NC State Falls to #18 Virginia 4-0 In Men's Soccer Action
Sept. 28, 2002
Charlottesville, Va. - NC State fell on the road to #18 ranked University of Virginia in men's soccer action Saturday night at Klöckner Stadium. UVa scored three first half goals and added another score in the second period to down the Wolfpack 4-0.
The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead at the 23:28 mark when Alecko Eskandarian gathered a loose ball in the box off a deflected shot by teammate Rob Wright and stuck it in the N.C. State goal for the first score of the match. Eskandarian added another goal at the 35:47 mark when Jacob LeBlanc sent a cross into the box that Eskandarian chipped into the goal to give Virginia a 2-0 lead. With just 37 seconds remaining in the first half, Wright headed in a corner kick cross from Eskandarian to give UVa a 3-0 lead at the 44:33 mark.
Virginia added one more goal in the second period to extend its lead to 4-0 when Phillip Long scored his first career goal at UVa on a Paul Johnson cross to Long, who then one-timed a shot from 15-yards out.
Wolfpack goalie Mitchell Watson gathered seven saves in the loss. Aaron King had three shots, two on goal, while Chris Gannon and Michael Karim also offered offensive momentum with a shot on goal a piece.
With the victory, Virginia improves its record to 4-4-0 overall, 1-2-0 in the ACC. With the loss, N.C. State falls to 2-6-0 overall, 0-3-0 in the conference.
The Wolfpackwill return to home action on Wednesday when N.C. State hosts the Radford Highlanders in a non-conference match. The contest is scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM and will be played at the Method Road Soccer Stadium.
Scoring 1 2 F N.C. State (2-6-0, 0-3-0 ACC) 0 0 0 #18 Virginia (4-4-0, 1-2-0 ACC) 3 1 4