Aug. 17, 2014
|| Home Exhibition vs. Campbell, Wednesday 8/20, 7 p.m.
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NC State men's soccer dropped UNC Wilmington 1-0 on the road Sunday night, in its first exhibition of three before the 2014 season.
"UNCW's a good team," said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. "They're hard to play against, especially on the road. At the same time, everybody's fresh, and everybody wants to impress themselves.
"I'm more pleased with the fact that we got a shutout, our defending was very solid, we got a lot of guys minutes, came out of it injury-free, and improved at what we're trying to do."
MOMENTS OF THE MATCH
The Pack opened on the attack with early shots from Nick Surkamp and Zach Knudson, but battled to a 0-0 tie at the half. As both sides grew comfortable and the intensity ratcheted up, Caleb Duvernay put a shot on target in the 64th minute, the freshman shared corner kick duties with Michael Bajza and Roland Minogue.
Surkamp created a pair of chances in the 70th minute, then UNCW tested State's resolve. A pair of Seahawk shots were thwarted, one stuffed by Joe Mills making his second save of the evening.
In the 84th, Andrew Malinich hit pay dirt on a ball headed in from the left side, on an assist from fellow freshman Izzy Evans. "Full volley, across the box, diving header," said Findley, complimenting the goal produced by a pair of freshmen. The strike granted NC State a 1-0 lead they would preserve to the final whistle.