Women's Soccer Draws with Wyoming
RALEIGH, N.C. – After heavy rainfall caused the NC State women’s soccer match to be moved to SAS Soccer Stadium, the Wolfpack finished in a scoreless draw with Wyoming Friday night. Both team battled hard the entire 110 minutes, as the Pack (2-0-1) won the shot tally 15-8. For the second season in a row, NC State has started with three shutouts to open the year after goalkeeper Megan Connors recorded six saves on the day, her highest of the season. This is Conners’ 12th career shutout.
“We did a good job controlling the ball,” said NC State head coach Laura Kerrigan. “Unfortunately we missed a lot of scoring opportunities, especially since Wyoming was fighting hard. We couldn’t finish and it was disappointing. We moved the ball and possessed it well. We just couldn’t convert.”
The Wolfpack dominated offensively by outshooting the Cowgirls 5-3 in the first half. Freshman Chantalle Dugas set the stage with a solid shot just three minutes into the match. However, goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard stepped up and made the save. A minute had barely passed when junior Jessica O’Rourke posted her first of five shots of the game. With 28 minutes left in the half, Wyoming defender Christina Best had the team’s first scoring attempt, but Connors easily reached it for the save.
The second half of the game continued with the Pack still controlling on offense, as sophomore Tami Krzeszewski netted a shot in the 42nd minute. Later on, both Dugas and O’Rourke attempted to head the ball past the Cowgirl’s goalkeeper, but Sheppard’s quick hands prevented the red and white from scoring. Wyoming’s one shot of the second half was made at the very end, as Amanda Lathrop attempted to finish the game, but came up short due to another save by Connors.
Both overtimes were filled with scoring opportunities for NC State and Wyoming. O’Rourke made two attempts in the last two minutes of the first overtime, but the Cowgirls were able to move the ball away from their net. The tie was almost broken near the end of the second overtime when freshman Gia Cipollini passed the ball across the field to sophomore Mallory Schmidt. The midfielder knocked it in with two seconds left. However, an offside call against the Pack prevented the goal from counting, leaving the final score 0-0.
NC State hosts Elon on Sunday, September 3, at 1 p.m. at Method Road Soccer Stadium.