NC State soccer vs. UConn: Scouting report, prediction

NC State soccer will look to cross its final non-conference check Saturday evening when the UConn Huskies come to town.

The No. 11 Wolfpack (3-0), which moved up four spots in the Associated Press poll to No. 12 after their 27-14 win over Texas Tech, will host UConn (1-3) on Saturday (7:30 p.m.) of their last non-conference game earlier than playing at No. 5 Clemson next week. This is the very best NC State has been ranked within the AP Top 25 Poll since Oct. 20, 2002.

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Jordan Houston, Tyler Baker-Williams update

For the second time in a week, NC State coach Dave Doeren stated Thursday that he could not give a proper damage replace on operating back Jordan Houston and nickelback Tyler Baker-Williams after each had been hurt in the win over Texas Tech. Baker-Williams was seen sporting a strolling boot after the sport. Houston left the sport within the second half after being hit within the head by a defender’s knee whereas being tackled.

Houston had 57 yards on 13 carries before his harm. Baker-Williams has six tackles, two interceptions, a sack and a pressured fumble this season.

“They’re everyday,” He mentioned. “I anticipate both of them to be again with us soon, but I’m not going to tell you earlier than the sport what we’re going to do.”

A brief history

NC State and UConn have only faced each other twice, with the Wolfpack successful both games − 31-24 in 2003 and 10-7 in 2012.

Against the Huskies in 2003, linebacker Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay − now NC State’s nickels coach − scored two defensive touchdowns, a 48-yard fumble recovery and a 56-yard interception.

The Wolfpack can open the season 4-0 for the primary time since 2018.

Young Huskie

UConn and first-year head coach Jim Mora Jr. thought they’d this system’s quarterback of the lengthy run with Penn State switch Ta’Quan Roberson, however after an ACL tear sidelined him for the season the Huskies had been forced to turn to a true freshman to steer the offense.

Zion Turner won his first start towards Central Connecticut however has struggled in the last two losses in opposition to Syracuse (48-14) and Michigan (59-0). Turner accomplished 4 of 16 passes for 17 yards in opposition to the Wolverines, and the Huskies had 110 yards in whole offense. UConn will also be with out beginning operating back Nate Carter, who suffered a shoulder injury against Michigan and was dominated out for Saturday’s recreation.

Through four games this season, NC State has outscored its opponents by a margin of 103-37. UConn has given up 141 points while scoring 62.

Nearing AP poll history

NC State’s transfer from No. 16 to No. 12 on this week’s Associated Press poll provides the Wolfpack their highest rating in just under 20 years.

It was Oct. 20, 2002, after a 24-22 win over Duke, that they moved as a lot as No. 12 within the country and improved their report to 8-0 on the season. They would defeat Clemson, 38-6, the subsequent week to maneuver into the highest 10 earlier than falling to Georgia Tech.

Before that, NC State had not been ranked within the high 10 since 1974.

The Wolfpack will want a couple of upsets this week to maneuver into the top 10 earlier than next Saturday’s conflict in opposition to No. 5 Clemson. The Tigers journey to No. 21 Wake Forest this weekend.

No. 11 Tennessee will host No. 20 Florida and No. 10 Arkansas will play No. 23 Texas A&M.

Prediction

NC State 59, UConn 14: The Wolfpack offense might be out to prove a point of their last non-conference test before touring to Clemson subsequent week. The Huskies’ younger offense might be in for a long night in opposition to a feisty NC State protection.

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