Thanks to a strong performance by South Carolina’s Savannah McCaskill, the fourth-ranked Tigers fell to the seventh-ranked Gamecocks 1-0 at Historic Riggs Field on Friday in Clemson.
“I’m actually quite pleased with how we played,” Clemson head coach Eddie Radwanski said afterward. “We created a greater number of the chances. We would have liked our quality to be a little better. These were two good teams playing and someone took advantage of their moment.”
And that was South Carolina.
It didn’t take too long for the Gamecocks (6-1) to get on the scoreboard. At 17 minute mark, Elexa Bahr was able to bury a ball in the back of the net off of a well-placed through ball by McCaskill for the only goal of the match.
Clemson (6-1) had a few good opportunities later in the match it just was not able to capitalize on. The Tigers outshot Carolina 10-3, but just couldn’t find the back of the net.
“We had our other moments where we had our opportunities to tie up the game,” Radwanski said. “In regards to our effort, commitment and mindset, it was top notch, especially in the second half. I’m proud of the kids’ effort.”
At 72:51, Clemson was awarded a free kick 32 yards out. It was a great opportunity that just didn’t pan out. Much like the other opportunities the Tigers had it just missed.
Although the result was not what Clemson was looking for, Radwanski still had heavy praise for his team’s effort.
“There are times where you can play and compete really well and the result doesn’t go your way,” he said. “Some people will go ‘you dominated the game statistically,’ well it doesn’t matter. The most important statistic is the final score.”
Clemson has a week to prepare for its next match against ACC foe Notre Dame in its conference opener.
“We gotta recover,” Radwanski said. “Then we gotta get ourselves prepared for a good Notre Dame team. It’s a heck of an ACC opener to have. We always have good battles with Notre Dame. They’re typically close and I’d be surprised if it were any different.
“You gotta remember we have a young team so we still have a lot to learn and a lot of room to grow. Each game we can get better from the experience. Our quality needs to be a little better in the final third. Typically, we are good at finishing, tonight we were a little bit off but that happens. The positive is we created four or five really good chances.”