Oct. 1, 2013
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Boiling Springs, N.C. - NC State men's soccer netted a dramatic equalizer with five minutes remaining to tie Gardner-Webb 1-1 (2OT) on Tuesday night.
The Wolfpack (4-2-2) faced a 1-0 deficit after Denzel Clarke headed a GWU (4-4-1) corner from Marius Hammersmark in the 75th minute.
"I thought we had a good effort tonight," said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. "I'm disappointed to come away with a tie. I was pleased with our ability to come back, but disappointed we weren't more clinical with our finishing.
"When you create as many opportunities as we had tonight, you expect to score. I know we won't give away chances like that going forward. We had guys stepping up tonight, particularly Alex McCauley who played well for us in goal."
Sophomore Alex McCauley drew his first career start as the Pack keeper, and turned in a strong performance, saving seven Bulldog shots on the evening to keep NC State within range.
State evened the score during a sequence beginning in the 85th minute. Matt Ingram fired a shot that was blocked by the GWU defense, resulting in a Wolfpack corner. Michael Bajza sent it to the far post, but the Bulldogs managed to head it over the end line.
Martinez lined up the ensuing corner from the right side, and played a ball to the top of the box. His corner found Bajza there, who rifled a shot to the top left corner. The goal represents the first of Bajza's collegiate career, and the assist is Martinez's fourth on the season.
In 20 minutes of overtime, the Wolfpack outshot Gardner-Webb 8-2, landing three shots on target without finding the touch to provide the game-winner.
The Pack finished the game with 14 corners to six for GWU. State outshot the Bulldogs 33-14 overall and 14-8 in shots on goal.
NC State returns to action on Friday, October 4 at Syracuse. Live stats for that contest will be available on GoPack.com. Fans can also follow along with Twitter updates by following @PackMensSoccer.