Oct. 18, 2007
Raleigh, NC-Elizabeth Jobe scored an unassisted goal at the 83:43 mark to lead 20th ranked Clemson to a 2-2 tie against NC State in ACC women’s soccer action in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon. The Lady Tigers are now 8-2-4 overall, 1-1-4 in the ACC, while NC State, who had lost five in a row, is now 5-6-3 overall, 0-5-1 in the ACC. Clemson will be back in action Sunday at Riggs Field against 21st ranked Wake Forest at 2:00 PM.
It was the fifth overtime match in the last six contests for Clemson, all in ACC play. It was the sixth overtime match between the two schools in history. Clemson has now gone 12 consecutive overtime matches over the last two years without suffering a loss. Clemson is 3-0-9 in those 12 overtime matches.
The two teams nearly played the first half to a scoreless tie, but the Wolfpack scored with just 57 seconds left before intermission on a goal by Lindsay Vera. NC State’s leading scorer registered her seventh goal of the year off a deflected pass from teammate Jessica O’Rourke to give NC State a 1-0 lead at intermission in front of their hometown fans Method Road Field on the NC State campus.
Clemson came out quickly in the second half and Julie Bolt tied the count with her third goal of the year off a pass from Abby Lambert at the 53:50 mark. It was the second assist of the year for Lambert, who has started all 14 matches this year.
It appeared the match would go into overtime tied 1-1 as goal keepers Ashley Phillips of Clemson and Rachel Barnette of NC State handled opposing attempts without a miscue.
N C State took a 2-1 lead at the 80:12 mark on Kara Baldy’s second goal of the year on a 20-yard blast to the upper right corner of the goal. But, Clemson came right back to tie the count 2-2 just 3:31 later on a 30-yard free kick to the lower left corner by Jobe. Like Bolt before her, it was Jobe’s third goal of the year.
That sent the match into overtime. In the second overtime Clemson had two shots to none for NC State. Barnette had the only save of the overtime period for either goal keeper at the 101:46 mark when she saved an attempt by Clemson’s Nuria Zufia, Clemson’s third leading scorer on the season. “This was a tie that felt like a loss,” said Clemson Head Coach Todd Bramble. “We had a lot of opportunities, but just did not convert those chances into goals. Earlier in the season we were converting at a much higher rate. We have to learn to put teams away.
“We were down at the half and scored early to tie the game, but then gave up a late goal that put NC State ahead. Then we came back to tie it up in the final seven minutes, which was good to see. But, overall we are very disappointed. Many times when you get a tie on the road in the ACC you are satisfied, but we don’t feel that way today.
“We now must come back strong against a ranked Wake Forest team on Sunday”
NCS–Lindsey Vera (from Jessica O’Rourke), 44:03 CU -Julie Bolt (from Abby Lambert), 53:50 NCS-Kara Baldy (unassisted), 80:12 CU-Elizabeth Jobe (unassisted), 83:43 Score by Periods
Saves Phillips (CU) 5 Barnette (NCS) 6 Total Shots: Clemson 16, NC State 12 Corner Kicks: Clemson 6, NC State 4 Fouls: Clemson 21, NC State 15 Offsides: Clemson 3, NC State 2
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