Eight-ranked Clemson was able to show complete control of the match, as the Tigers defeated ACC foe Pitt, 3-0, Friday night at Historic Riggs Field in Clemson.
Clemson (7-1, 2-1 ACC) took on an interesting opponent in Pitt as the game was filled with penalties and stoppage of play. Between both teams there was a total of 41 fouls.
With the game starting off slow, forward Diego Campos opened up the flood gates in a big way. At 31:28 in the match after being set up by Robbie Robinson, Campos launched a screamer into the top left corner with little angle. His goal was his fourth of the season.
“He did was Diego does,” Tigers’ head coach Mike Noonan said. “He’s an attacking presence and he was dangerous all night. He did his job, he scored a goal and was able to get an assist.”
Just like the fouls, the scoring didn’t stop there. Clemson was able to put another in the back of the net at 57:00. Captain midfielder Oliver Shannon capitalize on a through ball, set up by Alex Hemmingsen, giving Shannon his first goal of the season and the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Shannon wasn’t the only Tiger to get his first goal of the season. At 78:18, Robbie Robinson was able to find the back of the net off of a feed from defensemen Michael Melvin. Not only was it Robinson’s first goal of the season, but it was the first of his career.
“It was great to see him finish the ball like he did,” Noonan said. “It’s definitely a glimpse of what he could bring to the table.”
The Tigers’ defense stepped up in a big way as well, obtaining yet another clean sheet. The 3-0 win was Clemson’s third straight shutout as the defense is proving to be one of the best in the country.
“Defense doesn’t fly under the radar, not on our team,” Noonan said. “It’s something we’ve struggled with earlier in the year, coming together, but I think now it’s become a point of pride and that’s something we will need to continue throughout the next few tough weeks ahead.”
The Tigers’ next game will be against Charlotte. It will be played at home at Historic Riggs Field on Tuesday, at 7 p.m.