Sept. 25, 2012
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RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State prevailed 2-0 over Gardner-Webb Tuesday night at Dail Soccer Field behind goals from Monbo Bokar and Alex Martinez.
The Wolfpack (7-3) utterly dominated possession from start to finish, outshooting the Bulldogs (0-7-1) 18-2 on the evening.
"We rebounded quite a bit from a very, very tough week," said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. "I was glad to see the guys moving the ball well, especially in the first half. I thought we started the game with a lot of confidence. We were able to do more than just squeak out a victory, and that was the goal tonight."
Monbo Bokar pushed the Pack ahead 1-0 in the seventh minute. Martinez worked the ball into the left side of the Gardner-Webb box along the end line, lofting a short cross to the middle of the field. From short range, Bokar volleyed the pass with his left foot to the left half of the goal. The score marks Bokar's fourth of the year, the assist represents Martinez's fifth, good for the team lead.
State held that advantage for nearly 25 minutes before extending the lead. In the 32nd minute, Martinez scored his eighth goal of the season on a heady play from the top of the box. Play was halted on a Bulldog foul, granting State a free kick from straight on. Martinez hustled into position and played the ball quickly, catching Gardner-Webb off its guard. That shot raced into the left half of the net to set the final margin at 2-0.
The Pack held that lead for the remainder of the contest, while continuing to force the issue offensively. Moritz Steidten had one of State's best chances in the second half, rocketing a shot off of a Bulldog defender from inside the box after a cross by Philip Carmon.
Joe Mills anchored the Pack's sterling defensive performance, earning his first career shutout with two saves in the match. State allowed only one Bulldog shot per half, outstriking Gardner-Webb 11-1 over the first half and 7-1 in the second. The Wolfpack landed six of its 18 shots on goal.
NC State returns to action Friday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass. for an ACC battle with Boston College. Kick-off for that match is slated for 7 p.m. Fans can follow Twitter updates from @PackMensSoccer and live stats from GoPack.com.