Aug. 19, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. - Wearing black jerseys for the first time in school history, NC State opened the 2011 season with a 1-0 victory over VCU Friday night from Dail Soccer Field.
Senior captain Tanya Cain took just over 26 minutes into her final season with the Pack to find the back of the net. Her one-timer off a cross from Meagan Proper gave the home team a 1-0 advantage it would never relinquish.
Freshman Julie Sandridge got a starting nod in the midfield and showed her skills almost immediately as she chipped a ball over the VCU back line that Proper was able to take hold off. She took two dribbles and sent a cross speeding across the ground that Cain ran onto and scored sliding towards the goal line.
VCU had one early opportunity in the fourth minute of play, but the Wolfpack defense buckled down and only allowed two more shots the entire opening 45 minutes.
The Wolfpack had plenty of room to operate in the middle of the field during the first half, allowing the club to compile nine shots by intermission. Cain and freshman Stephanie Bronson each forced Rams keeper Kristin Carden to make a save early in the game.
The second half saw VCU control a little more of play, but senior keeper Kim Kern was able to keep the visitors at bay all night long.
The Raleigh native raced off her line in the 80th minute to squash a VCU attack. She also came up with a big stop in the final minute to preserve her 11th career clean sheet.
NC State hosts Navy on Sunday at 1 p.m.