The last time the Clemson men's soccer team made it to the final four of the ACC tournament, the Tigers went on to play in the Final Four of the NCAA's College Cup.
To begin another playoff run, the Tigers will need to overcome one of the nation's premier teams when they face regular-season champion, nationally second-ranked Maryland in the ACC tournament semifinals at Germantown, Md.
Clemson, which claimed the fourth seed in the tournament with a last-game victory over Virginia Tech, advanced through the quarterfinal round by winning a penalty kick shootout after battling fifth-seeded Boston College to a scoreless draw at Riggs Field.
The Terps advanced with a quarterfinal 2-1 victory over ninth-seeded Virginia Tech, which won a first-round 'play-in' game against N.C. State.
The teams will play Friday at 8 p.m. in the second of two semifinal matches. North Carolina faces Virginia at 5:30 p.m. Both games will be available live on ESPN3.
Maryland (15-1-2) was ranked No. 1 nationally for much of the season before ending its schedule with a 2-2 draw against Clemson and a 4-2 loss to Wake Forest.
The Tigers, a 6-8-5, still have work to do to return to the NCAA tournament, following a slow start to the season. Clemson has lost just once in its last six matches.
Clemson is led in scoring by senior Austin Savage with eight goals and four assists. Sophomore Ara Amirkhanian has added four goals and two assists, while Manolo Sanchez has two goals and a team-high five assists.
Tigers’ goalkeeper Cody Mizell has a 1.07 goals allowed average with 56 saves this season. He'll be backed by Chris Glodack, who came off the bench for the penalty kick round against Boston College and turned away two of the Eagles' five shots.
The Terps are led by ACC player of the year Patrick Mullins with 12 goals and eight assists.
Clemson has played in eight overtime matches this season. The school record for most overtime matches in a season is nine set by the 2002 Tigers. This season, Clemson is 1-2-5 in overtime matches.
Clemson has a 13-19-5 record in the ACC tournament since the event started in 1987, including a 4-4-2 record in the semifinal round.
The Clemson-Maryland winner will play the Virginia-UNC winner on Sunday for the ACC title and league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Virginia advanced to the semifinals for the fifth straight season by edging Wake Forest in a shootout after a 2-2 draw. North Carolina survived the quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory over Duke.