Stengel's Last-Minute Goal Gives NC State 3-2 Win Over Longwood
Aug 25, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – In just her second collegiate game, freshman Jackie Stengel provided last-minute heroics, scoring on a header with 44 seconds remaining in regulation, to lift NC State to a 3-2 home-opening victory over Longwood on Sunday evening at Dail Soccer Stadium.
Stengel, who also scored the go-ahead goal in her collegiate debut at Navy just two nights prior, found herself in the center of Longwood’s penalty area when redshirt junior Jennie Krauser sent a cross from the right wing into her vicinity. The Melbourne, Fla., native put her head on the ball, directed it past Lancer goalkeeper Shelby Hall and into the back of the net to put the Wolfpack ahead, 3-2.
“It was a brave challenge by Jackie,” said head coach Tim Santoro. “She did something extra to help us win the game. It’s good to see the team show some fight. There were some great individual efforts in creating that last goal.”
The first half saw both sides come up short on handfuls of scoring opportunities, as the Wolfpack and Lancers both recorded four shots on goal. The Pack held a 6-1 advantage on corner kicks in the period, but the score remained tied, 0-0, at the intermission.
The second half provided an explosion of offense, which started with a goal by junior Jessica Baity, who drilled a shot from the Lancers’ 18 yard-line that found the back of the net in the 63rd minute. Longwood (0-2) countered with the first of two goals by Gina D’Orazio, just over six minutes after Baity’s goal, to tie the match, 1-1.
NC State (2-0) was the recipient of a penalty kick in the 78th minute after Stengel was fouled deep in the Lancers’ penalty area, and junior Shelli Spamer ripped the free shot into the left corner of the net to give the Pack a 2-1 advantage.
Longwood would not go away that easily however, as the Lancers immediately applied immense pressure to the Wolfpack’s defensive line. D’Orazio found a window of opportunity just beyond the top of NC State’s box and deflected a shot off a crowd of players in front of the net, causing the ball to generate incredible spin. As Pack goalkeeper Karly Gustafson ranged to her right, the ball trickled in the opposite direction before squirming into the inside pocket of the goal, tying the match, 2-2, with just under 10 minutes left in regulation.
It was almost nine minutes later that senior midfielder Randi Soldat hustled a ball into Longwood’s territory and fed a pass to Krauser that she was able to cross in to Stengel, who headed in the game-winner
Both teams finished the night with 12 shots each, while the Wolfpack held a 9-3 advantage on corner kicks. Gustafson made five saves for the Pack.
NC State will return to action next Friday, Aug. 30 when it hosts Georgia Southern at 7 p.m. The Wolfpack will then host East Tennessee State on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.