NC State lost a close 2-1 decision to No. 11 Portland on Sunday, Aug. 24.
As a sophomore (2015): Changed her number from 28 to 23.
As a freshman (2014): Played in six matches during her freshman season, seeing the field against UNC Wilmington (Aug. 22), Georgetown (Aug. 29), Western Carolina (Sept. 11), Virginia (Oct. 12), Florida State (Oct. 26), and Clemson (Nov. 1) ... Played a total of 121 minutes throughout the season ... Played a season-high 39 minutes at Virginia.
Prior to NC State: Has played club soccer for VSA Heat 96 Blue since 2009 ... Club team was Virginia State Cup Champions (2010, 2012), a Region 1 finalist (2012), and a State Cup finalist (2011) ... Club team played in the Region 1 Premier League during the 2011 and 2012 seasons and also participated in the USYS National League from 2011-12 ... Her high school team posted a 23-1-1 record during the 2012-13 season ... While playing for Battlefield High School, her teams were district champions (2011), regional champions (2011 and 2012), and state semi-finalists (2011) ... Also participated in indoor track and field (2010 and 2011) and AAU basketball (2005-08) ... Has achieved an impressive 3.7 grade-point average in high school.
Personal: Majoring in Psychology.
Coach Santoro's take: "Like a lot of her class, Karina can play in various spots. She's very comfortable both in the midfield and in back, likes to have the ball at her feet, and plays the game in a simple manner. Karina will thrive in this environment and is someone who I expect will develop into a solid contributor."