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Women’s Soccer Comes Up Short Against NC State

Photo courtesy of ASU Athletics

Sept. 10, 2012. RALEIGH – Appalachian State University women’s soccer were unable to keep up with NC State as the Wolfpack scored two goals in the second half to defeat the Mountaineers 3-1 Friday night at Dail Soccer Field.

With the loss, Appalachian drops the first ever meeting between the teams and falls to 2-4 overall. NC State extends its five-match winning streak and improves to 5-2 on the year. 

Freshman goalkeeper Megan Roberson was busy all match, stopping seven shots, including a highlight reel save to open the match in the 11th minute. Roberson’s dive to her right stopped a Cheyenne Spade shot that would have hit the top corner for the Wolfpack’s first goal. 

NC State eventually got on the scoreboard in the in 34th minute as a Michelle Oestreich shot bounced off the crossbar and fell to the foot of Rachel Harris. Harris beat Roberson for her second goal of the season.

The Apps stormed back quickly in the 37th minute when freshman midfielder Kate Ward forced a turnover in the NC State box. Ward settled the ball and her shot beat NCSU goalkeeper Victoria Hopkins to even the match. For Ward, it was her second goal in just her second collegiate match of her career.

The Mountaineers fired seven shots to close the half, one behind NCSU’s total of eight.

After four consecutive saves by Roberson and a lot of pressure from the Wolfpack attackers to open the second half, NC State found a seam past the App State backline as Jennie Krauser dribbled past Roberson and scored in the 72nd minute to regain the Wolfpack lead. 

Krauser created space against the Mountaineer defense once again in the 88th minute, flicking a towering lob over the head of Roberson, sealing the victory for the Wolfpack. Krauser’s insurance goal was her third of the season. 

The Apps will remain on the road when they travel to UNC Asheville on Friday, Sept. 14. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.