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

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The 2018 NC State Men’s Soccer season came to an end Sunday in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament, falling to #15 Maryland 2-0. It was truly a dominating performance by the Terrapins, piling 12 shots on the Wolfpack, compared to their 1.

Despite the loss, NC State continued to make huge steps in the right direction in 2018.

  • Finished with a 10-7-2 record, marking the first time the Wolfpack have won 10+ games since 2012.
  • Back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since 1991-92.
  • Won first NCAA Tournament game since 1994, defeating Campbell 4-1.
  • Undefeated at home (8-0-3).
  • Sophomore David Loera was the 1st NC State player to earn 1st Team All-ACC honors since 2012. Sophomore Manny Perez earned 3rd Team All-ACC honors, after earning 2nd Team  honors last year.

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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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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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