Aug. 10, 2012
William & Mary vs. NC State
When: 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11
Where: Dail Soccer Field
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RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's soccer team will open the 2012 season on Saturday in an exhibition game with William & Mary at Dail Soccer Field at 5 p.m.
With the expected high volume of traffic expected on campus all weekend, fans should park in the Reynolds Coliseum Deck, and the easiest route to get to the facility is by coming from Pullen Road to Dunn Ave.
The first full week of pre-season training has built up to Saturday's match against the Tribe. This will be the only tune up for the Wolfpack before getting the regular season underway next Friday at Old Dominion.
NC State will open on the road for the first time since 2005.
The Wolfpack returns six starters and 17 players from a squad that posted a 10-8-2 record in 2011. The six Pack starters include defenders Shelli Spamer and Randi Soldat, and midfielders Reilly Brown, Meagan Proper, Julia Sandridge and Ariela Schreibeis.
Also back in the mix at forward is Jennie Krauser, who sat out last season due to injury, but is expected to provide some scoring punch like she did as a freshman in 2010 with a team-best 14 points on five goals and four assists.
NC State must also replace goal keeper Kim Kern, who started all but one game the last three seasons. Red-shirt sophomore Victoria Hopkins and freshman Madison Shaw are the only two goalies on the 28-player roster for head coach Steve Springthorpe.
William & Mary is the pre-season selection to repeat as Colonial Athletic Association champions in 2012.
Last season, the Tribe capped an impressive 17-3-2 campaign by making the program's 24th NCAA Tournament appearance. The College capped off its NCAA-record 31st straight winning season, and put together an impressive 10-1 CAA mark last season.
This fall, the Green and Gold returns nine starters from a year ago, which includes reigning CAA Player of the Year Mallory Schaffer, who led the league with 40 points and 17 goals en route to being named an All-American in 2011.
NC State returns home on Sunday, Aug. 19 to play Cincinnati at 1 p.m.