Sept. 14, 2013
Box Score | Box Score
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State men's soccer suffered its first loss of 2013, falling 1-0 to No. 9 Clemson on Saturday night at Dail Soccer Stadium, despite outshooting the Tigers 17-6.
The Wolfpack (3-1, 1-1 ACC) fell into a 1-0 deficit in the first minute, when Manolo Sanchez made an unassisted run out of the kickoff before depositing his second goal of the season. Sanchez worked his way into the top left corner of the goal box, and fired his shot back toward the middle of the goal through traffic.
"We gave up an early goal, which is disappointing," said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. "For the first 20 minutes, they were all over us. Then I think we woke up a little bit and had a great second half.
" I'm frustrated with the mentality today. I don't think we've put together a 90-minute performance all year. Every game we've played, we've had 15 or 20 minutes that need to be cleaned up to do what we want to do this year."
The ninth-ranked Tigers (5-0, 2-0) looked to have the game in control until a flurry of Wolfpack activity late in the first half. State went into the locker room with a 6-5 advantage in shots, before going fully into attack mode for the second half.
Embracing a decidedly more physical brand of play in the second half, the Pack fired 11 shots while holding the Tigers to one.
In the 51st minute, Michael Bajza found an opening in close range, but Clemson goalkeeper Chris Glodack denied it with a kick save. Glodack finished the game with seven saves. That save rebounded to Nazmi Albadawi, who had his shot from the top of the box blocked by the Tiger defense.
In the waning moments, State pushed forward again. Nick Surkamp had a header from four yards saved in the 88th minute. The final sequence might have been the Pack's best chance. Bajza sent a free kick into the Clemson zone, creating chaos in front of the Tiger net. Albadawi eventually won the ball, but had his shot blocked.
NC State returns to action on Friday, September 20 with a visit to Virginia. Live stats will be available on GoPack.com. Fans can also follow along with live Twitter updates via @PackMensSoccer.