Wolfpack Records Fourth Shutout; Defeats Youngstown State 5-0
Sept. 12, 2004
RALEIGH, N.C. -
NC State women's soccer won its fifth straight on Sunday, Sept. 12 with a 5-0 score over Youngstown State in the final match of the Summitt Hospitality Invitational. The Wolfpack has recorded four shutouts on the year. The feet of senior Anna Helenius, who tallied two goals, once again propelled the squad. She has scored twice in each of the last two games. Youngstown State had just one shot to the Pack's 30.
The Wolfpack waited until midway through the first half to score the first of five goals on the day. Senior midfielder Katherine Warman netted NC State's game-winner at 15:58 on the near side. Sophomores Christina Mann and Carol Tognetti combined to send Warman the ball for her score that landed in the lower near corner. Two more goals were scored before the break, both at the feet of Helenius, who has four in the last two games. Her fourth goal of the season came in the 26th minute after sophomore defender Megan Buescher sent the ball through center to the forward who created an open shot from 16 yards out on the far side. The third goal came with just over three minutes remaining in the half, this time off a header on the near side. Freshman Alex Caram tossed the ball from the center of the box to the head of Helenius, who was 10 yards in from the corner of the box.
NC State took 18 shots and held Youngstown without a shot. The Penguins keeper, Mia Railing, who played a spectacular game, had 10 of her 17 saves in the first half. YSU had one corner, while the Pack tallied three.
The second half was just as productive as NC State scored two additional goals, including one from tri-captain Erin Griswold. The senior found the ball after a free kick from sophomore Amy Graul on the far side that went directly to the net. Griswold was waiting to tap it in the bottom corner. And the team's final and fifth goal was earned by freshman Molly Orr. The midfielder had just checked into the game and 25 seconds later scored her first goal of the season. Sophomore Megan Sadler took the corner kick and sent it to junior Lauren Georges near the top of the box.
Georges passed to Orr on the far side, who then sent to the left of the keeper. Youngstown recorded its only shot of the game in the 78th minute. Kara Vezza had open field, but missed to the right of NC State's junior goalkeeper Kim Selz, who dove to make the save, but the ball was too wide.
Freshman forward Allie Wilkerson had four shots, all on goal, while Tognetti led the team with five shots - three on goal and one assist. YSU held NC State at bay, largely in part to the solid play from keeper Railing. She added seven more saves in the second half after facing nine shots on goal. NC State placed 22 of 30 total shots on frame for the match.
NC State will ride a five game winning streak into its first Atlantic Coast Conference match of the season, at Miami, Friday, Sept. 17. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m.