GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG was able to keep the 13th ranked Tigers of Clemson off of the board for 42 minutes Sunday night at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. However, Clemson was able to take advantage of a corner kick opportunity in the 43rd minute and added three more tallies in the second half on the way to a 4-0 defeat of the Spartans.
While the Tigers controlled possession throughout the first half, the UNCG defense was able to keep Clemson from generating a chance that was all that threatening. However, after a couple of corners prior, CU cashed in in the 43rd minute. The ball was lofted into a dangerous area and pin balled around before Jeni Erickson tapped home an easy goal to put the Tigers up 1-0 heading into the break.
With the Blue and Gold still in striking distance, Clemson broke the game open with a three-goal onslaught in exactly two minutes, scoring in the 56th, 57th and 58th minutes. With the Spartans down now by four goals, the match was all but decided.
“That was more than a momentary lapse, it was like a four-minute lapse,” said head coach Michael Coll. “It was very disappointing. We basically handed it to them in that span of four minutes. Yes, Clemson seized the momentum but we made it painfully easy for them to do so.”
Following the sudden barrage by the Tigers, Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper (Charlottesville, Va./Albamarle) returned to the Spartan goal. The freshman was able to slow things down for UNCG, holding CU scoreless the rest of the way.
“We wanted to get Aiyanah that experience,” continued Coll. “She’s had plenty of experience through the first three games but I wanted to get her back out there for more.”
In total, Tyler-Cooper played 77:47 of the affair, holding the powerful Clemson offense to a single goal while making four saves on the night. In the end the Tigers were able to produce far better of the chances. Clemson outshot UNCG 17-4, including a 9-2 advantage in shots on goal.