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    Women's Soccer Defeats Liberty for Third-Straight Win
     
    Senior goalkeeper Gretchen Lear (pictured) and freshman Lauren Georges stopped two Liberty shots in the Wolfpack's 3-0 win on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
    Senior goalkeeper Gretchen Lear (pictured) and freshman Lauren Georges stopped two Liberty shots in the Wolfpack's 3-0 win on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
     

    Sept. 17, 2002

    Box Score

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's soccer team defeated Liberty, 3-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Method Road Soccer Stadium. The victory was the third-straight triumph for the Wolfpack.

    The women put the ball in the net early to provide some cushion for the Wolfpack in the first half. In a matter of six minutes, the first goal found the net. Junior Lindsey Underwood connected on a pass from senior Lindsey Rosen to ink the game-winning goal. Just over four minutes later, junior Katherine Warman tallied her third season goal after a strong push by seniors Rachel Durr and Melissa Presley. The score remained 2-0 heading into halftime. After four minutes had ticked off the clock, sophomore Annika Schmidt inked her third goal of the season and the second in two games. Pressley again provided the ammo, earning her second assist on the night. Liberty made a push at the end of the match as it took advantage of its two corner kick opportunities. As the Flames' Sarah Foster wrapped the ball in front of the net her teammates connected twice, placing one in the hands of NC State's Lauren Georges. The freshman entered the game for 12 minutes, making her first career appearance. Senior Gretchen Lear started in the net for the Wolfpack and tallied one save as well, recording her second shutout of the season.

    Overall, the match weighed heavily on the Wolfpack side, as the women recorded 23 shots to four from Liberty. NC State placed pressure on both of Liberty's keepers, Christie Goodman-Williams and Natalie Mayer, as it took a total of 15 shots on goal. The two netminders combined for 12 saves. Freshman Erin Ardler led the attack with three shots, all on goal.

     

     

    As a result of the victory, the women improved to 4-2-0 overall. The momentum continues this Saturday, Sept. 21, as NC State hosts South Carolina at 2 p.m. The Gamecocks recently defeated College of Charleston with a 3-1 score. Currently South Carolina owns an overall record of 4-2-0.

    Head Coach Laura Kerrigan's Thoughts on the Match
    "Today we really created some very good scoring opportunities for ourselves from all sides of the field. We saw some good performances from all the players. The starters got the game going in the first 15 minutes with their two quick goals."

    Thoughts on the Three-Match Winning Streak
    "We love to play at home and it certainly is to our advantage to have a supportive crowd. It made a difference today. Of course we need to look ahead to South Carolina this Saturday. They are a physical and solid team from the SEC. It will be a battle when we meet."

    Game Summary

    1 2 F Liberty 0 0 0 NC State 2 1 3

    Scoring Summary

    NC State: Underwood (Rosen), 6:00

    NC State: Warman (Durr, Pressley), 10:22

    NC State: Schmidt (Pressley), 49:04

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