Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel soccer team fell to ACC foe N.C. State 5-0 in an evening match at Dail Soccer Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 0-3 on the season.
Both teams came out and played tough at the start of the game as Bulldog goalkeeper Sarah Katchen staved off the Wolfpack attack, recording three saves in the first 35 minutes.
It wasn't until the 36th minute when N.C. State forward Shannon Colligan recorded the game's first goal on a header shot that deflected off the post and into the back of the net.
Just over four minutes later the Wolfpack (3-2) found the back of the net again as Ariela Schreibeis drilled a penalty kick in to give N.C. State a 2-0 lead heading into the half.
The N.C. State attack would prove to be too much for The Citadel defense in the final 45 minutes as the Wolfpack came out firing. Just ten minutes into the second frame, N.C. State's Brittany Stanko fired a rocket past Katchen to give her team a 3-0 lead.
The Wolfpack would add two late goals in the 62nd and 72nd minutes to down the Bulldogs 5-0.
N.C. State outshot The Citadel 19-5 as Katchen would record seven saves in her 90 minutes in goal.
"We played like a team in the first half and defended together well," said freshman defender Taylor Darling. "Nicole Levermann had some great runs and Grace Raines did a fantastic job covering and communicating with the back line."
Mariana Garcia recorded just one shot on the day but it was enough to move her into sole possession of third place in program history with 129 for her career. The junior sits just 10 shots behind teammate Vanessa Aponte and 36 behind The Citadel's all-time shots leader Kelly Pesterfield.
The Bulldogs will have a week off before opening up a two-game home stand starting next Friday, Sept. 7 when they host Northern Iowa at 4 p.m.
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