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Checking in on NC State’s non-revenue sports

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Men’s soccer looks strong this year, and the cross country teams are good, as usual.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 03 Florida State at NC State Photo by Michael Berg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s not just football season, so let’s have a look-see at what else is going on at NC State right now.

Women’s Soccer (6-4-2, 1-1-2)

The Wolfpack women have had an up-and-down season and probably should have more league wins: they scored first at both Duke and Wake Forest only to surrender the equalizers later on each game. Duke’s game-tying goal came with less than three minutes left. Those two contests ended in a tie. They beat BC 2-0 on Saturday for their first league win, and their only loss is a 1-0 defeat at No. 4 UNC. The Pack sits in a tie for seventh in the ACC.

The women’s team features one of the most entertaining players in the ACC: senior Tziarra King, who already has 10 goals this season. (That’s her in the white hair in the above highlights.) She’s led the team in goals every year she’s been at State, and I highly recommend giving her a look this season if you have the chance.

Men’s Soccer (6-2-1, 3-1-0)

The fellas are tied for first place with Wake Forest in the Atlantic Division, and sit in a tie for second overall. Their lone conference loss was a 2-0 defeat at No. 1 Virginia, and their only other loss was an overtime heartbreaker at No. 12 St. John’s. They recently delivered a 2-1 win at Louisville, which at the time was ranked 17th. That win featured a couple of lovely goals:

The men’s team has a big home match coming up this Friday against No. 3 Wake Forest.

Volleyball (6-10, 1-3)

As usual, the volleyball program remains a depressing thing. Heck, not even Debbie Yow’s magic touch worked in this case. I don’t know what the specific challenges facing this program are, but they must be substantial.

The Pack picked up its first conference win by edging Virginia Tech in five sets on Friday. The Hokies are winless in league play. State also has painful five-set home losses to ECU and UNC on the ledger. This is definitely not going to be an NCAA tournament team.

Cross Country

The women’s cross country team is the defending ACC champion and is ranked 8th nationally. They recently finished fourth in a loaded event at Notre Dame, ahead of fellow top-10 teams New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Washington.

The men, who are No. 15 in the latest top 25, finished third in that same event. They topped several other ranked teams, including Notre Dame (No. 9), Wisconsin (No. 10), Colorado State (No. 13), Michigan (No. 16), Indiana (No. 19), and Purdue (No. 21).