In a battle of two top-20 teams, No. 17 Furman upset No. 9 Clemson 2-1 in a men’s intercollegiate soccer match Tuesday night.
With the win, Furman improved to 9-1-2 overall, while Clemson dropped to 8-3-2 this season.
“It was all about our mentality,” said coach Mike Noonan. "Our concentration part of the game slipped, and the lack of desire allowed what happened. Furman wanted it more and they took it. Our mentality tonight is unacceptable."
Furman scored first at the 17:26 mark. Bobby Edet took a shot, but the attempt was deflected by a Clemson defender. The rebound came to Tyler Peoples on the left side just inside the box. Peoples fired a diagonal shot into the netting for his fifth goal of the year.
The Paladins doubled their lead at the beginning of the second half in the 50th minute. Martin Ontiveros sent a free kick to the front of the goal from the left corner of the box. Michael Gandier headed the ball into the goal from just inside the box. It was his first goal of the season.
Clemson narrowed the lead in the 61st minute. Jack Metcalf sent a pass from the back, springing the Tigers’ Iain Smith free on a run creating a one-on-one situation with the Paladins’ goalkeeper Sven Lissek. Smith drove inside the box and played the ball through Lissek’s legs and into the goal. This was Smith’s first goal of the season, and was only the second goal that Furman had given up since September 1.
Clemson outshot Furman 14-5 and had nine corner kicks compared to Furman’s one. The Tigers took nine shots in the second half to Furman’s one.
In the closing minutes, the Tigers’ Alexandre Rome’o Happi's attempt from 15 yards went just wide. With 5:53 left to go Clemson’s Alex Stockinger fired a shot from 25 yards out, and Furman’s goalkeeper Lissek deflected the ball over crossbar before it could dip into the goal.
The Tigers played without the services of leading scorer Thomas McNamara, who was serving a mandatory one-game suspension for a red card he received last Friday night.
“Pittsburgh will come here Friday night, and they’re a good ACC team," said. "We must be ready for them and bounce back from this loss tonight."
Clemson hosts Pittsburgh in an ACC contest on Friday at 6 p.m. at Riggs Field.
Furman—Tyler Peoples (Bobby Edet) 17:26
Furman—Michael Gandier (Martin Ontiveros) 49:59
Clemson—Iain Smith (Jack Metcalf) 60:03
Shots: Clemson 14, Furman 5
Corner Kicks: Clemson 9, Furman 1
Saves: Andrew Tarbell (CU) 0, Sven Lissek (F) 5
Fouls: Clemson 9, Furman 7