Clemson Tigers men's soccer

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Clemson Tigers
Soccerball current event.svg 2019 Clemson Tigers men's soccer team
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Founded1934;85 years ago (1934)
University Clemson University
Head coach Mike Noonan (9th season)
Conference ACC
Atlantic Division
Location Clemson, SC
Stadium Historic Riggs Field
(Capacity: 6,500)
Nickname Tigers
ColorsOrange and Regalia [1]
         
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Home
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Away
NCAA Tournament championships
1984, 1987
NCAA Tournament runner-up
1979, 2015
NCAA Tournament Semifinals
1973, 1976, 1978, 2005, 2015
NCAA Tournament appearances
1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
1998*, 2001*, 2014
Conference Regular Season championships
1972*, 1973*, 1974*, 1975*, 1976*, 1977*, 1978*, 1979*, 1981*, 1982*, 1985*, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2019

The Clemson Tigers men's soccer team represent Clemson University in the Atlantic Coast Conference of NCAA Division I soccer. The team has won 14 Atlantic Coast Conference championships, 2 NCAA national championships, and hosted 2 Hermann Trophy winners (Bruce Murray in 1987 and Wojtek Krakowiak in 1998).

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History

Clemson began sponsoring a soccer team in 1934, playing a hybrid schedule of colleges and prep schools. The team was discontinued after the 1939 season. In 1967, the university decided to re-add soccer as a varsity sport. Dr. I. M. Ibrahim, who was a chemistry professor at the time, was chosen to lead the program. In the program's inaugural season, the team posted a 6–5 record. From 1967 to 1971, the Tigers posted four winning seasons overall, but were consistently in the bottom tier of the ACC.

The 1972 season proved to be a breakout year for the Tigers. The Tigers went undefeated in conference play to capture the first of eight straight ACC titles and finished the year with a 13–1–1 record and earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament. The 1973 season would prove to be even more successful, as the Tigers went 16–1 and made it to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament. By the end of the decade, the Tigers had 8 conference titles, 3 trips to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament, an Elite 8 appearance, 3 Final Four appearances, and finished the 1979 season as national runners-up.

Clemson's streak of ACC titles and NCAA appearances was broken during the 1980 season, but the Tigers rebounded with conference titles during the 1981, 1982, and 1985 seasons (Clemson's last before the ACC adopted its tournament format) and 5 straight appearances in the NCAA tournament. The 1984 season saw the Tigers finally reach the summit of national prominence, as the Tigers went 22–4 against a very tough schedule and won the 1984 National Championship. During the 1984 NCAA Tournament, Clemson had to face the top four seeds in the tournament (Alabama A&M, Virginia, UCLA, and Indiana). After failing to make the NCAA tournament in 1986, the Tigers earned their 2nd National Championship during the 1987 season. The Tigers finished the 1987 regular season 13–5–1, but had struggled during conference play. Reportedly, the Tigers were the 23rd team selected for the 24-team NCAA tournament. The Tigers, however, won three straight road games, which included an upset of #1-ranked Indiana (who hadn't lost a NCAA tournament home game prior to the match), and was chosen to host the Final Four at Riggs Field. In the semifinals, the Tigers avenged two earlier losses to North Carolina and, in the championship game, knocked off San Diego State (another surprise finalist). In addition, Bruce Murray won the 1987 Hermann Trophy (the first Clemson player to win the award).

The 1990s saw the first change of head coaches in school history, as Dr. Ibrahim retired after the 1994 season and was replaced by Brown head coach Trevor Adair. The Tigers captured their first ACC Tournament championship in 1998, won 3 ACC regular season titles (1990, 1993, and 1998), and had another player honored with the Hermann Trophy (Wojtek Krakowiak, 1998). The Tigers made 6 appearances in the NCAA tournament, with their best finishes being trips to the Elite 8 in 1997 and 1998.

During the 2001 season, the Tigers captured their 2nd ACC Tournament championship and advanced to the Elite 8. After another Elite 8 run in 2002, the Tigers experienced a down time, failing to advance out of the first round in 2003 and missing the NCAA tournament altogether in 2004. The 2005 squad, however, would make a strong run during the NCAA tournament, advancing to the Final Four for the first time since the 1987 squad's national title. The 2006 team would make the round of 16, falling to eventual runner-up UCLA. The 2008 squad, despite not making the tournament, was one of only two teams in the country to defeat both national champion Maryland and national runner-up North Carolina during the season. Trevor Adair resigned as head coach of the Tigers on June 16, 2009, two months after being placed on a leave of absence after reportedly assaulting his two daughters during a domestic dispute. [2] Assistant coach Phil Hindson was promoted to interim head coach for the 2009 season, marking only the second change in head coaches in Tiger history. The Tigers struggled through the 2009 season, finishing with a final record of 6–12–1 despite a victory over national champion Virginia during the season.

