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No. 13 Clemson 4, Syracuse 0: Tigers dominate from start to finish

The Orange had their first true road test on Thursday night when they traveled to Clemson to face the 13th-ranked team in the nation.

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Coming off of a grueling double-overtime draw to then-No. 20 Notre Dame, the Syracuse Orange were set to face their second-straight ranked opponent on Thursday evening. The result was none too pretty for a team that has seen a well-deserved amount of success so far.

No. 13 Clemson came out firing from the first whistle onward. Junior Orange goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan seemed to be ready, though, stopping all five of the shots she faced in the first half. The Tigers fired off an unprecedented 16 attempts within the first 45 minutes of play. Meanwhile, Syracuse was only able to muster two.

The Orange were impressively able to hold off the scoring until the beginning of the second half. Senior midfielder Catrina Atanda broke through with a goal from six yards out, assisted by Junior midfielder Shannon Horgan and redshirt-sophomore forward Miranda Weslake, in the 49th minute. It was Atanda’s ninth goal of the season. From that point onward, Clemson really began to find their scoring rhythm.

Freshman midfielder Julie Mackin made it 2-0 in the 54th minute off of her header with assists from redshirt-senior midfielder and Horgan. The Tigers struck again three minutes later on a free kick. Senior defender Emily Byorth took the kick, passed it to Horgan, and Horgan found senior defender Clair Wagner who took the shot from 10 yards out for the score.

Syracuse finally found some opportunities at the midpoint of the second half but was unable to capitalize on shots from freshman forward Sydney Brackett, junior forward Alex Lamontagne, a corner kick, or a shot from freshman defender Natasha Tcheki.

Clemson found the back of the net for the fourth and final time off of a corner in the 87th minute. Sophomore defender Sam Stabb received the kick, passed it to Atanda, and the ball found junior midfielder Jeni Erickson who headed it past Brosnan.

There are still eight games to go, and therefore plenty of chances for the Orange to pad their resume.

Players of the Match

  • Catrina Atanda, Clemson, senior, midfielder: 6 shots, 2 shots-on-goal, 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Julie Mackin, Clemson, freshman, midfielder: 3 shots, 1 shot-on-goal, 1 goal
  • Claire Wagner, Clemson, senior, defender: 3 shots, 1 shot-on-goal, 1 goal
  • Shannon Horgan, Clemson, junior, midfielder: 1 shot-on-goal, 3 assists

Up Next

Syracuse (now 7-2-2, 0-1-1 ACC) travels to Miami to face the Hurricanes this Sunday in their second match of their current three-game road swing.