After quickly falling behind the Hoosiers in their opener, the Tigers bounced back to take a 2-1 halftime lead. Ousmane Sylla secured Clemson’s equalizer through a lay off from Mohamed Seye. The junior midfielder took two touches to his right and then hit a perfectly placed shot into the left side panel.
Just four minutes later, in the 16th minute, Seye made an incredible move to beat his defender and attacked Indiana’s penalty box with speed before hitting a left-footed beauty on the outside of the foot at the back of the net, giving Clemson their first lead. of the season. The Tigers would retain that advantage for the remainder of the first period.
Keys to Victory
- Continue to dominate in the counterattack
- Both of Clemson’s goals came in transitions. Quick, decisive clearances gave the Tigers the best scoring chances and they will need to continue to capitalize on those opportunities.
- Get shots on target
- Each of Clemson’s three shots hit the frame, two of which beat the Indiana keeper. It will be paramount to continue testing him as Clemson looks to increase their lead.
- Defend set pieces
- Indiana got three corners, while Clemson got none. The Hoosiers only committed two fouls of Clemson’s nine. For the Tigers to maintain their advantage, they will need to be physical and defensively tough when it comes to defending from set pieces.
The rest of the game will be broadcast on ESPNU, with live stats available HERE.