Wolfpack Women's Soccer Blanks ETSU, 3-0, For Second Straight Shutout
Sep 1, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State women’s soccer team recorded its second straight shutout, as it defeated East Tennessee State, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at Dail Soccer Stadium.
Making just her second-career start, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mackenzie Stelljes posted her second shutout in as many games and made five saves for the Pack. Stelljes made two saves in the team’s 4-0 victory over Georgia Southern on Friday evening.
“It’s a good start to the season,” said Stelljes. “It’s nice to get some shutouts early in the season and boost our confidence.”
First-year head coach Tim Santoro’s squad improved to 4-0 on the season, and was equally pleased with the team’s defensive effort.
“Defensively, we tightened some things up,” said Santoro. “We’re going to have to do that with the schedule we have coming up against some ranked teams in Georgetown and Notre Dame.”
The Wolfpack missed on its first few scoring opportunities in the first half, but got on the board in the 30th minute when junior midfielder Jessica Baity collected a loose ball in front of the Buccaneers’ net, turned and fired a shot into the back left corner for her second goal of the season, putting NC State ahead, 1-0.
Less than eight minutes later, the Pack earned a free kick, approximately 40 yards away from the ETSU goal. Captain and redshirt senior Meagan Proper lofted the free kick into the heart of the Bucs’ defense, where sophomore striker Caroline Gentry redirected the cross with her head and into the right pocket of the goal to give NC State a 2-0 lead.
The goal was Gentry’s third on the season and second via the header. The Raleigh native also scored with her head in the season-opening win at Navy on Aug. 23 and has now scored in consecutive games.
As rainfall accumulated during halftime, a pair of lightning strikes extended the intermission an additional 34 minutes before the contest resumed.
While the rain dissipated and the sun emerged as the period progressed, freshman Jackie Stengel made her presence felt once again just six minutes into the period when she scored her fifth goal of the season in just her fourth collegiate game to give NC State a 3-0 lead.
The play developed when Baity moved the ball across midfield in transition and made a clean pass to sophomore striker Brittany Stanko on the right wing. The Glenmoore, Pa., native used a quick outside move and outran her defender, before finding herself driving to the goal, parallel to the end-line. Stanko then fed a perfect pass to Stengel who put the ball into the back of the net on a one-touch shot.
The Buccaneers had several scoring opportunities over the final 40 minutes of play, but Stelljes continued her rock-solid performance to preserve the shutout.
The Wolfpack edged the Bucs, 13-12, in shots and owned a 7-0 advantage on corner kick opportunities. ETSU freshman goalkeeper Jasmine Elliott made four saves on the afternoon, while striker Sarah Zadrazil recorded five shots in the game - two of which were on goal.
NC State returns to action Wednesday at 7 p.m. when it hosts No. 13/14 Georgetown at Dail Soccer Stadium. The match will also be broadcasted live on ESPN3.