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    Pack Wins Second-Straight Overtime Thriller

    Sept. 10, 2013

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    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - NC State men's soccer remained unbeaten and untied on Tuesday with a 2-1 (2OT) win at William & Mary on sophomore transfer Holden Fender's last second strike.

    Fender ripped a free kick from 28 yards to the right corner of the net, scoring the first goal of his NC State career, and breaking a 1-1 tie in the second overtime. The Pack (3-0) gave up its first goal of the season, snapping a streak of 249 minutes without allowing a goal dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season.

    "This is a tough place to come play," said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. "I was most pleased with our response after giving up a goal. That showed a great mentality, and great growth from our team. I think this is a game we would have lost a couple of years ago, maybe tied last year, but we won it this year. I'm pleased with the guys, and pleased with their effort."

    It wasn't all smooth sailing for the Wolfpack, despite outpacing William & Mary (1-2-0) 28-10 on shots. The Tribe took a 1-0 lead in the 66th minute on a goal from Jackson Eskay. The tension only lasted a few seconds, as Alex Martinez answered almost immediately with his first goal of the season.

    Gbenga Makinde earned credit for the assist, finding Martinez inside the box. Martinez then finished the job by firing a shot off the post and into the net to knot the score.

    State applied constant pressure for the rest of the match, finishing with 13 shots on goal to William & Mary's two. The Tribe defense proved worthy, turning away 11 of those shots, with eight saves credited to goalkeeper Mac Phillips. The Pack also led 10-3 on corner kick opportunities.

    Nick Surkamp seemed to be the likely hero while landing four of seven shots on target. One of Surkamp's denied opportunities came in the first overtime, a 10-minute span that saw the Pack outshoot the Tribe 6-0.

    The Wolfpack needed to wait until the waning moments to hit paydirt. With only 1:19 left, Fender contributed his game-winning free kick to push State to its third-straight win.

    "Now our focus turns to Clemson," said Findley. "We talk all the time about how we're only as good as our next game. We need to return home confident and ready to work as we prepare for our next ACC game."

    NC State returns to the pitch on Saturday, September 14 to host Clemson at Dail Soccer Stadium. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m. The match will be carried live on ESPN3.com. Fans can also follow along with live stats from GoPack.com, or on Twitter via @PackMensSoccer.


     

     

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