Men's Soccer Falls at No. 20 South Carolina, 1-0
Oct. 12, 2010
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The NC State men's soccer team fell at No. 20 South Carolina Tuesday night, 1-0. After a scoreless first half, the Gamecocks (7-3-1) scored just seconds into the second half to down the visiting Wolfpack (5-6).
Most of the first half was played in the middle of the field. South Carolina had four first-half shots, two of which were blocked well away from goal, while the others went wide. The Pack did not have a shot in the first 45 minutes.
South Carolina got on the scoreboard when Bradlee Baladez scored his fourth goal of the season off of a Brett Schneider cross just 53 seconds into the second half.
NC State's first shot of the contest came from freshman John Lung'aho, as his header off a Michael Smith corner kick went wide in the 48th minute. The Pack had a couple more opportunities just 48 seconds apart in the 53rd minute when Chandler Knox put a pair of headers over the South Carolina crossbar.
The first good scoring opportunity for the Pack would come in the 65th minute. Freshman Christopher Figueroa fed a ball through to Craig Sutherland behind the Gamecocks' defense, but Sutherland's shot rolled wide of the goal.
NC State also found a good opportunity in the 74th minute. Sophomore David Brown collected a loose ball on the back post, but his shot also went wide. The Pack's best scoring chance came in the 85th minute, when Tyler Lassiter fired a shot towards goal, only to have a South Carolina defender clear it off the backline just as it appeared to be the tying score.
After being held without a shot in the first half, NC State had 10 second-half shots to go along with eight corner kicks in the second 45 minutes of play. USC's Jimmy Maurer made just one save for the shutout.
NC State will return to conference action this weekend, as the Pack travels to Wake Forest for a 7 p.m. contest on Saturday.
NCSU 0 0 -- 0
Scoring: USC-Baladez from Schneider at 45:53
Shots: NCSU 10, USC 9
Records: NC State 5-6; South Carolina 7-3-1