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Clemson falls to No. 1 Wake Forest in worst loss since 2008

David Ferrara, Editor-in-Chief

Clemson men’s soccer forward Mohamed Seye dribbles the ball against No. 1 Wake Forest at Historic Riggs Field on Sept. 24, 2022. 

The No. 10 Clemson men’s soccer team suffered its second consecutive conference loss on Saturday, falling to No. 1 Wake Forest 6-1 at Historic Riggs Field.
A dominant offensive showing from the Demon Deacons was far too much for the Tigers to handle, as Clemson set a season-high mark in goals allowed. 
The match began with 17 minutes of scoreless play until the floodgates opened when Wake Forest forward Babacar Niang fired a one-timer toward the upper right corner of the goal. 
Not even 10 minutes later, Wake Forest struck again, as defender Hosei Kijima, standing several feet back from the penalty box, sent a scorcher into the bottom left corner of Clemson’s goal
Kijima’s goal was a microcosm of the match at-large, as Clemson struggled to handle Wake Forest’s attack.
Kijima didn’t see any defensive pressure after receiving a corner kick at the top of the penalty box, leaving him open to fire a shot past Clemson’s Trevor Manion.
On the other end of the field, the Tigers’ usually-productive offense was no match for Wake Forest goalie Trace Alphin. Clemson had seven shots on goal, with Alphin saving all but one. 
Wake Forest tightened its grip on the lead in the second half, scoring at the 49th, 62nd, 76th and 88th-minute marks. 
The Tigers’ only goal on the night came from midfielder Brandon Parrish, who scored on a penalty kick with 30 seconds left in the match. 
The five-goal loss is the largest margin of defeat that Clemson has suffered under head coach Mike Noonan, who was hired in 2010 and is the first five-goal loss since 2008. 
The loss will likely send Clemson head coach Mike Noonan back to the drawing board as the team looks ahead to the rest of their ACC schedule.
The Tigers’ next match will take place on Friday, Sept. 30, as they travel to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina. 

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