No. 6 Clemson, the 2015 NCAA Division I men's runner-up, opened its 2016 campaign with a 2-1 win at South Carolina in their annual Palmetto Cup match that drew 6,892 fans at Stone Stadium, the largest
ever crowd in venue history. Austen Burnikel
opened the scoring for the Tigers in the 14th minute, but South Carolina responded just 59 seconds later on Kevin Walker
header. The winner was scored by Aaron Jones
on a free kick from 30 yards out in the 27th minute.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ximo Miralles
provided two big saves early in the
second half, including a stop on Bjorn Gudjonsson
"Obviously, we are very happy with winning the match and getting the point in the Palmetto Cup," said Clemson
coach Mike Noonan
. "I think our team showed a toughness and edge to compete and credit to a good South Carolina team."