Tigers face San Diego State tonight in replay of 1987 NCAA championship match

Clemson program celebrating 25th anniversary of second national title

Former Clemson Hermann Award winner and United States National Team star Bruce Murray.

Former Clemson Hermann Award winner and United States National Team star Bruce Murray.

The Clemson men's soccer program will observe the 25th anniversary of its 1987 NCAA championship tonight when the Tigers play host to San Diego State at Riggs Field.

The Aztecs were Clemson's opponent for the 1987 championship game, which was played before a standing room-only crowd at Riggs Field on Dec. 6, 1987.

Many members of the Tigers' championship team will be on campus for weekend festivities.

Clemson has a 5-7-3 record overall this season. The Tigers are led in scoring by Austin Savage with seven goals and two assists for 16 points. Savage had a hat trick Tuesday night in Clemson’s 5-0 win over Gardner-Webb.

San Diego State has a 5-6-2 record overall this season. Jordan Ongaro leads the Aztecs in scoring with a seven goals and one assist for 15 points. Kody Duff has six goals.

This will be only the second meeting between the two schools. Clemson won the 1987 NCAA championship match 2-0 before an NCAA tournament record crowd of 8,332.

Paul Rutenis and Richie Richmond scored the two goals for the Tigers in this game. Ironically, Clemson and San Diego State were the final two teams selected for 1987's 24-team national championship field.

The match tonight will kick off at 6 p.m. - an hour earlier than the normal start time for Clemson's home matches - and will be part of a busy schedule of athletic events.

The volleyball team will face a ranked ACC opponent in Miami at 6 p.m. at Jervey Gym, and an exhibition and diving show will be put on by Clemson's new women's diving team at 6:30 p.m. at McHugh Natatorium.

The men's and women's basketball teams will hold their annual 'Rock the John' at Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m.

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