No. 13 Georgetown Slips Past NC State
Sep 4, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C.- The NC State women's soccer team had advantages in shots and corner kicks early but 13th-ranked Georgetown found the net twice in the second half to down the Wolfpack 2-0 on Wednesday night.
After 45 minutes, neither team had scored on seven shots. However, NC State had the better possessions and a 6-0 edge in corner kicks. That included a flurry that saw the Wolfpack earn four corner kicks during a span of 2:36.
"For me, this was our first measurement, and I'm happy with the way we played," head coach Tim Santorosaid. "We have played good teams, but nothing like them. And I think we played them toe-to-toe. In the first half, we had the better chances. We just came up empty."
The night changed when Georgetown's Audra Ayotte, the team's leading scorer, found an opening down the left wing and beat the NCSU defense to score at the 59:10 mark. Down 1-0, North Carolina State had to open up and pressure more, leaving its back line more vulnerable. Santoro said the game changes when a team goes down 1-0, but he liked the pressure his offense was able to generate.
"Down a goal, we still had very good chances," the first-year Wolfpack coach said.
Perhaps the best opportunity to score by NCSU came in the 71st minute. GU keeper Emma Newins fumbled a loose ball, allowing Jackie Stengela clear opportunity. The Hoyas recovered and NCSU had narrowly missed the equalizer when the net was temporarily empty.
Moments later, Georgetown (5-0-0) capitalized on a foul call that resulted in a crafty scoring maneuver. After the Wolfpack was whistled for a foul just outside the box, GU's Kaitlin Brenn quickly placed the ball down and kicked to an open Sarah Adams. Adams buried the shot to provide the final scoring margin.
"I'm disappointed with the result, but pleased with our performance and effort," Santoro said. "This was a life lesson for us and we'll continue to get better."
Wolfpack women's soccer returns to action Sunday, Sept. 8 when it hosts UNC-Wilmington at 1 p.m.