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    Senior goalkeeper, Gretchen Lear, will look to lead the Wolfpack past Clemson in the ACC Tournament.
    Senior goalkeeper, Gretchen Lear, will look to lead the Wolfpack past Clemson in the ACC Tournament.
     

    Nov. 5, 2002

    RALEIGH, N.C - The NC State women's soccer team will take the seventh seed heading into the opening round of the ACC Tournament, Thursday, Nov. 7. The Wolfpack will take on the Tigers of Clemson, the No. 2 seed, at noon in Tallahassee, Fla., at Florida State.

    NC State lost to Clemson earlier in the season, 2-0 and is 1-1 against the Tigers in the ACC Tournament. Overall, the Wolfpack is 3-7-3 against the upcoming opponent. In 1998, the Pack lost in the first round to Clemson, 4-1. The victory came in 1994, when NC State hosted the tournament. With a score of 2-1, the Woflpack went on to the semifinal round, but fell to Duke, 1-0.

    The Wolfpack finished the 2002 slate with a 10-7-1 overall record and a 2-4-1 ACC tally. The regular season highlights include a No. 18 rank from Soccer America, after a 2-1 victory over No. 1 North Carolina. In total, the women went 2-2-1 against ranked opponents. In addition to UNC, the Wolfpack defeated No. 23 Maryland, 2-1 in double-overtime. The tie came against No. 7 Wake Forest, as the match ended at 1-1. Finally, the squad's two losses came against No. 21 Florida State with a score of 5-1 and No. 17 Clemson, 2-0.

    Along the way, NC State was led by senior goalkeeper Gretchen Lear. The netminder, finished the regular season with 84 saves, including an ACC and NC State record 19 stops versus North Carolina. She along with the Wolfpack finished second overall in the ACC with total saves. In addition, the team's leading assist maker, sophomore Annika Schmidt helped guide the Pack to a No. 2 ranking in the assists per game category. Schmidt finished the season with nine assists, to add to the team's total of 50. Junior Lindsey Underwood is the ACC's co-leader in game-winning goals with five in 18 games played, which nearly one every two wins. The forward led the team in goals scored with 10 and in points with 25. Senior Adrienne Barnes was next in line with goals as she racked up eight, to go with her six assists.

    Head coach Laura Kerrigan, now in her fifth season as head coach, was named as one of the ACC's 50th Anniversary team members, and was one of seven from NC State. She has accumulated an overall record of 41-45-7 while with the Wolfpack program and is 6-22-5 in ACC contests.

    Should the team defeat Clemson, NC State will take on the winner of No. 3 Virginia and No. 6 Duke on Friday, Nov. 8. The winner of the semifinal will take on the winner of the other two matches between No. 1 North Carolina and No. 8 Wake Forest and No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 Maryland. The championship match is set for Sunday, Nov. 10. The game will be televised live on Regional Sports Network (Comcast, FOX Sports Net South and the Sunshine Network).

     

     

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