Oct. 30, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's soccer team prepares to host its final match of the 2013 regular season on Thursday night, welcoming the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest to town for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The match will serve as NC State's Senior Night and will be broadcast to a national audience on ESPN3.
On Thursday, State will be honoring Claudel Pilon, Reilly Brown, Kaley Shlaes, Ariela Schreibeis, Randi Soldat, Karri Owens, and Meagan Proper.
In just 17 matches played during the 2013 season, freshman forward Jackie Stengel has made quite an impact. The native of Melbourne, Fla., has scored nine goals to tie for fifth place in NC State's freshman record book with Kara Blosser. Stengel's goal total also ranks well among the Atlantic Coast Conference, as it is currently tied for ninth place.
INCREASING THE PRESSURE
Over the past four matches, NC State has combined to record 43 total shots for an average of 10.8 per game. During this run, the Pack tied a season high with 15 against Clemson on Oct. 13 and then recorded a new season high with 16 against Syracuse on Oct. 20.
THE DIFFERENCE IS KEY
In the midst of a challenging conference schedule, the NC State women's soccer team has still managed to see notable improvement. With one match to play in 2013, the Wolfpack has scored just one less goal than last season while giving up 10 fewer goals.
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NC State matches have been broadcast on television and through online streaming an unprecedented number of times in 2013. State's Oct. 20 match against Syracuse marked the eighth time that a Pack match has been broadcast to a national audience in 2013, breaking prior mark of seven televised contests set in 2012. The Wolfpack's match vs. No. 23 Wake Forest will serve as the ninth time NC State has appeared in front of a national audience this season.
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 134-60-19 record. One of these teams is still undefeated (No. 1 Virginia).
MAKING THEM COUNT
When NC State lines up a shot, chances are it is going to be on target. More than 50 percent of the Wolfpack's shots have resulted in goals or saves this season, compared to just 42.6 percent for its opponents.
Heading into Sunday's match vs. No. 23 Wake Forest, senior defender Randi Soldat has appeared in 70 matches, the most of any active Wolfpack student-athlete. Soldat, an electrical engineering major, has played in 1,579 of a possible 1,620 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.
SCOUTING THE DEMON DEACONS
-Wake Forest enters Thursday's match the owner of a 10-5-2 record which includes a 5-5-2 mark in ACC play
-The Demon Deacons have maintained a very stout defense, allowing just 15 goals (0.88 per match) this season
-Riley Ridgik is the team's leading scorer with nine goals. She is one of four student-athletes on the team to have scored four times or more this season
-Aubrey Bledsoe is the only Demon Deacon to have played in goal this season. She has made 65 saves and recorded six shutouts on the year
NC STATE - WAKE FOREST SERIES HISTORY
-Thursday's match will serve as the 22nd all-time meeting between NC State and Wake Forest
-Wake Forest holds a 15-5-1 lead in the all-time series