The Clemson Men’s Soccer team came out on top in a tough match in Chapel Hill, North Carolina Monday night by a score of 1-0 and improve to 8-2 on the season.
The Tigers got a late goal on a header by Joel Skinner, his first goal of the season, and held on for the program’s first win in Chapel Hill since 2013.
In a physical match, the Tigers looked to be the aggressor for the most part, particularly in the first half and the Tar Heel team, coaching staff and fans were not happy about it.
The defense on both sides was top notch and the scoring opportunities few until Alvaro Gomez found Skinner on what proved to be the only goal of the match.
The Tigers committed a total of 22 fouls in the match, their most in any contest this season.
Joseph Andema, Clemson’s freshman goalie, recorded his fifth shutout in as many starts on the season and has stopped all 13 shots on goal that he’s faced on the season.
The match was originally scheduled for last weekend, but was pushed to Monday after Hurricane Ian made a trip through the Carolina’s last weekend.
The win moves Clemson to 2-2 in the ACC and next up is a trip to Pittsburgh on Friday, October 7.
After the Pitt match, the Tigers host UNC Greensboro (October 11) and Virginia (October 15) before travelling to Louisville (October 21).
Clemson wraps up the regular season with home matches against Massachusetts (October 24) and North Carolina State (October 28).
Clemson Men’s Soccer held off North Carolina in a tough, physical match on Monday, winning on a header late in the match
The road ahead is a tough one as Pittsburgh (5-2-1) is ranked 8th, Louisville (5-2-1) 15th and UNC Greensboro received votes in the latest poll.
The defending National Champion Tigers began the season as the top ranked team, but the two losses in three matches, particularly a 6-1 shellacking administered by Wake Forest, dropped the Tigers to 17th in the most recent poll.