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    Pack Hammers Delaware 6-0, Improves to 3-0

    Aug. 31, 2012

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    DURHAM, N.C. - NC State remained unbeaten and untied in the 2012 season by throttling No. 39 Delaware 6-0 in its opening game at the John Rennie Nike Invitational in Durham.

    Jonathan Ray led the Wolfpack (3-0) with two goals in the win. Danny DiPrima, Alex Martinez, Sonny Mukungu, and Zabarle Kollie each scored once. Martinez also added two assists in the match. DiPrima and Gbenga Makinde assisted on one goal each.

    "Getting an early goal was great," said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. "We set the tone and made it to half leading 3-0. We didn't expect to be there, but we were happy to be in that position."

    Delaware (0-2-0) entered the game ranked No. 39 by, but couldn't break through the Pack's stifling defense to any success. NC State goalkeeper Fabian Otte saved two shots, and Joe Mills saved one over the final 29 minutes.

    "We were able to get a lot of guys minutes today, and it was great to see everybody contributing," said Findley. "The young guys have really caught on. Everybody that we send out knows exactly what to do to help us win."

    Martinez scored the opening goal in the 14th minute, unassisted on a shot to the lower left corner from 12 yards away. The goal marked Martinez's first of the year, and signaled the beginning of a big day for the junior. Ray's first goal came in the 30th minute off of a cross from Martinez.

    State tacked on one more before the half, as Kollie scored in a one-on-one situation after an assist from Makinde in the 34th minute.

    The Pack wasted no time padding the lead in the second half when Ray added his second goal of the match in the 46th minute. Martinez connected with his second assist, setting up a goal from 15 yards into the right corner of the goal.

    DiPrima made it 5-0 in the 55th minute on a penalty kick, his first goal this season. Mukungu contributed the final goal in the 79th minute on a header from DiPrima's corner kick.

    NC State returns to action Sunday, September 2 with a Noon matchup against No. 34 Santa Clara in Durham. Live stats will be provided by, and fans can follow Twitter updates from @PackMensSoccer.

    "I was glad to Sonny score a goal in his hometown," said Findley. "Johnathan scored twice, and he's from this area too. Moving forward, I'm stressing to our guys that we need to stick the task, maintaining our focus.  We're only as good as our next game, and we have a good test against Santa Clara."



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