Eagles Drop 3-1 Result at No. 4 Clemson
Georgia Southern’s two-match win streak snapped by the Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. – With an uphill task in front of them Georgia Southern held No. 4 Clemson goalless through 45 minutes, but a big second half for the Tigers gave the home side a 3-1 win. Christian Duncan gave the Tigers something to think about when he answered their breakthrough goal just 69 seconds later, but two goals in the 61st and 64th minute sealed the result. Next up is the 2015 GATA Game against Appalachian State on Saturday night in Statesboro.
Georgia Southern (4-6-1) – 1
No. 4 Clemson (12-1-2) - 3
52’ – CU – Clemson’s Austen Burnikel took advantage of an Eagle turnover in the defensive third to get the Tigers off the mark.
53’ – GS – Just 69 seconds after going behind, freshman Christian Duncan scored his third goal of the season to level the line at 1-1. He got some space on the central defender at the edge of the box and blasted a shot which was saved. Duncan followed his shot and aced the rebound for the goal.
61’ – CU – The Tigers scored via conventional means eight minutes later as TJ Casner finshed a layoff pass from Alex Happi at 20 yards for what would prove to be the winning goal.
64’ – CU – Bunikel doubled his tally three minutes after re-assuming the lead with a close-range goal. Tigers Kyle Murphy and Diego Campos pinged the ball around the box and found Burnikel at close range for the goal from six yards.
- The win is Clemson’s sixth-straight win. Over that run, Louisville is the only other team to score against the Tigers.
- Georgia Southern had 15 shots with six on frame to bring the offense against the fourth-ranked team in the nation. Clemson tallied 20 shots with eight on frame.
- Senior netminder Jack Falle made five saves, his highest total in the last four matches.
WHAT COACH KEVIN KENNEDY SAID
“I was really proud of our effort tonight. I thought we made the game difficult for Clemson in a number of areas, but we weren't clinical enough in our finishing and we made a few mistakes in the defensive third. Good teams will punish you for those mistakes, and Clemson did. We now need to turn our focus to the weekend and get prepared for a good team in App State.”
Georgia Southern is back home on Saturday night as Appalachian State invades Eagle Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in the annual GATA Game which brings Georgia Southern student-athletes out to support their fellow Eagles.
(From Georgia Southern Reports)