Double update here:
The women's team settled for a 2-2 draw with #11 ranked Georgetown. All the goal scoring happened in the second half. In the first minute of the half Wohner passed back to Joseph who took 2 touches and launched a rocket into the upper corner of the net from outside the box. It was a beautiful shot.
Georgetown had controlled the ball and the tempo of play for the majority of the first half so this was an important goal to build confidence. Within 1 minute of that goal, Georgetown scored again to tie it at 1-1. Continuing the trend for the rest of the half, NC State showed a lot more patience and began to work the ball across both sides of the field to create openings in the defense. Late in the second half, Georgetown broke through the defense and managed to stay on their after a hard collision with 5'1" Soto at the top of the box to take the lead at the 79" mark. State did not panic and continued to push hard. The final goal was a great team effort down in the final third of Georgetown. There were multiple passes, a cross in front on the goal that Wohner kept in play and then a sweet assist by Jaiden Thomas. Butler took that pass and one timed it into the goal for the winner. She was really close to being offsides and both teams looked around to confirm the call before the celebration began.
That came at the 85 minute mark. Soto played an outstanding game and would get my MVP award. She was instrumental in maintaining control in the midfield and containing the much taller Georgetown players.
Now some love for the men's team. Conor Kelly (grad transfer from Duke) has been on fire his first 2 games - 4 goals. Junior Nare also recorded his first goal.
Conor's first goal came off a great assist from Hille right in front of the keeper -
Conor's second goal was a great bending shot from outside the box -
Nare's was very similar -