Wolfpack plays first ACC road match of the season at Ambrose Urbanic Field
RALEIGH, NC September 14, 2013 – The NC State University women’s soccer team takes to the road for the first time in Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend, heading north to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers on Sunday at 1 p.m. The match is to be played at Ambrose Urbanic Field and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
In its last match action, the Wolfpack (5-2, 0-1 ACC) fell at home to No. 8 Notre Dame by a final score of 3-1 Thursday night. NC State took an early lead courtesy of Shelli Spamer’s (McMurray, Pa.) free kick from just on the offensive side of midfield in the sixth minute. The Fighting Irish answered back quickly, however, scoring to pull level in the 16th minute before taking the lead once and for all in the 27th minute. NC State very nearly leveld the match in the 64th minute when Jessica Baity (Yadkinville, N.Y.) ripped a rocket of a shot from 22 yards out towards the top corner. Notre Dame goalkeeper Kaela Little was able to preserve the lead, tipping the shot narrowly aside. The Fighting Irish would then score their third goal of the match in the 75th minute to make it 3-1.
AT HOME ON THE ROAD
Sunday’s match at Pittsburgh marks the beginning of the season’s longest road trip for the Wolfpack. Following its trip to play Pitt, NC State will travel to Florida to take on Miami (Sept. 19) and No. 4 Florida State (Sept. 22).
ANYTHING FOR THE TEAM
Facing a 3-1 deficit in the 82nd minute of Thursday’s match vs. No. 8 Notre Dame, defender Dayna Tomayko refused to go down quietly. Following a save by teammate Mackenzie Stelljes and a rebound back into the box, the sophomore slid across the goal line to parry Rilka Noel’s shot safely out of harm’s way. This was the team’s first defensive save of the season.
NC State’s Sept. 8 win over UNCW marked the 600th match in NC State program history. The Wolfpack has won 317 matches since the program’s first season began in 1984.
SIX TO THE GOOD
Through the first seven matches of the 2013 season, NC State has posted a +6 goal differential, scoring 16 goals while allowing just 10.
THE SHOT STOPS HERE
Despite having played just five matches, Mackenzie Stelljes ranks atop the ACC in goalkeeper saves. The redshirt freshman has made 28 stops in five matches, averaging 5.60 saves per contest. Stelljes has made eight saves in back-to-back matches for the Wolfpack.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
-Pittsburgh enters Sunday’s match the owner of a 4-2-1 record which includes an 0-1 mark in ACC play
-The Panthers opened the 2013 season with a win at Duquesne and were only defeated once in non-conference play, falling at Ohio State. In addition to Duquesne, Pittsburgh defeated Bucknell, Central Michigan, and Toledo, while earning a draw at Robert Morris
-Pittsburgh lost its ACC opener at home against Boston College on Thursday, falling by a final score of 3-0. The Panthers were outshot by a 15-2 mark in the defeat
-The Panthers have boasted a balanced scoring attack in 2013, with five different student-athletes scoring goals and no player having more than three tallies to her name. Roosa Arvas is the team’s points leader with six (2G, 2A)
-Nicole D’Agostino is the team’s regular goalkeeper, having earned four wins in seven starts. The redshirt junior has allowed six goals and made 25 saves this season. At 3.57 saves per match, she is second only to NC State’s Mackenzie Stelljes
-Pitt is coached by Greg Miller, who is in his second year at the helm of the program
NC STATE – PITTSBURGH SERIES HISTORY
-Sunday’s match marks just the second all-time meeting between NC State and Pittsburgh
-The Wolfpack holds a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series, defeating the Panthers by a final score of 4-0 in Raleigh on Sept. 3 of the 2010 season
-NC State has never played at Pittsburgh
A NEW ERA BEGINS
The 2013 season marks the beginning of Tim Santoro’s career as a head coach. The New Jersey native most recently served as an associate head coach at fellow ACC school Wake Forest, and, prior to that, College of Charleston.