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ICYMI #17 NC State Women’s Soccer Beat UNCG To Close Out Non-Conference Schedule

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In case you missed it, the #17 NC State Women’s Soccer team (7-1-1) went on the road and defeated UNC-Greensboro (5-2-1) 1-0 on Wednesday to close out their Non-Conference schedule. Junior Kia Rankin scored the lone goal off an assist from Juniors Krissi Schuster and Paige Griffiths.

NC State dominated the match more than the score shows. The Wolfpack had more shots (17/5), shots on goal (5/3) and cornerbacks (4/1). Junior Tziarra King had 4 shots (1 on goal) and Rankin had 3 shots (1 on goal).

Senior Goal Keeper Sydney Wootten picked up her 4th shutout of the season, and the 21st of her career. She currently ranks 4th in school history, and is only 2 shutouts away from 3rd place. Wootten had two saves against UNCG.

The Wolfpack finished their non-conference slate with 7 wins, only one loss, and zero losses on the road.

Through 9 games, Tziarra King leads the ACC in shots per game (4.56), and ranks 2nd in goals per game (.667), 4th in points per game (1.67) and 10th in assists per game (.333). Kia Rankin ranks 6th in shots per game (3.29), and 7th in points per game (1.29). She also has 2 game-winning goals, which is tied for the ACC lead.

The Wolfpack will open their ACC slate at home next Thursday night against Wake Forest at 7pm.

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NC State Women’s Soccer Defeats #7 Santa Clara in PK’s to Advance to Sweet 16

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For the 5th time in school history, the NC State Women’s Soccer team has advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, defeating #7 Santa Clara in penalty kicks to seal the deal.

Senior goalie Sydney Wooten deserves the game ball. Santa Clara dominated the box score, with 25 shots compared to the Wolfpack’s 3, and 12 shots on goal, compared to 2. Wooten had 11 saves in the contest, sending what was a lopsided match on paper to overtime.

The match was scoreless until the 60th minute, when Santa Clara’s Maria Sanchez put the ball in the net. With 13 minutes left in regulation, NC State Sophomore Tziarra King followed suit, scoring her 10th goal of the season (team leader, 3rd in ACC).

After two scoreless overtime periods (props to Wooten), the match was decided by penalty kicks, and NC State converted 5 to Santa Clara’s 4.

This marks the 2nd time that NC State has advanced to the Sweet 16 in the last 3 years. Ironically, the Wolfpack’s opponent in the Sweet 16 in 2016 was Santa Clara, losing the match 3-0. Last night’s victory was sweet revenge.

The Wolfpack will face #4 UCLA on Sunday night at 9pm (ET) at Wallis Annenberg Stadium, who defeated Minnesota 5-0 last night.

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NC State Men’s Soccer Win’s 1st NCAA Tournament Match Since 1994, Handling Campbell 4-1

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The NC State Men’s Soccer team (10-6-3) defeated Campbell (9-9-3) 4-1 at home in the 1st round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament last night, winning their 1st NCAA Tournament game since 1994.

Junior Gabriel Machado scored 2 of the Wolfpack’s 4 goals, surpassing Brad Sweeney for the team lead (Machado – 6 & Sweeney – 5). Sophomore David Norris scored the first goal of his career, and Sophomore Brad Sweeney scored his 5th of the season.

The Wolfpack had 15 shots (7 on goal), compared to Campbell’s 8 (2 on goal).

This will be the Wolfpack’s 8th appearance in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. NC State’s 2nd round matchup will be against #15 Maryland on the road this Sunday at 1pm. Three teams in NC State history have advanced to the quarterfinals (1990-92).

The Wolfpack have beaten 3 Top-15 opponents in 2018.

NC State’s Record Against Top-15 Teams in 2018

@ #4 Akron – 2-0 (W)
@ #1 Wake Forest – 0-3 (L)
#14 Virginia Tech – 1-0 (W)
#6 Louisville – 2-2 (T)
#1 UNC – 1-0 (W)
@ #11 UNCW – 0-3 (L)
(N) #1 Wake Forest – 0-2 (L)

 

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NC State Men’s Soccer Heading Back to NCAA Tournament for 2nd Consecutive Season

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The NC State Women’s Soccer team just advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament, and the Wolfpack Men’s Soccer (9-6-3) team found out yesterday that they are dancing for the second consecutive season.

To say this is a big deal would be an understatement. The last time NC State’s Men’s Soccer team advanced to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons was in 1991-92.

The Wolfpack will host Campbell this Thursday at 7pm, marking the 1st time NC State has hosted an NCAA Tournament game since 2009.

I’d say that George Kiefer seems to have been a quality hire. After missing the NCAA Tournament since 2009, Kiefer has led the Wolfpack to 2 Tourney’s in 2 years.

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NC State Women’s Soccer Defeats Northwestern in 1st Round of NCAA Tournament

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The NC State Women’s Soccer team hosted and beat Northwestern 1-0 in the 1st round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament last night.

Freshman Jenna Butler picked a good time for her first collegiate goal, putting the ball through the net in the 76th minute off of a cornerkick assist from Senior Hannah Keogh.

The Wolfpack outshot Northwestern 11 to 7, and had 6 shots on goal compared to Wildcat’s 3.

Senior Goalkeeper Sydney Wooten picked up her 7th shutout of 2018, and the 24th of her career (3rd all-time).

The win was Tim Santoro’s 50th as the Wolfpack’s head coach.

NC State has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament 11 times, and 3 of those have come the past three years.

The Wolfpack will face the winner of today’s Santa Clara vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee matchup on November 16th.

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