Oct. 16, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State women’s soccer team returns to action Thursday night by hosting No. 1 Virginia at Dail Soccer Field. The Wolfpack and Cavaliers will kick off at 7 p.m. with the match set to be broadcast live on ESPN3.
In its last match action, NC State (6-9-0, 1-8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) was narrowly defeated by visiting Clemson Sunday afternoon by a final score of 1-0. The Wolfpack tied a season-high with 15 shots in the match.
KAY YOW PINK MATCH
Thursday’s match against No. 1 Virginia will serve as NC State’s annual Kay Yow Pink Match in conjunction with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and follow the Kay Yow Cancer Fund on Twitter at @KayYowFund.
Dail Soccer Field was the site of two very offensive-minded teams on Oct. 13, as NC State and Clemson combined for 34 total shots. The Wolfpack’s tally of 15 shots tied a season-high mark set in a Sept. 8 win over UNCW.
PACK DELIVERED TO YOU
NC State matches have been broadcast on television and through online streaming an unprecedented number of times in 2013. Thursday’s match against No. 1 Virginia and Sunday’s match against Syracuse will mark the seventh and eighth times, respectively, that a Pack match has been broadcast to a national audience in 2013. Sunday’s match will break the prior mark of seven televised contests set in 2012.
NC State’s losses in 2013 have come against very difficult opposition. The teams which have defeated the Wolfpack this season have combined to accumulate an 84-31-11 record. One of these teams is still undefeated (No. 3 Florida State).
HEARTY HOME STAND
The Wolfpack will end the 2013 regular season with three of its final four contests at home. NC State will host No. 1 Virginia (Oct. 17), Syracuse (Oct. 20), and No. 19 Wake Forest (Oct. 31).
MAKING THEM COUNT
When NC State lines up a shot, chances are it is going to be on target. Nearly 50 percent of the Wolfpack’s shots have resulted in goals or saves this season, compared to just 41 percent for its opponents.
Heading into Sunday’s match against Clemson, senior defender Randi Soldat has appeared in 66 matches, the most of any active Wolfpack student-athlete. Soldat, an electrical engineering major, has played in 1,289 of a possible 1,350 minutes in 2013. No player has spent more time on the field this season.
SHARING THE BALL
Five NC State student-athletes have recorded two or more assists in 2013. Shelli Spamer and Meagan Proper are tied for the team lead with five apiece while Brittany Stanko (2), Jessica Baity (2), and Jennie Krauser (2) have also had a knack for setting up teammates to score.
SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS
-Virginia enters Thursday’s match ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation with a 14-0-0 record which includes an 8-0-0 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play
-The Cavaliers are averaging 3.21 goals per contest (1st in NCAA) in 2013 while limiting opponents to a mere 0.64
-Virginia has outshot its opponents 147-38 this season
-The Cavaliers have three student-athletes who have scored eight goals or more this season: Makenzy Doniak (10), Morgan Brian (9), and Brittany Ratcliffe (8)
NC STATE - VIRGINIA SERIES HISTORY
-Thursday’s match will mark the 38th all-time meeting between NC State and Virginia
-Virginia holds a 22-13-2 lead in the all-time series
-The Wolfpack narrowly lost the last meeting between the two programs played in Raleigh, falling 1-0 in overtime on Oct. 13, 2011