Clemson men’s soccer headed to Elite 8

Credit: Dawson Powers

CLEMSON, S.C. (WBTW) – The third-ranked Clemson men’s soccer team advances to the Elite Eight for the second-straight year after defeating Albany, 3-1 at Historic Riggs Field on Sunday night.

With just one minute remaining in the first half, senior Austen Bernikel collected a pass from junior Oliver Shannon inside the box and drilled it, giving the Tigers a 1-0 advantage at half. Albany quickly found the equalizer just two minutes into the second half when midfielder Carlos Clark scored.

In the 80th-minute Burnikel was the hero again when he headed one in off a corner kick, giving Clemson a 2-1 advantage. Just three minutes later senior Alex Happi finished a ball that bounced off the crossbar to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.

The Tigers will play Denver Friday, Dec. 2 in the Elite Eight at Historic Riggs Field at 7 p.m.  Denver is undefeated this season.