Lady Tigers fall at home to Tar Heels
The Clemson women's soccer team is shout by UNC, but wins over FMU.
by TYRONE GAYLE
This article originally appeared in The Tiger on October 6, 2006 | PRINT

The Lady Tigers' soccer schedule has begun to heat up with the start of Atlantic Coast Conference play. After a successful road trip two weekends ago where the Lady Tigers' went 1-1 with a win against Maryland and a tough loss at Boston College, they returned to the comforts of Historic Riggs Field last week with games against North Carolina and Francis Marion.

Last Thursday, the second-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels came into town and, as expected in this series, it was an exciting game. North Carolina's Ali Hawkins, a freshman from Encinitas, Calif., headed in a corner kick from Heather O'Reily during the 19th minute of play that slipped past Clemson keep Ashley Phillips to put them on the board.

UNC doubled their lead in the 28th minute when sophomore midfielder Yael Averbuch took a cross pass from Elizabeth Guess just in front of the penalty box and jammed it in for a 2-0 lead.

The score would remain that way the rest of the game despite Clemson's aggressive play, particularly from sophomore Julie Bolt.

UNC coach Anson Dorance said of Bolt, "Julie Bolt played outstanding for Clemson and she gave us problems tonight."

Clemson fell to 5-5 on the year and 1-2 in conference play, while the Tarheels improved to 11-1 overall and 3-0 in ACC action. The two-goal victory margin was the largest in the series between the two teams in games played at Clemson since September 18, 1998 when UNC won at Riggs Field 4-2.

Three days after the UNC game, the Lady Tigers went into battle with the Francis Marion Patriots. It was all Tigers, all the time in this one as the team was firing on all cylinders from start to finish winning the match 4-0. The Lady Tigers' got out to an explosive start, scoring all four goals in the first half.

The first one came courtesy of freshman forward Nuria Zufia during the 10th minute of play off a nice setup from Bolt and an assist by Lia Schendel. Kelly Schneider, a junior from Mauldin, SC, scored in the 16th minute of play off a couple of nice passes from Meghan Smith and Katie Vogel. Freshman Molly Franklin, a native of Frederick, Md., got in on the action as well when she tapped in her third goal of the season during the 24th minute of play.

The fourth and final goal of the game was credited to Frasher Gerth in the 39th minute when she stole a pass and took it all the way for an unassisted goal. The Lady Tigers' laid a suffocating defense on the Patriots that limited them to only two shots on goal versus Clemson's 23. Clemson keeper Ashley Phillips finished with one save, bringing her season total to 42. With the win, Clemson improved to 6-5 while Francis Marion fell to 5-4-3.

The Lady Tigers' return to Historic Riggs Field this Sunday to play University of Virginia at 2 p.m.

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