Women's Soccer Opens with One of Its Biggest Wins Ever
AUSTIN, TX-Clemson's Paige Ledford scored late in the first half in leading the Lady Tigers to a 1-0 upset win over fourth-ranked Texas in a women's intercollegiate soccer match at Myers Stadium in Austin, TX Friday night.
Ledford scored at the 41:26 mark with an assist by Lindsay
Browne. It was the season opener for both teams. Texas is ranked
fourth by Soccer America and 13th by the NSCAA.
This was the highest ranked team that Clemson has defeated on the road in the history of the Lady Tiger program. Clemson first started women's soccer back in the 1994 season. Clemson is ranked 12th by the Soccer America poll.
The previous highest ranked opponent that the Lady Tigers defeated on the road was 11th-ranked Virginia on September 13, 1996 as Clemson defeated the Cavaliers 2-1 in Charlottesville, VA.
Clemson defeated number-one ranked North Carolina 2-1 on September 13, 2000 at Clemson's Riggs field for the highest ranked opponent defeated by a Lady Tiger team. Clemson has won 10 straight
season-opening games dating back to the 1995 season.
"Obviously we are pleased with the result," said Clemson Head Coach Todd Bramble. "Texas has a traditional, nationally ranked team
year in and year out. We had a lot of great contributions tonight.
We had people coming off the bench that helped make a difference in
tonight's win. A good example is Lindsay Browne who came off the
bench and set up the winning goal. I can't be more proud of Lindsay.
Ashley Phillips made a great debut in goal for Clemson tonight. She
showed that she has a great future."
The Lady Tigers play at Texas A&M on Sunday, August 29, at 7:00 p.m. Central time in Clemson's next action. The Aggies are ranked fifth by the NSCAA and 11th by Soccer America.
Clemson 1, Texas 0
Clemson-Paige Ledford (Lindsay Browne) 41:26
Shots: Clemson 17, Texas 19
Corner Kicks: Clemson 2, Texas 5
Saves: Ashley Phillips (CU) 9, Dana Hall (T) 6
Fouls: Clemson 14, Texas 12