Sept. 28, 2012
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - NC State dropped a 2-1 decision at Boston College Friday night after holding the Eagles scoreless for the first 61 minutes of action.
“To be honest, I was pleased with our effort,” said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. “The guys fought and scrapped in a torrential downpour on a turf field. We moved the ball well, created chances, but sometimes soccer doesn’t go your way. This was a performance, especially defensively, that we can build on for the second half of the year.”
The Wolfpack (7-4, 0-3 ACC) grappled with Boston College (5-3-1, 1-1-1) through the first half and well into the second before the first punch of the match landed.
The Eagles’ Stefan Carter deposited a header into the Wolfpack net from three yards out, on assists from Charlie Rugg and Diego Medina-Mendez. Up to that point, the Pack defense had withstood a barrage of chances from BC. Fabian Otte registered five saves before giving up the goal.
Boston College used the momentum of that breakthrough to put the Wolfpack in an even deeper hole only minutes later. In the 66th minute, Rugg scored his fourth goal of the year on a sliding shot from five yards to beat the keeper on his left side. Medina-Mendez earned his second assist of the match on the play, which granted the Eagles a 2-0 advantage late.
State tried mightily to claw its way back into the contest. Monbo Bokar scored in the 86th minute, registering his fifth goal of the season. The closerange strike occurred thanks to Moss Jackson-Atogi’s assist, his first of the year.
Otte finished the game with seven saves, coming up one short of tying a career record set against SMU in 2011 and matched later that season against Duke.
“Our back four played really well,” said Findley. “Fabian had a huge presence in this game, and that helped us.”
The loss snaps a string during which NC State had won three of its last four meetings with the Eagles.
The Pack hopes to rebound on Friday, October 5 in a nationally televised contest against Duke. Fox Soccer Channel will carry live coverage from Dail Soccer Field beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fans can also follow live stats from GoPack.com, and Twitter updates from @PackMensSoccer.