Sept. 13, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The opening night of ACC play didn’t go as planned for the NC State women’s soccer team in falling 4-0 at No. 8/5 Virginia at Klockner Stadium.
The game was featured on FOX Soccer as the NSCAA Game of the Week, and it was anyone’s game until Virginia received two goals from Caroline Miller in a span of 86 seconds in the early portion of the second half that sealed the eighth-straight victory for the Cavaliers.
NC State (5-4, 0-1 ACC) made a pair of changes to its starting forwards by inserting freshmen Caroline Gentry and Brittany Stanko into the opening lineup.
Gentry had the Wolfpack’s best scoring chance of the evening when her shot from 18 yards went off the cross bar at the 15:21 mark. Had her shot gone in the net it would have tied the game after the Cavaliers scored in the eighth minute to take an early 1-0 advantage.
Stanko got a head on a cross in the 24th minute that was hauled in by Virginia keeper Danielle DeLisle.
NC State had one final look in the waning seconds of the first half when UVa was whistled for a hand ball just outside its own 18. Sophomore defender Shelli Spamer rushed in from her back line and rifled a low screamer along the ground that DeLisle was able to find among the sea of bodies.
Virginia (8-1, 1-0 ACC) added a goal from Kate Norbo in the 72nd minute to make it 4-0.
NC State keeper Victoria Hopkins made six saves, while DeLisle had four saves for the clean sheet.
The Wolfpack visits Virginia Tech, another team ranked in the top-10, on Sunday at 1 p.m., in Blacksburg, Va.