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Furman Soccer Falls To Clemson, 5-2

Jacob Garzon
Jacob Garzon

Clemson, S.C. – Clemson's Adrian Nunez netted a pair of first half goals as the Tigers rallied past a 10-man Furman squad, 5-2, in men's soccer action on Tuesday night at Historic Riggs Field.

Furman (3-4-0) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute when Josiah Baker was tripped in the box and Laurence Wyke converted from the penalty spot for his second goal of the season. In the 11th minute, Furman's Cameron Robinson, after a replay review, was shown the red card after handling a ball on the goal line and Clemson's Tanner Dieterich stepped up to bury the spot kick to even the match at 1-1.

With Furman playing a man down, Clemson (4-2-1) poured on the pressure and Nunez put the Tigers in from with a left-footed shot from six yards out on an assist from Nate Hall at the 25:14 mark. The Tigers were awarded another penalty kick at the 28:39 mark for a foul in the box. Nunez fired his spot kick into the right corner for his second goal of the night to extend the Clemson lead to 3-1.

Furman nearly cut the lead to 3-2 in the final 10 seconds of the first half. Clemson turned the ball over and Connor Hubbard was played in behind the defense, but the Tigers' Jonny Sutherland smothered a one-versus-one shot from Hubbard. In the 62nd minute, Clemson handled a ball in the box, but Furman's appeals for a penalty kick were denied. The Tigers put the game away less than three minutes later as Quinn McNeill scored on a sliding shot from six yards out at the 64:09 mark and Grayson Barber pounced on a mistake in the box to up the Clemson advantage to 5-1 at 65:09.

The Paladins pulled a goal back with just over five minutes remaining as Hubbard found Jacob Garzon free down the middle of the field and the freshman lined a shot off the left post and in from 24 yards out for his first career goal.

Sutherland earned the victory in goal for Clemson and notched one save. Starter Ben Hale turned away four shots for Furman, while Max Fisher recorded one save.

Clemson managed an 18-6 edge in total shots. The Paladins were handed four yellow cards and a red card, including four cards on their first six fouls, despite being whistled for just 11 total fouls.

Furman returns home to host Gardner-Webb on Tuesday, September 25. Kickoff on Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium is slated for 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $5 at FurmanPaladins.com and at the Stone Stadium gate beginning one hour prior to kickoff. The match will be streamed on the SoCon Digital Network with live statistics provided through StatBroadcast. Links for the video feed and live stats are available at FurmanPaladins.com.