Oct. 5, 2012
Box Score | Box Score
RALEIGH, N.C. - Despite outshooting Duke and mounting a number of chances late, NC State fell 1-0 Friday night at Dail Soccer Field after allowing a first half goal that provided the difference.
“We lacked conviction in the first half, and that cost us,” said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. “We were frustrated at giving up the early goal, and didn’t defend well. We had our chances to tie the game, but it comes down to big players stepping up.”
The Wolfpack (7-5, 0-4 ACC) had a number of opportunities to knot the score after the Blue Devils (4-5-1, 2-2-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute on Sebastien Ibeagha’s fifth goal of the season. Ibeagha scored on a header to the right half from Zach Mathers’s corner kick.
Perhaps State’s best chance came in the waning moments, when the Pack unleashed a flurry of shots on the Duke defense. Moritz Steidten put a shot on target that the defense deflected skyward to glance off of the crossbar. On a late corner, Moss Jackson-Atogi corralled a rebound and nearly slipped a shot along the ground into the right half, but again the opportunity slid away.
Alex Martinez made several runs into the Duke zone, eluding defenders at every turn, but failed to land any of his three shots on the mark. Monbo Bokar also had three shots, and almost had a look at the tying goal before a through ball from Jonathan Ray was knocked away at the last moment.
“We have to keep playing and trying to rebound,” said Findley. “Our process has been good, but it has to be good enough to win these games.”
Fabian Otte finished the game with four saves, and Matt Ingram claimed responsibility for a team save by booting a Duke shot off the goal line. State outshot the Blue Devils 15-12 on the game, and managed to land five on goal. The Pack also held the corner kick advantage 7-4.
NC State returns to action Tuesday, October 9 at 7 p.m. when the Wolfpack hosts Belmont. Live stats for that contest will be available on GoPack.com, and fans can follow Twitter updates from @PackMensSoccer.