Women's Soccer Outlasts Navy, 3-2, in Season Opener
Aug 23, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The NC State women's soccer team used a three-goal surge in the first 19 minutes of the second half to collect a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Navy in head coach Tim Santoro's first game Friday evening.
The Wolfpack had a pair of scoring chances in the first 20 minutes of play, but the Midshipmen were able to collect a loose ball deep inside NC State territory. Navy was first to reach the loose ball and pushed it to the right wing before a cross into the box found the head of Navy midfielder Kaylie Davidson and reached the back of the net to give the Midshipmen a 1-0 advantage in the 33rd minute - a lead it would keep for the remainder of the first half.
The Pack put three shots on goal in the first period, while Navy's goal was its only shot on net.
NC State wasted little time getting itself back into the game at the start of the second half, as the Wolfpack put up two goals within the first 12 minutes following the intermission.
After a Navy foul directly on the midfield line, junior defender Shelli Spamer sent a strong line-drive into the box that sophomore striker Caroline Gentry spun backwards off her head and past an over-pursuing Midshipmen goalkeeper to tie the game, 1-1, in the 54th minute.
Just two minutes later, NC State capitalized on a fast break where junior midfielder Jessica Baity sent an entry pass into the box from the right wing. Freshman striker Jackie Stengel beat the goalkeeper with one touch off Baity's pass to record her first-collegiate goal in her first-collegiate game.
The Pack was not done with its flurry of goals however, as NC State continued to apply pressure to Navy's defense. Running with numbers, sophomore midfielder Brittany Stanko sent a ball from the right wing into the box, where a Midshipmen defender caught a large piece of the cross that resulted in an own-goal to extend the Wolfpack's lead to 3-1 at the 63-minute mark.
The Midshipmen had several scoring chances over the next 20-plus minutes, before it sent a one-hopper from the right side into the heart of NC State's defense. That cross was tapped in by Navy`s Lily Kraemer with six minutes remaining in regulation to cut the Pack's lead to just one.
The Pack would use a pair of defensive clears to run out the clock and seal the victory.
NC State will host its home opener Sunday, Aug. 25 at Dail Soccer Stadium when it takes on Longwood. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.