On January 5, 2010, it was announced that former Brown head coach Mike Noonan was hired as Clemson's 4th head soccer coach. [3] Since Coach Noonan took over, the Tigers have slowly risen back to prominence, returning to the NCAA tournament in 2013 and winning their 14th ACC championship in 2014. In 2015, the Tigers advanced to the finals of the NCAA College Cup for the first time since 1987, falling in the national championship match to Stanford. In 2016, the Tigers finished runners up in the ACC Tournament and advanced to the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Seasons

National ChampionsDagger-14-plain.pngConference Champions*NCAA Tournament berth^
SeasonHead coach [4] Season results [5] Tournament results
OverallConferenceConference [6] [A 1] NCAA [7] [A 2]
WinsLossesTiesWinsLossesTiesFinish
1934–35 Fred Kirchner 121
1935 220
1936 001
1937 301
1938 001
1939 220
1940–1966: No team
1967 I. M. Ibrahim 6501304th
1968 9311315th
1969 5614015th
1970 8321316th
1971 8311315th
1972 *1311500Champion* Round of 16 ^
1973 *1610500Champion* Final Four ^
1974 *1230500Champion* Round of 16 ^
1975 *1320500Champion* Round of 16 ^
1976 *1821401Champion* Fourth Place ^
1977 *1610500Champion* Quarterfinal ^
1978 *1811401Champion* Third Place ^
1979 *1621500Champion* Runner-Up *
1980 12324112nd
1981 *1820510Champion* Round of 16 ^
1982 *1821510Champion* Round of 16 ^
1983 16323213rd First Round ^
1984 Dagger-14-plain.png22404202nd Champion Dagger-14-plain.png
1985 *1932510Champion* Round of 16 ^
1986 12623303rd
1987 Dagger-14-plain.png18511415thFirst Round Champion Dagger-14-plain.png
1988 10722405thFirst Round
1989 13611415thFirst Round
1990 16414111stFirst Round First Round ^
1991 13622315thFirst Round First Round ^
1992 12641326thFinal
1993 18515011stFinal Round of 16 ^
1994 13711416thQuarterfinal
1995 Trevor Adair 16614203rdFirst Round Round of 16 ^
1996 10722315thFirst Round
1997 11732315thFirst Round Quarterfinal ^
1998 *22205101stChampion* Quarterfinal ^
1999 9822224thFirst Round
2000 14422224thFirst Round Round of 16 ^
2001 *1950420T-2ndChampion* Quarterfinal ^
2002 13542316thQuarterfinal Quarterfinal ^
2003 9742406thFirst Round First Round ^
2004 8912506thFirst Round
2005 15632427thQuarterfinal Final Four ^
2006 1352332T-5thFirst Round Round of 16 ^
2007 71112607thFirst Round
2008 7923416thFirst Round
2009 Phil Hindson 61212609thSecond Round
2010 Mike Noonan 5842427thQuarterfinal
2011 8824407thQuarterfinal
2012 6953235thSemifinal
2013 1173542T-4thSemifinal First Round ^
2014*1273521T-1st Atlantic Division Champion * Round of 16 ^
2015 17346112nd Atlantic Division Semifinal Runner-Up *
2016 14454133rd Atlantic Division Runner-Up Quarterfinal ^
2017 12614403rd Atlantic Division Semifinal Second Round ^
2018 7912606th Atlantic Division First Round
2019 18226111st Atlantic Division Runner-Up Quarterfinal ^
  1. The Atlantic Coast Conference began holding a tournament in 1987.
  2. The NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship began in 1959.

Roster

Updated October 2, 2019 [8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
1 Flag of the United States.svg GK Daniel Kuzemka
2 Flag of the United States.svg DF Judson Burns
3 Flag of Sweden.svg DF Oskar Ågren
4 Flag of Senegal.svg DF Justin Malou
5 Flag of Senegal.svg MF Malick Mbaye
6 Flag of the United States.svg DF Tanner Dieterich
7 Flag of the United States.svg MF Robbie Robinson
8 Flag of Ecuador.svg MF Luis Felipe Fernandez-Salvador
9 Flag of England.svg FW Kimarni Smith
10 Flag of Costa Rica.svg FW Adrian Nunez
11 Flag of the United States.svg FW Grayson Barber
12 Flag of the United States.svg FW Adam Yorke
13 Flag of the United States.svg MF John Martin
14 Flag of Spain.svg MF Mohamed Seye
15 Flag of the United States.svg DF Charlie Asensio
16 Flag of the United States.svg MF Cale Thorne
No.PositionPlayer
17 Flag of the United States.svg MF Quinn McNeil
18 Flag of Spain.svg MF Alvaro Gomez
19 Flag of the United States.svg FW Matt Boberg
20 Flag of Kenya.svg MF Philip Mayaka
21 Flag of the United States.svg MF Izzy Garcia-Perez
22 Flag of the United States.svg GK Nolan Lennon
23 Flag of Iceland.svg MF Sindri Björnsson
24 Flag of the United States.svg DF Stirling Russell
25 Flag of the United States.svg FW James Brighton
26 Flag of the United States.svg MF Jake Barron
27 Flag of the United States.svg DF Isaiah Reid
28 Flag of the United States.svg FW Nate Hall
29 Flag of the United States.svg DF Enrique Montana III
30 Flag of the United States.svg MF Dylan Sullivan
31 Flag of the United States.svg GK George Marks
Flag of the United States.svg FW Chris Matlashewki

Coaching staff

PositionStaff
Athletic Director Flag of the United States.svg Dan Radakovich
Head Coach Flag of the United States.svg Mike Noonan
Associate Head Coach Flag of England.svg Philip Jones
Assistant Coach Flag of Colombia.svg Camilo Rodriguez
Director of Operations Flag of the United States.svg Rob Thompson

Source: [9]

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