Soccer: Tigers Advance in NCAAs

Clemson advanced to the Final 16 as the 12th-ranked Tigers scored three second-half goals in defeating N.C. State 3-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Raleigh, NC Tuesday afternoon.

Clemson improves to 13-5-3 overall, while N.C. State ends the 2005 season with a 11-7-1 record. The Wolfpack were seeded 14th in this year's tournament. The Tigers are ranked 12th by Soccer America and 15th by the NSCAA. N.C. State is ranked 18th by Soccer America and 23rd by the NSCAA.

In the NCAA Tournament, the Tigers are unseeded.

Clemson has played in 25 NCAA Tournaments over the years. The Tigers have now advanced to the final 16 for a total of 21 times. Under Head Coach Trevor Adair, Clemson has been to the final 16 seven times as he is in his 11th season at Clemson. The Tigers scored first at the 50:36 mark. Dane Richards picked up a loose ball in the box and scored his 10th goal of the season. Clemson's Hector Quintanar scored his fifth goal of the year at the 68:17 point into the match. Bradley Gibson played the ball to Randy Albright. Albright crossed the ball to Quintanar who sent a shot inside the right post.

Danny Poe completed the scoring for Clemson with 14:37 left in the match.

Mark Buchholz crossed the ball from the right. Poe sent a diving head shot inside the left post for his second goal of the year. Clemson will play the winner of the Indiana-Notre Dame match this weekend.

Indiana and Notre Dame will play tonight (November 22). "I thought we played well in very cold conditions," said Clemson Head Coach Trevor Adair. "Our guys are playing well, and I thought we played with a lot of determination today and I felt we deserve to win the game. We worked hard this season and I think we have great chemistry as a team and it is paying off at the right time. It was a total team effort today." Top Stories