Aug. 21, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. -
North Carolina State's Alex Berger converted a penalty kick in the 88th minute to life the Wolfpack (2-0-0) past Navy (0-1-1), 1-0, in women's soccer at Dail Field in front of an announced crowd of 1,289 on Sunday afternoon.
With the game just two minutes from heading into overtime, Navy had a giveaway in its own defensive end and NC State came in on goal with a 2-on-1 advantage. Freshmen defender Kahra Kelty then went after the ball with a slide tackle and was whistled for a yellow card in the box.
Berger's ensuing penalty kick went to goalkeeper Alexes Lopez-Shaw's right side and she dove and was able to get a hand on the ball, but it deflected just inside the post at 87:54.
With under a minute to play and Navy turning up the pressure, sophomore defender Emily Wilkin got a shot off that would have tied the game, but NC State goalkeeper Kim Kern made her fifth stop of the day.
Although Navy was outshot by NC State 14-5, the Mids were able to play solid defense in front of Lopez-Shaw, who made five saves, and kept NC State off the board until the yellow card and penalty kick. NC State also held a lopsided advantage in corner kicks, 13-2.
"We had to do a lot of defending in the first half, but to go into the halftime at 0-0 we felt we had a good opportunity to get a result in this game," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "Things then evened out more in the second half for both teams before they scored on the penalty kick. We had solid goalkeeping and defending over this opening weekend and we are going to be very deep this year and use a lot of players."
Lopez-Shaw pitched a shutout in goal against High Point in a 0-0 draw on Friday and had a scoreless streak of over 200 minutes before NC State's tally. Wilkin and senior Kate Herren played well on the defensive backline for Navy.
Sophomore Hannah Morse
took a team-high two shots and all five of the Navy's shots in the game were on goal.
The Mids will next host Texas State in their home opener at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on Friday evening.