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NC State Men’s Soccer Ranks 6th in Week 4 Poll

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The NC State Men’s Soccer team is #6 in the nation in the TopDrawerSoccer Week 4 Top-25 poll. Last week they lost their first match of the season to #1 Wake Forest on the road, but only managed to fall 2 spots in the poll. It’s worth noting that the loss came without Sophomore sensation Manny Perez, who was called up to the US U-20 National Team.

NC State fell from #7 to #9 in the Soccer America Poll, and from #8 to #18 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll.

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Tziarra King is NC State’s 1st All-American in 24 Years

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The United Soccer Coaches released their All-American teams yesterday, and NC State Senior Tziarra King was named to the 3rd team, making her the first Wolfpack All-American in 24 years.

King is the 1st Wolfpack Women’s Soccer player to earn All-American honors since Thori Staples earned 2nd Team honors in 1995. She is only the 8th All-American in the history of NC State Women’s Soccer.

King wrapped up her career with 88 starts, 48 goals and 115 points, and ranks third all-time in the Wolfpack record books in all three categories. She remained among the top three in the ACC and top 35 in the NCAA this season in goals (13) and points (32) en route to becoming the second four-time All-ACC selection in the history of the program behind Staples Bryan (1992-95).

She, along with the rest of the senior class, helped the Pack earn its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament at-large bid and reach the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in four years. The squad additionally finished fifth in the regular season ACC standings and made its second ACC Championship semifinal appearance in the past three seasons.

The Sicklerville, N.J. native will graduate later this month with a 4.00 grade-point average and nutrition science degree. (GoPack)

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NC State Falls to Coastal Carolina in 2OT in 1st Round of NCAA’s at Home

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You never want to lose a game at home in the 1st Round of the NCAA Tournament, but that is what happened to the NC State Men’s Soccer team (9-7-3) on Thursday night, falling to Coastal Carolina (10-7-3) 3-2 in double overtime.

Junior Midfielder David Loera put the team on his back, scoring both Wolfpack goals. He got the scoring started with a goal in the 22nd minute off of an assist from Senior Tyler Gabarra.

Coastal Carolina tied the game on a direct kick from 22 yards out, and then took the lead in the 64th minute, which also involved a free kick.

Loera’s 5th goal of the season tied the game up in the 74th minute.

Unfortunately, the Wolfpack had a handful of kicks that were inches away from being goals, but the game ended up going to 2 overtime periods, with Coastal Carolina’s Tyrone Mondi scoring his 7th goal of the season in the 104th minute to seal the deal on the upset.

Senior Wolfpack goalkeeper Vincent Durand had a career high 5 saves, but it wasn’t enough.

Despite the devastating loss, head coach George Kiefer has the Wolfpack headed in the right direction, leading them to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since 1985-87, and a 5th place finish in the ACC this year, which is the best finish since 2005.

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NC State Women’s Soccer Advances to Sweet 16 for 3rd Time in 4 Years

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The NC State Women’s Soccer team pulled off an upset last night, defeating #3 seed Arkansas (#8 in the nation) 2-1, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the 3rd time in the last 4 years.

Eighteen minutes into the game, Senior Kia Rankin scored the first goal of the game, her 2nd of the year.

30 minutes later, Redshirt Sophomore Lulu Guttenberger put the Pack up 2-0 on a corner kick assist from Senior Ricci Walkling.

This marks the 6th time that the Wolfpack have advanced to the 3rd round of the NCAA Tournament. Since the Tournament has been expanded to 64 teams, NC State has never advance to the Elite 8.

Standing in the Wolfpack’s way is #2 seed and host BYU. The Cougars, who are ranked 4th nationally, beat #23 Louisville 4-0 last night.

The Wolfpack and the Cougars have never played one another. The two play tomorrow night at 8pm.

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NC State Mens Soccer Advances to NCAA Tournament for 3rd Straight Year

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The NC State Men’s Soccer Team (9-6-3) has advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year, for the first time since 1985-87. The Wolfpack will be hosting Coastal Carolina on Thursday night at 7pm.

NC State finished the regular season 5th in the ACC, which was their best finish since 2005.

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The Wolfpack have an overall record of 6-14-2 in the NCAA Tournament. NC State has advanced to the 2nd round 8 times.

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