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Clemson to Play In-State Rival South Carolina at Historic Riggs Field on Thursday

September 9, 2021

CLEMSON, S.C. – The No. 23 (TDS) Clemson Women’s Soccer team hosts No. 7 (TDS) South Carolina for a Thursday night match at Historic Riggs Field. The game is set to kick off at 6 p.m. and slated to stream on the ACCN.

The Tigers and Gamecocks have met a total of 26 times, most recently in the spring of 2021 when Clemson claimed a 2-1 victory. Overall, the Tigers lead the head-to-head series 14-11-1 dating back to 1995. The Gamecocks come into the match with a 5-0 overall record, beating ACC opponents in NC State and Boston College.

Sophomore Megan Bornkamp leads the team with 11 points, as she has netted five goals and added an assist early in the season, followed by sophomore Makenna Morris and freshman Renee Lyles with 10 points each. Seven Tigers have at least six points on the season.

Offensive Clinic
• Clemson scored eight goals in its dominant performance over College of Charleston (9/5).
• Six Tigers netted a goal in the match, including two from Megan Bornkamp and Maliah Morris. 
• Maliah Morris scored her first goals of the season against College of Charleston, bringing her total to two. 

In the First Four Games...
• Clemson has outscored its opponents 14-6 in its first four matches (Saint Francis, Loyola, Texas A&M, Georgia) and has outshot them 82-32, with 38 shots on goal to the opponents’ 12.
• The Tiger defense held the Loyola Greyhounds to zero shots in its 4-0 shutout victory on 8/22.
• Tied a program-high for goals (12) through the first two games of a season (last time: 2000) 

Opening Statement
• The Tigers started the year with an 8-0 victory over Saint Francis on 8/20. Six different players scored, including 2 each from Makenna Morris and Megan Bornkamp. 
• Sydney Minarik, Renee Lyles and Grace Wagner each notched their first career goals.
• Clemson’s 7 goals in the first half were the most in a half since scoring 9 against Alabama A&M in 2013.
• Clemson’s eight team goals were the most since a 9-0 victory over Presbyterian.

• College on September 18, 2016, and the seventh-most in program history. 

What a Run
• Clemson knocked off #3 UCLA in the NCAA Round of 16 to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinal in the spring 2021 NCAA Tournament.
• This was Clemson’s fifth run to the Elite Eight and first since 2006.

Guess Who’s Back
• Clemson brings back 16 returners, including 2020-21 All-ACC performers, Makenna Morris, Hal Hershfelt, Courtney Jones and Megan Bornkamp. 
• Megan Bornkamp was one of only two freshmen to be named a United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-American.
• Hensley Hancuff returns after an incredible first season in the orange and purple as she was named to the 2021 Preseason All-ACC Team. 

Top of the Class
• The program has recorded a 3.0 or higher in 42 straight semesters, dating to the fall of 2000. 

• This is the longest streak of any Clemson program.

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