Austin Savage's hat trick propels Clemson past Gardner-Webb, 5-0

Ara Amirkhanian scores twice, seven different Tigers have assists

Men's Soccer - Austin Savage

Photo by Mark Crammer

Men's Soccer - Austin Savage

Austin Savage scored three goals and had one assist in leading Clemson to a 5-0 victory over Gardner-Webb in a men's soccer match at Riggs Field Tuesday night. Clemson native Ara Amirkhanian had two goals and one assist in the win.

Clemson now has a 5-7-3 record overall this season. Gardner-Webb falls to 3-10-1 this year. In the last seven games, the Tigers have a 4-2-1 record.

Savage's three goals was the first hat trick by a Clemson player since October 3, 2008, when Michael Brooks scored four goals against fourth-ranked Maryland in the Tigers' 5-3 victory.

“More than anything, I am happy for the team that we got the win,” said Savage, who is a senior on the Clemson squad. “We can gain confidence with this win and a lot of people got to play tonight. It feels great to be able to score, but I give the credit to my teammates who created and assisted on my goals."

A total of seven different players for Clemson had assists in the match. Besides Savage and Amirkhanian, Paul Clowes, Alex Stockinger, Manolo Sanchez, Amadou Dia, and Bo Godwin had assists.

“I am happy with the way we came out and started the match,” said Clemson coach Mike Noonan. "We came out focused, and I think we learned things from the previous matches, and that is not to let up and play the entire 90 minutes. Lately, Gardner-Webb has been playing well. They took a top-25 team, High Point into overtime last week.

“Tonight, we were able to finish and score goals. I told Austin before the game to go out there and have fun. He is a unique player and can score goals in many ways."

Clemson will observe the 25th anniversary of its 1987 National Championship team on Friday night as the Tigers will play host to San Diego State at 6:00 p.m. The Aztecs were Clemson's opponent in the NCAA championship Riggs Field on December 6, 1987.

“We are looking forward to this weekend as San Diego State is coming to Clemson on Friday night," Noonan said. One of our core values of our program is to honor the tradition and alumni who have helped build this great program at Clemson. We are so glad that we were able to schedule San Diego State and honor the 25th anniversary of the 1987 team and pay tribute to those players. We look forward to having this wonderful team back on campus, and it will be an exciting and fun time for everyone.”

Clemson 5, Gardner-Webb 0

Clemson--Austin Savage (Bo Godwin, Manolo Sanchez) 0:56

Clemson--Austin Savage (Alex Stockinger) 5:11

Clemson--Austin Savage (Ara Amirkhanian, Amadou Dia) 30:58

Clemson--Ara Amirkhanian (Paul Clowes) 47:08

Clemson--Ara Amirkhanian (Austin Savage) 57:34

Shots: Clemson 19, Gardner-Webb 2

Corner Kicks: Clemson 8, Gardner-Webb 3

Saves: Cody Mizell (CU) 0, Chris Glodack (CU) 1, Jaap Elekan (GW) 6

Fouls: Clemson 13, Gardner-Webb 12

Attendance: 828

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