Eighth-ranked Clemson dominated possession and the match, as it defeated the UCLA Bruins 3-0 at Historic Riggs Field on Tuesday.
The Tigers started off the match strong, earning a penalty kick at 2:46 in the game. To no one’s surprise, Clemson forward Diego Campos came up to take the PK for his team. Just moments later, the ball was buried into the bottom left corner of the net giving the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.
Clemson (6-1) continued to pour on the pressure throughout the night, controlling a majority of the possession time. The Tigers headed into the half up 1-0, but the scoring didn’t stop there.
“Harrison Kurtz did fantastic drawing that foul.” Clemson head coach Mike Noonan said afterward. “Diego was able to put it in and get us the goal, that’s why we have him take penalty kicks for us.”
It was only a matter of time before Clemson was able to get on the scoreboard for a second time. At 58:15, Patrick Bunk-Anderson capitalized off a cross-kick from Campos to put the Tigers up 2-0. This was Bunk-Anderson’s second goal of the year on only his fourth shot.
“Again Diego delivered a beauty.” Noonan said. “Patrick’s parents are actually here from Denmark and they got to see him score, which doesn’t happen often. He held it down on the defensive side of the ball and produced offensively too.”
Late in the game at 74:14, Clemson’s keeper Ximo Miralles was able to keep momentum on the Tigers’ side as he made a big one-on-one save right in front of the net. Miralles ended the game letting in no goals and getting four saves to go along with the clean sheet.
“Yeah no question, our defense did great especially Ximo.” Noonan said. “It was really bend, but don’t break for us towards the end there. I thought the guys played tremendously overall.”
To finish off the game for the Tigers, at 80:19, Kimarni Smith sent the ball into the back of the net off of a beautiful cross set up by Campos.
“Kimarni has been good for us coming off the bench.” Noonan said. “He has been able to take advantage his opportunities.”
Clemson’s next game will be Friday at 7 p.m. They will host Pittsburgh at Historic Riggs Field.