gain
access to the parking lots for Historic Riggs Field.


From Anderson and Greenville: After turning on Perimeter Road from Highway
76 go to third traffic light and make a right at the Avenue of Champions (Littlejohn Coliseum will be on the left). Go two blocks, and make a left on Williamson Road. Make a right at Heisman Drive in front of Fike Field
House. Parking will be available at the next right.


From the Seneca Area: After turning off US 123, cross the lake and turn on Perimeter Road from Highway 93, at the first light go to the next light and make a left. (Littlejohn Coliseum will be on the left) Turn on the Avenue of Champions. Go two blocks, and make a left on Williamson Road. Make a right at Heisman Drive in front of Fike Field House. Parking will be available at the next right.

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