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Tigers fall to Louisville

The Clemson women’s soccer team took on Louisville Thursday at Historic Riggs Field, and after a hard fought match fell 2-1.

Louisville (8-5, 2-3 ACC) struck first in the game. At 14:33, Louisville’s Mollie Rouse took a shot that was saved by Clemson’s Sandy Maclver. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the deflection off the save landed at the feet of the Cardinal’s Allison Whitfield, who buried it in the back of the net.

Clemson (7-4-1, 1-3-1 ACC) responded at 50:48. Shannon Horgan sent in a beautiful cross that found the head of her teammate Mariana Speckmaier. This was Speckmaier’s sixth goal of the season for the Tigers.

“With a quality serve, that’s one of Shannon’s best qualities of her game,” said the Tigers’ head coach Eddie Radwanski. “She has a knack for finding people in good positions.”

Not long after the Tigers found their equalizer, Louisville claimed the lead once again. At 59:16, Brooklynn Rivers capitalized on a cross from a teammate, putting it in the back of the net from three yards out for a 2-1 lead.

“I didn’t think we did a good enough job taking care of the ball,” Radwanski said. “We were just a little sloppy and inconsistent with our play and I think Louisville had to do with that. They were good, Louisville was the better team tonight. We just shot ourselves in the foot a little bit.

“We just need to be better. Even with that being said we still had chances that we would have liked to put in to make the game easier, but we didn’t manage this game well. I gotta take ownership of it. I probably didn’t prepare my team as well as I could have.”

Clemson is on short rest for their next game. It will be taking on a tough opponent in Virginia Tech.

“We prep like we always do,” said the coach. “We will train, rest, and work hard to be our best effort forward in our upcoming game.”

The Tigers will be taking on Virginia Tech this Sunday at 1 p.m. This game will be played home at Historic Riggs Field.

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