|Seahawks Edged By Wolfpack In Matinee|
RALEIGH, North Carolina – Sophomore Brittany Stanko scored twice to lead NC State to a 2-1 victory over UNCW in collegiate women’s soccer action Sunday at Dail Soccer Field.
The Wolfpack improved to 5-1 overall with the one-goal victory while the Seahawks slipped to 1-5 on the season.
“This game came down to several moments,” said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. “We had moments in front of their goal and we did not convert. They had some moments and they finished. I have to be pleased with our overall performance. We have come on the road and played well against an ACC opponent. We created in attack and we looked solid at the back.”
Stanko put NC State in front, 1-0, in the 12th minute as she put a shot into the lower left-hand corner of the net for her second goal of the season. Juniors Jennie Krauser and Shelli Spamer were credited with assists on the play.
Sophomore Lindsey Byrne brought the Seahawks level at the 51:12 mark when she blasted a shot from 30 yards out into the upper left corner of the net for her first collegiate tally. Sophomore Morgan Leyble was credited with an assist on the play.
Stanko broke the deadlock in the 80th minute, heading home a feed from Spamer from close range for her second goal of the game.
UNCW held a 21-15 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by a 13-8 margin in the second half. The Seahawks also attempted seven of the nine corner kicks awarded.
Sophomore Mackenzie Stelljes recorded eight saves for the Wolfpack while freshman Liisa Rahkola ended the game with five stops for the Seahawks.
UNCW makes its home debut Friday as it entertains Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. NC State is back in action Thursday when it opens ACC play with 7 p.m. contest against Notre Dame.
“We will get better from this and train with a sharp edge this week,” said Cairney. “We are looking forward to our first regular season game at home.”