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    No. 17 Wolfpack Stumbles Against Campbell

    Sept. 18, 2012

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    RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 17 NC State battled for 75 scoreless minutes before giving up the first score of the game, ultimately falling 2-0 to Campbell, Tuesday night at Dail Soccer Field.

    The Wolfpack (6-2) was held without a goal for the first time this season, and the performance resulted in its second defeat in a row. State wasn't without chances on the evening, but the Campbell (4-1-1) defense proved stingy enough to preserve the shutout.

    After playing to a scoreless tie at the break, the Pack went into attack mode early in the second half. Alex Martinez entered the contest with a share of the national goal-scoring lead and looked poised to add to that total, but none of his four shots found the back of the net.

    Martinez's first opportunity came in the 48th minute when his rocket from the far side forced Campbell goalkeeper Ethan Hall to make a leaping stab for one of his seven saves on the night. In the 63rd minute, Martinez drew a foul in the box and a penalty kick, but once again Hall rose to the occasion, sliding to his right to swat the ball away.

    In the 76th minute, Campbell broke through to snag a 1-0 lead. Mitchell Cardenas found Bryce Miller streaking past the defense. Cardenas lofted a pass over the Wolfpack back line, setting up Miller to poke a shot home on the right side.

    State nearly answered in the 79th minute on a beautiful sequence of headers. Philip Carmon crossed a ball from the far side to the near post, which Monbo Bokar won. Bokar headed that pass toward Agnew, who changed it's direction again with a header to the left side of the goal. Hall rose to the challenge with an outstretched right hand, diving to tip the ball away from the Camels' goal.

    The Pack's desperation in the waning minutes allowed Campbell a number of opportunities on counter attacks. In the 82nd minute, the Camels finally sealed the game on one of those chances. Cardenas stole a ball at midfield and sent a through pass to Ricki Gaez for his second assist of the match. Gaez converted a one-on-one situation to set the final at 2-0.

    NC State returns to action Friday, September 21 with its first ACC road game at Clemson. The Pack kicks off at 7 p.m., live stats will be linked to, and fans can follow Twitter updates from @PackMensSoccer.



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