Oct. 9, 2012
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RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Belmont on a chilly Tuesday night at Dail Soccer Field, despite outshooting the Bruins 16-5.
The Wolfpack (7-6) defense held Belmont (5-7-1) scoreless for 66 minutes before allowing the lone goal of the contest, but the Pack’s offense continued to struggle and failed to net an equalizer in response.
“We need to play with more passion overall,” said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. “Sometimes in these midweek games, it’s possible to take your opponent for granted. When we outshoot our opponent 16-5 and lose, it means we had one of those nights. It was a tough game, but I think we’re guilty of looking past Belmont.”
State had no shortage of opportunities to take command in the match, chief among those were a pair of chances by Nazmi Albadawi in his return from injury. Albadawi had been sidelined since September 7, but made his mark instantly.
In the 28th minute, Albadawi’s free kick from just outside the Belmont box wound up safely in the hands of the Bruins’ keeper. Later, in the 44th minute, Albadawi nearly converted a volley from 10 yards out, but his shot stayed inches north of the crossbar.
Belmont broke the scoreless tie in the 68th minute when Pedro Miranda slid in to redirect a cross from Brandon Tarr along the end line. The pass rolled across the goal, too far for Fabian Otte to reach, and Miranda’s slide lofted the ball into the left edge of the net.
The Pack responded furiously to try to even the score. In the final 10 minutes, Belmont rose to the challenge by turning away a deluge of Wolfpack strikes. The 78th minute saw NC State work the ball within inches of crossing the goalline, but a foul call turned over possession as the Bruins’ goalkeeper scrambled on the grass to cover the ball.
In the closing seconds, Zabarle Kollie had a shot blocked by the last line of defense, setting up an all-or-nothing corner kick. State won possession on the ensuing corner, but ran out of time in its attempt to put another shot on goal.
NC State returns to action Friday, October 12 in Blacksburg, Va. to take on Virginia Tech. Live stats will be available on GoPack.com, and fans can follow Twitter updates from @PackMensSoccer.