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    Men's Soccer Falls to Georgia Southern in Opener
    Senior Mitchell Watson notched nine saves in the Wolfpack's season opener.
    Senior Mitchell Watson notched nine saves in the Wolfpack's season opener.

    Aug. 31, 2002

    Raleigh, N.C. - The NC State men's soccer fell to Georgia Southern 2-1 Saturday afternoon in the season opener for the Wolfpack. The game originally scheduled for Friday afternoon, was moved to Saturday and also moved to the SAS Soccer Stadium in Cary, N.C.

    NC State jumped out to the early lead in the first minute of the game. Freshman Aaron King took a through ball from fellow freshman Federico Peria and had a breakaway just 48 seconds into the contest.

    Georgia Southern would get the equalizer just before halftime. Wes Meadows converted a free kick from about 20 yards out at the 34:52 mark. That score sent the two teams into the half tied at 1-1.

    King came close to striking again for the Wolfpack just as the second half opened. King just missed his second goal of the game when he hit the post less than a minute into the second frame.

    Georgia Southern would score the lone goal of the second half, the eventual game winner. Meadows struck again for his second goal, when he collected a loose ball in the NC State box and scored in the 67th minute.

    NC State keeper Mitchell Watson recorded nine saves on the day, while Georgia Southern's Garret Lanzenby finished with seven.

    Georgia Southern 2, NC State 1
    Georgia Southern	1	1	--	2
    NC State		1	0	--	1

    Scoring: NCSU's King from Peria at 0:48 GSU's Meadows unassisted at 34:52 GSU's Meadows unassisted at 66:52

    Shots: GSU 17, NCSU 21 Saves: GSU 7, NcSU 9 Corner Kicks: GSU 9, NCSU 6 Fouls: GSU 12, NCSU 14



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