Aug. 1, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - The 2012 NC State women's soccer team began its preseason training schedule bright-and-early Wednesday morning at the new Wolfpack Training Center (WTC).
The Wolfpack is led by fourth-year head coach Steve Springthorpe. State is coming off its best record since 2002 when the club recorded a 10-8-2 slate in 2011, and competed for an NCAA Tournament bid right down to the final game of the season.
The Wolfpack return a total of 17 players from last year's club and six starters.
Preseason conditioning will continue for the next 10 days leading up to the exhibition game against William & Mary on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 5 p.m., from Dail Soccer Field.
NC State is led by 2012 team captain Meagan Proper, the only fourth-year player on the club, who is listed as a red-shirt junior on the roster. The other five returning starters are juniors Randi Soldat, Ariela Schreibeis, red-shirt sophomore Reilly Brown and sophomores Julia Sandridge and ACC All-Freshman team honoree Shelli Spamer.
Spamer showed off her talents in 2011 as a fine two-way player who was a force on the back line starting all 20 games as a rookie, but also stands as the clubs top-returning scorer with eight points on two goals and four assists.
Sandridge, who controls the ball in the midfield for State, also put two balls in the back of the net as a freshman to go along with seven total points.
Other returning players for the Wolfpack include juniors Karri Owens, Kaley Shlaes and Lauren Woodson, red-shirt sophomores Victoria Hopkins, Jennie Krauser, Morgan Phipps and Claudel Pilon, sophomores Jessica Baity, Kasey Koballa and Cheyenne Spade and red-shirt freshman Rachel Harris.
NC State welcomes a large recruiting class in 2012 that includes Shannon Cleaver, Shannon Colligan, Caroline Gentry, Maryalice McKenna, Michelle Oestreich, Sydney Sawaya, Madison Shaw, Brittany Stanko, Dayna Tomayko and Sharon Wojcik.
The 2012 season will officially kick off on Friday, Aug. 17 at Old Dominion at 7 p.m., in Norfolk, Va. NC State will have 10 home tilts that feature non-league matches with Cincinnati, The Citadel, Elon, Appalachian State and Boston University.
For the first time in school history, the Pack will host Duke and North Carolina at home in the same season. The Blue Devils come to town on Oct. 11, while UNC plays in Raleigh on Oct. 25 in the regular-season finale.
The other three league matches are against Miami, Florida State and Maryland.