RALEIGH, N.C. – Following an exciting road conference win at Pittsburgh, the NC State University women’s soccer team gets back in action Thursday night against Atlantic Coast Conference foe Miami. The Wolfpack and Hurricanes will kick off from Cobb Stadium at 7 p.m.
In its last match action, NC State (6-2, 1-1 ACC) largely controlled a scoreless 89 minutes in its first ACC contest of the season at Pittsburgh before freshman forward Jackie Stengel (Melbourne, Fla.) made a great play to free herself from a defender and score with just 53 seconds remaining. The Wolfpack was able to hold on for the win, keeping a perfect record against Pittsburgh in the all-time series (two meetings).
AT HOME ON THE ROAD NC State is one match into its longest road trip of the season. Following Thursday’s match at Miami, the Wolfpack will travel to play No. 3 Florida State on Sunday. State is a perfect 2-0 away from Dail Soccer Field in 2013, having beaten Navy (Aug. 23) and Pittsburgh (Sept. 15).
WOLFPACK TRADITION NC State’s Sept. 8 win over UNCW marked the 600th match in NC State program history. The Wolfpack has won 318 matches since the program’s first season began in 1984.
SCORING AT WILL Freshman forward Jackie Stengel has been an incredible offensive force for the Wolfpack this season, scoring six goals in eight matches. This currently ranks tied for second place in the ACC, just one goal behind Maryland’s Haley Brock. As of the official NCAA statistics release on Sept. 17, Stengel ranks 28th in the country in total goals scored.
SEVEN TO THE GOOD Through the first eight matches of the 2013 season, NC State has posted a +7 goal differential, scoring 17 goals while allowing just 10.
THE SHOT STOPS HERE Despite having played just six matches, Mackenzie Stelljes ranks tied atop the ACC in goalkeeper saves. The redshirt freshman has made 30 stops in six matches, averaging five saves per contest. Stelljes also ranks third in the league with her impressive .833 save percentage.
LATE HEROICS With Sept. 15’s match at Pittsburgh seemingly destined for overtime, freshman forward Jackie Stengel scored in the 90th minute to give the Wolfpack its first ACC win of the season. The goal came with just 53 seconds remaining in the match and gave NC State its first ACC victory since Oct. 20, 2011.
SCOUTING THE HURRICANES -Miami enters Thursday’s match the owner of a 5-2 record which includes an 0-2 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play -The Hurricanes went unbeaten through their non-conference slate, defeating Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Cleveland State, and Florida Atlantic -Miami has lost both of its ACC matches to this point in the season, falling to then No. 12 Duke (3-0) and then No. 7 Wake Forest (4-0) -Miami lost in overtime during the first round of last year’s ACC Tournament, falling to Maryland by a final score of 2-1. The Hurricanes then lost to Central Florida (1-1, penalties) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament -Ashley Flinn is the team’s leading goal scorer at six goals this season. She is currently tied for second in the ACC in this category -Emily Lillard is the leading goalkeeper on the squad, having appeared in 11 matches. She has allowed 11 goals, made 22 saves, and posted one shutout this season with a 2-2 record
NC STATE - MIAMI SERIES HISTORY -Thursday’s match will be the 10th all-time meeting between NC State and Miami -NC State trails in the all-time series, 3-4-2