Aug. 17, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. - Despite a commanding 26-12 advantage in shots, the NC State women's soccer team lost 2-0 at Old Dominion in the season opener for both clubs Friday night at ODU Soccer Stadium.
The Wolfpack penetrated the Monarchs defense all evening long - coming up with 10 shots in the first half, and 16 more in the second half - but according to head coach Steve Springthorpe not enough of those were good scoring chances.
"It was a matter of not finishing and taking advantage of the good opportunities that we had chances at scoring," said Springthorpe. "The bottomed line is we didn't generate enough quality goal scoring opportunities."
Freshman Caroline Gentry was very active in her collegiate debut, coming up with a match-leading six shots in 90 minutes.
State never let up the entire contest, and had good scoring opportunities all the way up to the final whistle, including a header from sophomore Shelli Spamer in the 89th minute.
ODU keeper Brianna Alvarado came up with one of her five saves on the Spamer header to keep the clean sheet intact for the Monarchs.
Ashlee Coutu broke a scoreless tie in the 28th minute with a marker off an assist from Taylor Mertz.
Mertz tallied her first of the season just 1:02 into the second half to make it 2-0.
Redshirt sophomore Victoria Hopkins made her first collegiate start in net and came up with five saves.
The loss snaps a three-game winning streak in the series for NC State, and ODU picks up just its second win in eight chances against the Wolfpack.
"Credit goes to ODU," said Springthorpe. "They did a good job of finishing their opportunities. We need to work on a few things and get better for Sunday."
NC State hosts Cincinnati on Sunday at Dail Soccer Field beginning at 1 p.m.