Oct. 2, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State women’s soccer team is back on the road this week, traveling north for a Thursday-evening showdown at Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Maryland. The Wolfpack and Terrapins will kick off from Ludwig Field in College Park, Md., beginning at 7 p.m.
NC State (6-6-0, 1-5-0 ACC) is coming off a very close home defeat to Boston College on Sunday afternoon. The Wolfpack fought back from an early 2-0 deficit to tie the match up on Brittany Stanko’s goal in the 56th minute, but a hat trick completed in the 60th minute by the Eagles’ McKenzie Meehan proved to be a little too much to overcome.
The Wolfpack has recorded nearly twice as many assists as its opponents this season (20-13). NC State is averaging 0.95 assists per goal this season while limiting opposing teams to just 0.65.
Heading into Thursday’s match at Maryland, senior defender Randi Soldat has appeared in 63 matches, the most of an active Wolfpack student-athlete. Soldat, an electrical engineering major, has played in 1,024 of a possible 1,080 minutes in 2013. The only player on the team who has seen more time on the field is freshman forward Jackie Stengel, who has played 1,040 minutes.
HOPING FOR HOME COOKING
Following the team’s Oct. 10 match at rival North Carolina, the Wolfpack closes out the 2013 regular season with four of its final five matches at home. NC State will host Clemson (Oct. 13), Virginia (Oct. 17), Syracuse (Oct. 20), and Wake Forest (Oct. 31) at Dail Soccer Field.
SCORING AT WILL
Freshman forward Jackie Stengel has been an incredible offensive force for the Wolfpack this season, scoring eight goals in 12 matches. This currently ranks her tied for sixth place among freshmen in program history.
LENDING A HELPING FOOT
Junior defender Shelli Spamer recorded two assists during Sunday’s match against Boston College, tying for the team lead with five on the season. Spamer’s 40-yard free kick found the head of teammate Caroline Gentry in the 42nd minute and she was able to direct the ball onto the foot of the goal-bound Brittany Stanko in the 57th minute.
NC State has seen a significant improvement in its RPI position from the end of the 2012 season to now. The Wolfpack ended last season with an RPI mark of 188 and currently sits 56th among the 327 teams in NCAA Division I soccer.
SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS
-Maryland enters Thursday’s match the owner of a 6-5 record which includes a 2-3 mark in ACC play
-The Terrapins lost their most recent game, falling by a final score of 1-0 at No. 1 Virginia on Sunday
-Maryland has done a good job of defending its home turf this season, as the Terrapins are 5-1 at Ludwig Field
-The Terrapins have been especially effective in the second half of matches this season, outscoring their opponents 12-7 in the final 45 minutes
-Haley Brock leads the team offensively this season with eight goals and 19 points. She has hit 39 shots on target this year, with the next highest total from a teammate being 21
-Rachel Beanlands is the team’s leading goalkeeper with 44 saves. She has posted a goals-against average of 1.35 and a save percentage of .759 en route to earning a 6-5 record
NC STATE - MARYLAND SERIES HISTORY
-Thursday’s match will mark the 32nd all-time meeting between NC State and Maryland
-NC State holds a 14-11-6 edge in the all-time series