Clemson women’s football 2021 season review – official Clemson Tigers athletics site
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s football team enjoyed great success once again in the 2021 campaign, winning an NCAA tournament bid for the eighth consecutive season and the 22nd time in the program’s 27 seasons. Head coach Eddie Radwanski closed his 11th season in charge of the program, as Clemson finished the season 12-7-1 and finished just outside the Top-25 of United football coaches.
The Tigers have scored 52 goals, ranking 16th nationally, placed second nationally with 3.25 assists per game and finished fifth nationally in total assists (65) and points per game (8.45).
The 2021 team, which consisted of nine real freshmen, cemented six wins at the ACC and finished fifth in the nation’s top conference, which saw six teams ranked in USC’s final poll and the national champion. The Tigers have had at least five conference wins in four consecutive seasons.
The Tigers have had a strong start to the season in their non-conference schedule with wins over Saint Francis, Loyola (MD), College of Charleston, Gardner-Webb and the No.12 South Carolina, scoring the third straight victory over the Gamecocks. Clemson continued their successful streak in ACC play, beating No.19 Pitt and NC State to extend their season-high five winning streak. The Tigers also beat Miami, Syracuse, No.17 Virginia Tech, Boston College and tied Louisville to finish the regular season. Clemson’s eight goals against Syracuse were tied for the most goals in the country against any power-five team this season.
For the eighth consecutive year, the Tigers have heard their name called on the NCAA selection show to host Alabama at Historic Riggs Field. Tide scored early in the third minute, but the Tigers struggled the rest of the game, registering 20 shots to nine for the Tide. Despite a colossal effort, the Tigers failed to find the equalizer, finalizing the 2021 season.
Megan Bornkamp shone in his second season with the Tigers and the first as a center-back. After scoring 10 goals, 10 assists and 30 points, they were named United Soccer Coaches Third All-American Team for the second time in their career, in addition to being named First Team All-ACC, First Team All -Atlantic Region, ACC All -Tournament Team, Preseason All-ACC and CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. Bornkamp became the first female soccer player in school history to win All-America honors in each of her first two seasons.
Junior midfielder Hal Hershfelt has enjoyed great success this season for the Tigers after being named to United Soccer Coaches’ Second All-ACC and Second All-Atlantic Team for the first time in her career. Hershfelt has already received Third Team All ACC and United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-Atlantic Region honors in his freshman campaign. Hershfelt has reached career highs with seven goals and 17 points this season and was a dominant presence in Clemson’s midfield.
Makenna Morris has been integral to Clemson’s success this year and has helped primarily on the offensive end of the ball for the first time in his career. Morris was named Third Team All ACC and United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-Atlantic Region after scoring six goals, nine assists and 21 points. She recorded her first-ever brace and a career-high five points in the season opener against Saint Francis. Morris was one of 24 players invited to train with the National Women’s Under-20 Team after the end of the season.
Senior Renee Guion saved her best season to last as she tied a program record for most assists in a single season with 13 and tied the program record for the second time in her career for the more assists in a foursome game against College of Charleston. She led the ACC in assists and assists per game. Guion has played and started in all 20 games for the Tigers and set the program record for most games played with 101.
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