Sep 6, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State men's soccer completed its second shutout in as many matches, claiming a 1-0 (OT) victory over Pitt to kick off the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference schedule on Friday night at Dail Soccer Stadium.
"Our guys managed the game very well, which I was most pleased with," said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. "Games like that, you can take too many risks and push too many guys forward, but we were very disciplined. I thought, in the end, we got what we deserved."
The Wolfpack (2-0, 1-0 ACC) dominated every facet of the match, but had to wait until the fourth minute of overtime to capture the win, on Nick Surkamp's header from Clement Simonin and a corner kick by Gbenga Makinde.
In the 94th minute, the Wolfpack delivered the game-winning strike. Makinde teed up a corner kick and sent it to the far post. Simonin saved the possession by keeping it in play with a header back to the middle of the net. Surkamp redirected that with a header of his own, which deflected off of a Pitt defender as it crossed the goal line.
State outshot Pitt (0-1-2, 0-1) 19 to six on the evening, and earned nine corners to Pitt's three. Fabian Otte cemented the 10th shutout of his career with a pair of saves.
The Pack enjoyed a plethora of scoring chances on the night, with the best coming in the final 20 minutes of regulation. Alex Martinez played a ball back to Davi Ramos at the top of the box in the 72nd minute, but Ramos' shot sailed over the crossbar.
Surkamp played a shot in the 81st minute that Pitt goalkeeper Dan Lynd slid under to deflect over the crossbar, one of his five saves on the night. Martinez almost broke the scoreless tie in the 84th minute with a shallow-angled shot from the left side. Once again, Lynd managed to put a paw on the ball to send it wide of the target.
NC State returns to action on Tuesday, September 10 at William & Mary. Kick off for that contest is slated for 7 p.m., with live stats available on GoPack.com, and Twitter updates provided by @PackMensSoccer.