SOCCER: No. 13 Clemson Visits Athens Friday Night

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SOCCER: No. 13 Clemson Visits Athens Friday Night

Georgia’s Caroline Waters (8) kicks the ball during the Bulldogs’ match with Furman at the Turner Soccer Complex in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. (Photo by Sean Taylor)
[su_spacer size=”20″] The Georgia soccer team opens its 2015 home slate this Friday night at 7 p.m. against the 13th-ranked Clemson Tigers at the Turner Soccer Complex.

The Bulldogs have Sunday off before returning home on Sept. 11 to kick off SEC play against South Carolina at 7 p.m. ET.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Last Time Out: The Bulldogs headed west last weekend taking on two Big 12 opponents – Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. Georgia faced the 20th-ranked Red Raiders on Friday night jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the 34’ after defender Mariel Gutierrez headed in a pass from Stephanie Krouskos. Texas Tech controlled most of the second-half and snuck two goals by the Bulldogs to take the 2-1 victory.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Georgia faced off against Oklahoma State on Sunday on a humid day in Stillwater, Oklahoma. After a close first-half, the Cowgirls scored three second-half goals taking the contest, 4-0.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Looking at the Tigers: Clemson has put together an impressive season thus far. The Tigers kicked off the year with a 2-0 road-victory over the College of Charleston. The following week the squad rallied back to defeat No. 8 South Carolina at home 2-1 and capped off the weekend on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over UNC Wilmington. The Tigers are currently ranked 13th nationally on the latest NSCAA poll.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Each of Clemson’s six goals this season have been scored by a different athlete, with no one on the squad having taken more than eight shots. The Tigers are led in goal by Kailen Sheridan, who earned First-Team All-ACC honors last year.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Georgia and Clemson have met a total of six times in the past, with the Tigers holding a 4-2 advantage. However the Bulldogs won the two schools’ last meetings including a 2-1 decision in 2009 when the teams last met.
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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.