Clemson Downs Tech, 1-0
Hokies lose first-ever ACC contest
October 1, 2004

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson's Mark Buchholz scored the first goal of his career in the 68th minute and it proved to be enough offense for the Tigers as they held off Virginia Tech in the closing minutes in a tightly contested Atlantic Coast Conference game. With the 1-0 victory, Clemson improves to 5-2 on the season and 2-1 in the ACC. The Hokies fall to 4-5 overall and 0-1 in conference competition.

Ben Nason recorded the only shot for Tech in the final 22 minutes of action, but Phil Marfuggi was able to prevent him from tying the score, giving the Tigers the win. In the closing minutes of the game, Clemson was in total control, producing two corner kicks and two shots, with one being on goal.

In the opening half, both teams played almost as even as they could, battling to a 0-0 tie at the intermission. The Hokies had three shots to Clemson's six in the first period. Tech goalkeeper Chase Harrison recorded three saves to one for his counterpart, Marfuggi. The Tigers had an edge with two corner kicks, while the Hokies only had one. However, Clemson tallied two more fouls and one more offsides call than Tech.

Kevin Edwards' only shot was on goal, the only one for the Hokies in the half. The Tigers blasted three shots on goal, with Stuart Holden having two and Justin Moore with the other.

For the game, the two teams combined for 32 fouls, with each getting 16 calls. Clemson tallied 14 shots to only five for Tech. The Tigers had six shots on goal, while the Hokies managed just two. Harrison recorded five saves to two for Marfuggi.

This was only the second contest between the two schools in men's soccer, with the first meeting coming last season. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Clemson traveled to Blacksburg where the teams played to a 3-3 stalemate. Tech advanced on penalty kicks, ending the Tigers' season.

The Hokies return to action on Sunday against Coastal Carolina in their final game of the Clemson Nike Classic. The contest is slated for a noon start.