August 30, 2012

Bulldog Soccer Heads to Raleigh to Take On N.C. State


Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel soccer team will hit the road for Raleigh, N.C., to face off against ACC foe N.C. State on Friday at 7 p.m., at Dail Soccer Stadium. This will mark the first meeting between the two programs.

The Bulldogs will look to collect their first win of the season after falling to Maine and Bryant last weekend. Junior Mariana Garcia looks to keep her hot streak alive as she posted both of The Citadel's goals this season, leaving her with 19 in her career, two shy of 2011 team captain Amy Loughran who currently sits in second place all-time.

The Bogota, Colombia, native also collected four shots on the year moving her into a tie for third place all-time with 128. Teammate Vanessa Aponte is currently in second place with 139. The duo will be chasing the school record (165) held by Kelly Pesterfield.

Bulldogs vs. ACC Opponents…

The Citadel has only faced two ACC opponents in the program's 12-year history, dropping the 2011 season-opener to Clemson 1-0 and falling to then No. 5-ranked Florida State 5-0 in 2005.

Chasing History…

Career Goals

1. Kelly Pesterfield 28

2. Amy Loughran 21

3. Mariana Garcia 19

4. Lauren Merchant 18

5. Julie Austin 16

6. Vanessa Aponte 13

Career Assists

1. Nicole Martinoli 9

2. Lauren Merchant 9

3. Vanessa Aponte 8

Career Points

1. Kelly Pesterfield 58

2. Amy Loughran 49

3. Lauren Merchant 45

4. Mariana Garcia 43

5. Nicole Martinoli 27

6. Vanessa Aponte 34

Career Shots

1. Kelly Pesterfield 165

2. Vanessa Aponte 139

3. Mariana Garcia 128

4. Lauren Merchant 128

5. Amy Loughran 126

Career Gamewinners

1. Mariana Garcia 9

2. Kelly Pesterfield 4

3. Vanessa Aponte 3

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