Women's Soccer Displays Strong Effort in Win over UMBC
RALEIGH, N.C. The NC State women’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to four games with a 3-1 victory over UMBC in the first-ever meeting between the two schools at Method Road Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Junior Lindsay Vera broke a scoreless tie in the 35th minute with her team-leading fifth goal of the season. She struck a loose ball into the lower-right corner for the 1-0 lead.
Less than a minute later Kara Baldy nearly copied Vera’s prior effort as she picked up her first collegiate goal at the 35:11 mark of the first half. Baldy, a local product from Raleigh, one-timed a bounding ball into the net from 17-yards out.
NC State (3-1-2) took its 2-0 advantage to the locker room at halftime.
Sophomore Katie Ruiz added her first goal at State in a very unique way. The free and corner kick specialist for the Pack lined up from some 55-yards out and lofted a set piece high into the box that took one giant bounce and went over the UMBC keeper for an improbable goal and a 3-0 lead in the 54th minute.
The Retrievers (1-5-1), who were playing their second match in as many days after tying at Richmond on Saturday, got a late goal by Morgan Warrington in the 83rd minute.
Sophomore keeper Sydney Little played the first half and made two saves. Freshman Rachel Barnette played the second half and made one save.
Retriever keeper Christine Bacinski came up with four saves in 90 minutes of work.
Ruiz and the Wolfpack owned a commanding 10-0 advantage in corner kicks. The Pack also held a comfortable 17-6 advantage in shots.
NC State visits Elon on Thursday at Rudd Field at 7 pm.