RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State women’s soccer team gets back in action Thursday night by beginning a two-match homestand with No. 16 Virginia Tech. The Wolfpack and Hokies will kick off from Dail Soccer Field at 7 p.m.
In its last match action, State (6-4-0, 1-3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) pushed the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles to the limit Sunday afternoon in Tallahassee before ultimately falling by the final score of 1-0. The Wolfpack held FSU scoreless for the first 86 minutes of the match but was ultimately undone when Marta Bakowska-Mathews dipped a curling free kick over the NC State defensive wall and just out of Mackenzie Stelljes’ reach in the 87th minute.
Thursday’s match will serve as Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night at Dail Soccer Field. All faculty/staff members and their families will be able to enter the match for free. In addition, the match will also serve as a Student Wolfpack Club points event.
(REDSHIRT) FRESHMAN PHENOM In her first season of competition, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mackenzie Stelljes has made 42 saves for the Wolfpack. The native of Charlotte, N.C., is just eight saves shy of tying for fifth place in NC State’s freshman record book in this statistical category.
TONS OF TOP-25 TESTS Thursday’s match vs. No. 16 Virginia Tech continues a stretch of schedule which will feature three of the next four opponents currently ranked in the NSCAA Top 25. NC State will next play Boston College (unranked), No. 21 Maryland, and No. 6 North Carolina.
STEADY SOLDAT Heading into Thursday’s match against Virginia Tech, senior defender Randi Soldat has appeared in 62 matches, the most of an active Wolfpack student-athlete. Soldat, an electrical engineering major, has played in 844 of a possible 900 minutes in 2013.
HOPING FOR HOME COOKING Beginning with Thursday’s match against Virginia Tech, NC State ends the 2013 regular season with six of its final nine contests to be played within the friendly confines of Dail Soccer Field. To date, the Wolfpack is 4-2-0 at home in 2013.
SCORING AT WILL Freshman forward Jackie Stengel has been an incredible offensive force for the Wolfpack this season, scoring seven goals in 10 matches. This currently ranks tied for fourth in the ACC. As of the official NCAA statistics release on Sept. 23, Stengel ranks 31st in the country in total goals scored.
FIVE TO THE GOOD Through the first 10 matches of the 2013 season, NC State has posted a +5 goal differential, scoring 18 goals while allowing just 13.
LENDING A HELPING...FOOT Megan Proper recorded her team-leading fourth assist of the season Thursday night on Jackie Stengel’s goal in the 89th minute at Miami. The redshirt senior is currently tied for seventh on the ACC’s assist leaderboard.
THE SHOT STOPS HERE Despite having played just eight matches, Mackenzie Stelljes ranks second in the ACC in goalkeeper saves. The redshirt freshman has made 42 stops in eight matches, averaging more than five saves per contest. Stelljes also ranks fourth in the league with her .824 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE HOKIES -Virginia Tech enters Thursday’s match ranked 16th in the country according to the latest NSCAA Coaches’ Poll -Virginia Tech has posted an 8-1-1 record this season which includes a 3-1-0 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play -VT began conference play with a 2-1 loss to then No. 1 North Carolina. The Hokies followed this up with wins over Syracuse, then No. 21 Maryland, and Boston College -The Hokies have outscored their opponents by a significant margin this season, scoring 26 goals while allowing just seven. VT’s offense is ranked 24th in the country at 2.6 goals per match -Jazmine Reeves leads the team with seven goals and four assists. Ashley Meier and Murielle Tiernan are not far behind, as each has tallied five goals in 2013 -Dayle Colpitts is the team’s leading goalkeeper, having started all 10 matches. She’s made 26 saves and allowed just one goal through the course of the season
NC STATE - VIRGINIA TECH SERIES HISTORY -Thursday’s match will be the 12th all-time meeting between NC State and Virginia Tech -Virginia Tech holds a 7-4 lead in the all-time series