Sept. 28, 2013
Match 12 - Boston College | Gametracker | ESPN3
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State women’s soccer team gets right back in action on Sunday afternoon, hosting fellow ACC school Boston College at Dail Soccer Field. Sunday’s match is set to begin at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live to a national audience on ESPN3.
Sunday’s match will serve as U.S. Youth Soccer Day at Dail Soccer Field. All youth soccer players and their parents will receive free admission to the game.
In its last match action, NC State (6-5-0, 1-4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) fell to visiting No. 16 Virginia Tech on Thursday night, 4-1. The Hokies raced out to an early lead in the first half before State battled back in the second. Freshman Jackie Stengel’s tally in the 60th minute pulled the Wolfpack within one goal with 30 minutes left, but Virginia Tech was able to take advantage of two more late scoring opportunities to end the match at 4-1.
WINNING BOTH HALVES
NC State holds a +2 goal differential on the season and has outscored its opponents in each half throughout the year. The Wolfpack has scored seven goals and conceded six in the first 45 minutes of matches this season while scoring 12 goals and allowing 11 in the final 45 minutes.
The Wolfpack has recorded nearly twice as many assists as its opponents this season (18-10). NC State is averaging 0.95 assists per goal this season while limiting opposing teams to just 0.59.
(REDSHIRT) FRESHMAN PHENOM
In her first season of competition, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mackenzie Stelljes has made 48 saves for the Wolfpack. The native of Charlotte, N.C., is just two saves shy of tying for fifth place in NC State’s freshman record book in this statistical category.
Heading into Thursday’s match against Virginia Tech, senior defender Randi Soldat has appeared in 63 matches, the most of an active Wolfpack student-athlete. Soldat, an electrical engineering major, has played in 934 of a possible 990 minutes in 2013. The only player on the team who has seen more time on the field is freshman forward Jackie Stengel, who has played 950 minutes.
HOPING FOR HOME COOKING
NC State ends the 2013 regular season with five of its final eight contests to be played within the friendly confines of Dail Soccer Field. To date, the Wolfpack is 4-3-0 at home in 2013.
SCORING AT WILL
Freshman forward Jackie Stengel has been an incredible offensive force for the Wolfpack this season, scoring eight goals in 11 matches. This currently ranks her tied for sixth place among freshmen in program history.
LENDING A HELPING FOOT
Megan Proper recorded her team-leading fifth assist of the season Thursday night on Jackie Stengel’s goal in the 60th minute against No. 16 Virginia Tech. The redshirt senior has notched an assist in three of the Pack’s last four matches.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
-Boston College enters Sunday’s match the owner of a 5-5 record which includes a 2-3 mark in ACC play
-The Eagles recently ended a three-match losing skid by taking down No. 9 Wake Forest by a final score of 1-0 on Thursday night
-In conference play, BC has defeated Pitt and Wake Forest while collecting losses against Clemson, Virginia, and Virginia Tech
-Though BC has significantly outshot its opponents in 2013 (141-87), the Eagles have scored just two more goals than their opponents (15-13)
-McKenzie Meehan leads the team offensively with seven goals in nine matches. She is followed by Stephanie McCaffrey, who is tied for the team lead in points with four goals and six assists
-Jessica Mickelson is the team’s leading goalkeeper, leading the team in matches played in the net (seven) and saves (18). She has posted a goals-against average of 1.68 and a .600 save percentage en route to accumulating a 3-4 record
NC STATE - BOSTON COLLEGE SERIES HISTORY
-Sunday’s match will mark the 11th all-time meeting between NC State and Boston College
-BC holds a 9-1 edge in the all-time series