Aug. 28, 2014
Match 3 - No. 20 Georgetown | @PackWSoccer | Gametracker
RALEIGH – Following a 1-1 weekend to open the 2014 season, the NC State women’s soccer team returns to action this Friday afternoon on the road at No. 20 Georgetown.
Friday’s match will be State’s second straight contest against a ranked foe and will be the first of a two-match weekend trip, as the Pack will travel to former Atlantic Coast Conference foe Maryland on Sunday.
A WIN ON FRIDAY WOULD...
-Be the 321st win in program history
-Improve head coach Tim Santoro’s non-conference record to 7-2
-Be Santoro’s second win over a ranked foe
-Be NC State’s first win over Georgetown (second meeting)
SCOUTING THE HOYAS -Georgetown enters Friday’s match the owner of a 1-0-1 record and the No. 20 ranking in the NCAA. -Last weekend, the Hoyas won at San Diego before playing to a scoreless draw at Long Beach State. -Forward Vanessa Skrumbis leads the team with two goals so far this season. -The Hoyas finished the 2013 season with a 16-3-2 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Friday’s match will mark the second all-time meeting between NC State and Georgetown. The Hoyas hold a 1-0 lead in the series. The teams last met on Sept. 4 of the 2013 season in Raleigh. Then ranked No. 14, the Hoyas picked up a 2-0 win.
Starting goalkeeper Mackenzie Stelljes had a strong match against the No. 11 Pilots, making four important saves in the close loss. She also had a hand in the Wolfpack’s goal, providing an assist on freshman Kayla Saager’s 82nd-minute tally. Stelljes passed the ball upfield to Brittany Stanko, who fed it to the goalscorer.
All three of NC State’s goals to start the 2014 season have come in the final 30 minutes of matches. Two of these three have come in the 82nd minute or later.
NC State’s freshman class has been very highly regarded, and the first weekend of the 2014 season was proof of this. Six freshmen appeared in the Wolfpack’s two matches and all three goals scored by the team came from first-year students.
U20 WORLD CUP CHAMPION
Freshman defender Franziska Jaser was a part of the German Women’s National Team’s championship run at the 2014 U20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. In the final match on Aug. 24, Germany defeated Nigeria in extra time by a final score of 1-0. Jaser joined the Pack in Raleigh during the week of Aug. 25.
YOU SURE SHE’S A FRESHMAN?
Freshman Annah Lindberg had an incredible career debut for the Wolfpack in the win over UNCW. The Virginia native found the back of the net in the 66th and 88th minutes to guide NC State to a 2-1 win.