NC State Women's Soccer Falls in Exhibition Play at UNCG
Aug 17, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The NC State women’s soccer team fell, 3-2, to UNC Greensboro Saturday evening in exhibition play at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.
"It's disappointing to lose, but we were able to give 17 players a chance to play and used a lot of different combinations," said head coach Tim Santoro after his first game at the helm of the program. "Our first 11 controlled the game and was good for the 30 minutes they played together. That was a positive. All the things that went wrong we'll fix."
Senior midfielder Kaley Shlaes put the Wolfpack ahead, 1-0, in the 32nd minute off a loose ball inside the Spartans’ box, but UNCG evened the score just 25 seconds later with a goal of its own. Those two tallies marked the only goals in the half, but NC State proved to be the aggressor in outshooting UNCG, 10-3, in the period.
With the contest tied 1-1 at the break, the Spartans struck twice in the first 20 minutes of the second half with goals off of a pair of headers in the 49th and 55th minutes to take a 3-1 lead.
The Pack responded in the 69th minute when junior Shelli Spamer found the back of the net after a well-placed corner kick by redshirt senior Meagan Proper was fired past the UNCG goalkeeper. The final 21 minutes of the game produced several scoring opportunities, but the Wolfpack was unable to tie up the match before the final whistle.
For the game, NC State outshot UNCG, 17-12 and held an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.
The Wolfpack will open its 2013 regular-season schedule next Friday, August 23 when it travels to Annapolis, Md., for a non-conference tilt against Navy at 7 p.m.