CLEMSON, S.C. – No. 7 Clemson used a three-goal flurry over a seven minute stretch midway through the first half Tuesday night to top Gardner-Webb, 5-0, at Riggs Field.
Gardner-Webb (2-5) got a solid performance from freshman keeper Jake Beyer over the final 45 minutes, as he limited the Tigers (4-1-1) to just one goal – and recorded four saves – during his time in net.
Clemson got two goals and an assist from Diego Campos, who put three shots on frame. Gardner-Webb got one shot each from Simen Olsen and Magnus Moldjord in its final tune up before Big South Conference play begins.
Campos opened the scoring in the 24th minute with a laser into the upper right corner of the net. Malick Mbaye found Campos with a one-touch pass off his left foot to Campos, who put it past the Gardner-Webb keeper to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Campos added his second of the day just minutes later in a 1-on-1 situation with the keeper at the 28:29 mark. This time he sent an easy touch shot off his right foot into the back of the net to double the Clemson lead to 2-0.
Clemson's Thales Moreno added one of his own in the 30th minute. He found a hole in the defense and sent a curler into the right side of the net. Saul Chinchilla found Campos, who then played a perfect cross to Moreno for the strike from 10 yards to give the Tigers a 3-0 advantage.
With the half winding down, Alex Happi delivered a cross from the left side and found Mauriq Hill for the header just out of the diving keeper's reach. The header gave Clemson a 4-0 heading into halftime.
Both teams were both held off the scoreboard in the second half until Clemson's Trey Langlois added one of his own to give the Tigers a five goal margin in the 87th minute. Burnikel placed a cross from the right side, which was headed in by Langlois for a 5-0 lead and the final margin.
The Tigers held a 23-2 edge in shooting and put 12 of those on frame. Each team was whistled for nine fouls and Clemson held a 7-0 edge in corners.
Gardner-Webb will be back in action this Saturday, September 24 at home in their conference opener against Campbell University. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm. The game will air live on The Big South Network (bigsouthsports.com).