There is no competition in sports bigger than the World Cup, and for many players there is no bigger honor than representing their country on the world’s biggest stage. This year’s edition of the Women’s World Cup has seen a number of players with ties to Raleigh called up to their national teams, including seven from local club NC Courage.

Following a statement 3-1 win over the USL Championship Eastern Conference leaders, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, on Saturday night, NCFC finds itself sitting at fifth in the standings and only three points away from second place after 14 games.

NC State men’s soccer has seen recent success under head coach George Kiefer, but over the years the program has also produced some excellent players and coaches, many of whom are still playing and managing at top sides in the United States and abroad.

On New Year’s Eve, we finish our three-part series by counting down the top six moments for NC State sports in 2018. The final part of the series features national titles for swimming and wrestling, a stellar season for women’s basketball and two upset wins over local rivals for men’s basketball. In case you missed them, be sure to check out parts one and two as well.

Part two of Technician’s series counting down the top 18 moments for NC State in 2018 features big wins for wrestling and men’s soccer, a banner day for football at the NFL draft and a strong season for cross country.

The NC State women’s soccer team’s season came to an end Sunday night in Los Angeles against the second-seeded UCLA Bruins in a 5-0 defeat.