Tigers advance in ACC Tourney on PKs

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CLEMSON, SC--Clemson and #24 Boston College played to a 0-0 tie in the quarterfinal round, but the Tigers advanced to the semifinal round of the ACC Men's Soccer Tournament by winning the penalty kick round 3-1 at Historic Riggs Field in Clemson, SC Tuesday night.

The game officially ends in a 0-0 draw. Clemson is now 6-8-5 on the year, while Boston College is now 8-5-5. This was the first penalty kick round won by Clemson since 2002 when the Tigers won over Coastal Carolina 1-0 in sudden death penalty kicks in a NCAA Tournament match on November 27, 2002. Over the years, Clemson is 3-6 in penalty kick rounds.

Clemson will play #1seeded Maryland in the ACC Tournament's semifinal round on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Germantown, MD. This is the first semifinal match in the ACC Tournament for the Tigers since 2005.

"I am very relieved," said Clemson Head Coach Mike Noonan. We give credit to Boston College as they have had a great year."

The two teams have played to 0-0 ties twice this season. In the regular season, the two teams had a 0-0 tie on October 13, at Boston College.

The two teams were almost even in shots as Boston College had 12 shots and Clemson had 14. In the overtime rounds, Clemson had five shots and the Eagles had four.

"We really value the history of Historic Riggs Field and I hope this is one of many exciting moments to come for our program in the future," said Noonan.

Clemson's goalkeeper Cody Mizell made three saves on the night. In the penalty kick round the Tigers substituted freshman Chris Glodack for Mizell and Glodock responded saving two of the Eagles attempts in the penalty kick round.

"We were a little concern about an injury that Cody Mizell was carrying," said Clemson's Head Coach Mike Noonan. Glodack was ready and responded well--I am very happy for him."

In the penalty kick round, Boston College's Kevin Mejia made the first kick. Clemson's Ara Amirkhanian was successful on his. Colin Murphy of Boston College missed his attempt as it was saved by Glodack. Clemson's T.J. Casner responded and made his attempt.

The Eagles's Ryan Dunn missed his shot wide left. Clemson's Manolo Sanchez' kick was saved by Luthy. The Eagles' Isaac Taylor's shot was saved by Glodack. Clemson's Amadou Dia gave the Tigers the victory in the penalty kick round by converting his kick into the netting giving the Tigers the 3-1 victory in the penalty kick round.

"This game was frustrating in the way we played," said Noonan. I thought we played well the first 15 minutes of the game and then we took our foot off the gas. We move on to the semifinal round--we have to focus and play better in the next round. This team, like I said earlier responds well to the tough challenges."

"I'm glad I can help the team win," said Gladock. The coaches gave me a heads up that I might play in the penalty kick round. When I stepped over the line I was focused and was ready to do my job. My teammates helped me tonight. They talked to me before I went out there, and I stayed positive and I helped the team advanced. I'm just glad I could help," added Gladock.

Clemson 0, Boston College 0

Shots: Clemson 14, Boston College 12
Corner Kicks: Clemson 5, Boston College 3
Saves: Cody Mizell (CU) 3, Justin Luthy (BC) 3
Fouls: Clemson 11, Boston College 12
Attendance: 2,108

Penalty Kick Round Summary
BC Goalkeeper Justin Luthy, and CU Goalkeeper Chris Glodock
BC--Kevin Mejia, goal made
CU--Ara Amirkhanian, goal made CU 1, BC 1

BC--Colin Murphy shot saved
CU--T.J. Casner goal made CU 2, BC 1

BC--Ryan Dunn, shot wide left
CU--Manolo Sanchez shot saved CU 2, BC 1

BC--Isaac Taylor, shot saved
CU--Amadou Dia, goal made, CU 3, BC 1

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