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    Stanko Scores Twice in 3-2 Setback at Kansas
    Shelli Spamer assisted on both goals on Sunday at Kansas
    Shelli Spamer assisted on both goals on Sunday at Kansas

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    LAWRENCE, Kan. - Brittany Stanko scored both goals for the NC State women's soccer team in a 3-2 setback at Kansas on Sunday afternoon from the KU Soccer Complex.

    The Wolfpack played from behind most of the match after Kansas struck first in the 25th minute on an unassisted goal from Whitney Berry that came on shot from about 20 yards.

    NC State (5-3), which had its five-match winning streak come to a halt on Sunday, was able to find the back of the net just before halftime to send both clubs into the intermission tied 1-all.

    Sophomore defender Shelli Spamer began the play with a free kick from 35 yards out after Kansas was whistled for a foul. The McMurray, Pa., product sent one of her patent deep set pieces into the goal area and Stanko got a foot on the ball and scored the match equalizer in the 41st minute for her third goal of the season.

    A little over 10 minutes into the second half, KU's Caroline Kastor struck for two goals in the span of 69 seconds for a 3-1 advantage. Berry assisted on both goals when she played a pair of through balls that Kastor was able to run onto and score her sixth and seventh goals of the season.

    Stanko and Spamer worked nicely together late in the match to make it 3-2, but that was as close as the Pack would get. Rachel Harris also earned an assist on Stanko's team-leading fourth goal in 2012.

    "I'm proud of the resiliency that our team showed today after getting down two goals. We were able to get one back and had another go off the cross bar that we thought was in," said head coach Steve Springthorpe.

    "With the short turnaround from Friday and going on the road against a good team in Kansas I'm pleased with our effort. It was just a matter of them getting behind us twice and that was the difference in the outcome."

    Spamer now has a team-best five assists, one more than her club best in all of her 2011 freshman campaign.

    State keeper Victoria Hopkins made seven saves on the day, while KU split its goal keeping evenly between Kat Liebetrau and Kaitlyn Stroud (one save). Each played 45 minutes.

    Kansas (6-1-1) held a 17-13 shot advantage, and had 11 alone in the crucial second half.

    NC State was charged with 14 fouls, compared to only six for the Jayhawks.

    NC State opens ACC play Thursday at Virginia in Charlottesville at 7 p.m. That match will be televised on FOX Soccer as the NSCAA Game of the Week.



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