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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 Ranked 26th in United Soccer Coaches Preseason Rankings

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The 2019 United Soccer Coaches Preseason Top-25 is out, and the NC State Men’s Soccer team is right on the verge of being ranked, sitting at #26.

ACC Teams in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll

4) Wake Forest
6) UNC
10) Duke
12) UVA
14) Louisville
16) Virginia Tech
26) NC State
28) Syracuse
33) Clemson

The Wolfpack was ranked as high as 12th last season, but didn’t finish in the Top-25 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll in 2018. They did finish the 2018 campaign ranked 24th in the Top Drawer Soccer Poll.

NC State’s incoming 2019 recruiting class ranks 6th nationally.

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NC State Women’s Soccer Ranked 21st in United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll

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For the 3rd straight year, the NC State Women’s Soccer team will start the season ranked in the Top-25 in one poll.

United Soccer Coaches Preseason Top 25

  1. Florida State
  2. North Carolina
  3. Stanford
  4. UCLA
  5. Southern California
  6. Penn State
  7. Georgetown
  8. Duke
  9. Virginia
  10. Tennessee
  11. West Virginia
  12. Texas A&M
  13. Santa Clara
  14. Baylor
  15. South Carolina
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Vanderbilt
  18. South Florida
  19. Texas
  20. Memphis
  21. NC State
  22. Texas Tech
  23. Wake Forest
  24. LSU
  25. Virginia Tech

*2019 opponents in italics.

The Wolfpack have gone to the NCAA Tournament for the past three seasons, after a 20-year drought, and made it to the Sweet 16 the past two years.

NC State finished ranked 22nd in the Final 2018 United Soccer Coaches Poll.

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NC State’s Manny Perez Signs Professional Deal

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NC State Sophomore Manny Perez has officially signed a professional deal with Celtic F.C. of the Scottish Premier League. The contract is a 3.5-year deal. Part of the contract allows for Perez to be loaned back to North Carolina FC of the USL.

Perez earned the ACC Freshman of the Year award in 2017 (2nd NC State player ever), as well as 2nd Team All-ACC honors. He earned 3rd Team All-ACC honors last season.

Celtic F.C. is currently in 1st place, and has won the Scottish Premier League 49 times.

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NC State Women’s Soccer Took Huge Steps Forward in 2018

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The 2018 NC State Women’s Soccer team (11-7-4) closed out their season this past weekend, falling to UCLA (17-3-1) 5-0 in the Sweet 16.

While the Wolfpack would have loved to advance to the Elite Eight for the fist time since 1995, but nonetheless, NC State has much to be proud of in 2018.

  • 3 straight NCAA Tournament appearances for the 1st time since 1994-96 (13th appearance ever).
  • 2 Sweet 16 appearances in the past 3 years (5th time ever).
  • 3rd straight season with 10+ wins for the 1st time since 1994-96.
  • 5 wins/ties over teams ranked in the Top-20.
  • Finished regular season ranked 20th in the RPI.
  • Juniors Tziarra King and Ricci Walkling earned 2nd Team All-ACC honors. King earned 3rd team honors as a Freshman, and 1st Team honors last year. Walkling earned 2nd Team honors last year.

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