Oct. 20, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. - Tanya Cain scored 6:52 into overtime to give NC State a 2-1 victory over Clemson Thursday night at Dail Soccer Field.
The victory keeps the Wolfpack's chances alive of making the ACC Tournament, as the club improves to 10-6-2, 1-5-2 in the ACC. NC State will need wins in its last two games at Boston College on Sunday and home to Duke next Thursday to have a chance to compete in the league's postseason tournament.
Clemson took an early 1-0 lead in the 18th minute when Maddy Elder scored her team-leading seventh goal of the year. She took a cross from Rachel Hurd and one-touched a shot into the net at 17:48 of the first half.
Just over seven minutes into second-half action, senior Kristina Argiroff got a head on a corner kick from freshman Shelli Spamer, but Clemson goalie Lauren Arnold was in the right place at the right time to make a miraculous save.
NC State finally got on the board in the middle stages of the second stanza when Spamer ripped a bending shot that nestled into the lower-left corner from about 25 yards.
Her second goal of the season tied the game 1-all at 63:05.
The Wolfpack was active after intermission, compiling 15 shots and seven corner kicks over the final 51:52 of the match.
Clemson had a great look at scoring early in the extra session for what would have been its first league win of the year, but Vanessa Laxgang missed a wide open net.
Moments later freshman Stephanie Bronson unleashed an incredible through ball that Cain grabbed onto and she chipped in an easy shot over the keeper for her sixth goal of the campaign.
Arnold made eight saves for Clemson, while Kim Kern made four stops for the Wolfpack.
The Tigers lost their 11th consecutive match, falling to 5-11, 0-9 in the ACC.
NC State has 10 wins in a season for the first time since 2002, and has also played in five overtime matches, the most since playing in eight during the 1999 season.
Sunday's game at Boston College begins at 1 p.m.