No. 20 Wolfpack Roars Past UNCG 3-1
GREENSBORO, N.C. - No. 20 NC State kept its perfect record intact with a hard fought 3-1 victory on the road at UNC Greensboro Friday night.
"You have to be able to defend sometimes and not break," said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. "Tonight, we did that in the first half. I thought we deserved a shutout, so I'm a little disappointed for Fabian [Otte] and the back line, because I thought they deserved it."
Once State finally wrangled another possession, Kollie came through to put the Pack in control. On a free kick, Kollie sent a header toward the net, but it found the crossbar. Moments later, State won a ball at midfield and Ray provided Kollie another chance. This time, Kollie delivered, soaring for a header to push NC State ahead 2-0 going into the half.
"This win says a lot about our growth as a program and as a team," said Findley. "UNCG's a very good team, this is a hard place to play, and to come in and get a win was great for us. We talk about playing to our standard regardless of venue. I thought we did that tonight."
NC State returns to action Sunday, September 9 when Marist visits Dail Soccer Stadium at 5 p.m. Live stats will be provided by GoPack.com. Fans can follow Twitter updates from @PackMensSoccer.
"We were able to rotate a lot of players on, and got some leadership from our junior class," said Findley. "Now it comes down to our concentration tomorrow as we prepare for Sunday."