Men’s Soccer hosts No. 17 Clemson for Monday Night ACC clash

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – Playing its first game in nine days, the University of North Carolina men’s soccer team will host defending national champion Clemson for an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown Oct. 3 at Dorrance Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

The nationally televised contest will be UNC’s first on the ACC Network this season with Dalen Cuff and Devon Curr on call.

The two head coaches have agreed to postpone the match, originally scheduled for September 30, in anticipation of more favorable field and weather conditions due to inclement weather brought by Hurricane Ian.

The Tar Heels posted a 1-0 shutout at Notre Dame in their last outing on Sept. 24. Milo Garvanyan scored what turned out to be the game-winner from a penalty – his second successful conversion of the season – for his third overall goal of the year.

Along with leading the team in goals, Garvanian also ranks first with seven points and seven shots on goal while he and three other Tar Heels have one assist. Andre Cordes made 18 saves between the posts and his .783 save percentage ranks third in the ACC.

Til Zinnhardt, who was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list earlier this season, is the only Tar Heel to record a full 90 minutes in all eight matches so far. He led the UNC backline that held UNCW without a shot for the first 54 minutes on September 20 and Notre Dame without a shot for nearly an hour four days later.

Clemson, the 2021 national champion, will arrive in Chapel Hill with a 7-2 overall rating and a 1-2 record in ACC action. Ten Tigers have found the back of the net at least once with Ousmane Sylla leading with four. Mohamed Seye has a league-best six assists and goaltender Trevor Manion has a .577 save percentage in goal.

Monday night’s matchup will be the 67th meeting in program history between the two opponents, with Carolina holding a slight advantage in the all-time series at 31-28-7. The Tar Heels, who are 19-9-2 against the Tigers at Chapel Hill and haven’t lost to them at home since 2013, lost a 2-1 decision last season in the quarterfinals of the League. ‘ACC.

With six votes from the league’s 12 head coaches, Clemson was the preseason favorite to be crowned ACC champion. UNC and Pitt both got two votes to tie for second behind the Tigers.

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