Oct. 12, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State women’s soccer team returns home this weekend to host Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Clemson Sunday at Dail Soccer Field. The Wolfpack and Tigers will kick off beginning at 1 p.m.
Sunday’s match will be broadcast live on GoPack All Access. It will also serve as Y-Guide Day at Dail Soccer Field. Every Y-Guide and his or her parents will receive free admission to the match.
NC State’s losses in 2013 have come against very difficult opposition. The teams which have defeated the Wolfpack this season have combined to accumulate a 74-22-8 record. Two of these teams are still undefeated (No. 3 Florida State and No. 6 Georgetown).
HEARTY HOME STAND
The Wolfpack will end the 2013 regular season with four of its final five contests at home. Following Sunday’s match against Clemson, NC State will host No. 1 Virginia (Oct. 17), Syracuse (Oct. 20), and Wake Forest (Oct. 31).
MAKING THEM COUNT
When NC State lines up a shot, chances are it is going to be on target. Nearly 52 percent of the Wolfpack’s shots have resulted in goals or saves this season, compared to just 42 percent for its opponents.
Heading into Sunday’s match against Clemson, senior defender Randi Soldat has appeared in 65 matches, the most of any active Wolfpack student-athlete. Soldat, an electrical engineering major, has played in 1,199 of a possible 1,260 minutes in 2013. No player has spent more time on the field this season.
SHARING THE BALL
Five NC State student-athletes have recorded two or more assists in 2013. Shelli Spamer and Meagan Proper are tied for the team lead with five apiece while Brittany Stanko (2), Jessica Baity (2), and Jennie Krauser (2) have also had a knack for setting up teammates to score.
Freshman goalkeeper Karly Gustafson made a career-high 10 saves on Oct. 3 at Maryland. In addition to being the most saves she’s made in a single match, it also marked the highest single-match total for the Wolfpack in 2013.
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 66th among the 327 teams in NCAA Division I soccer.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
-Clemson enters Sunday’s match the owner of a 6-4-3 record which includes a 3-3-1 mark in ACC play
-The Tigers are currently on a two-match losing streak, falling in overtime to No. 12 Florida State and by a final score of 3-0 to No. 1 Virginia
-Clemson has outscored its opponents 26-11 in 2013, but 14 of those 26 goals came in a shutout non-conference victory over Alabama A&M on Sept. 22
-The Tigers boast a very balanced offensive attack, as 10 different student-athletes have scored goals this season. Vanessa Laxgang leads the way with five
-Clemson is a team which has started hot to begin matches this year, as the Tigers have outshot foes 117-48 in the first half
NC STATE - CLEMSON SERIES HISTORY
-Sunday’s match will mark the 25th all-time meeting between NC State and Clemson
-Clemson holds a 14-6-4 advantage in the all-time series
-The last time the Wolfpack played the Tigers in Raleigh, NC State picked up a 2-1 win on Oct. 20 of the 2011 season