Oct. 12, 2012
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BLACKSBURG, VA. - Behind Danny DiPrima’s goal in the 77th minute on an assist from Alex Martinez, NC State scored a crucial 1-0 road victory over Virginia Tech on Friday night.
“I’m very pleased with the road win,” said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. “At this time of year, you have to be willing to work and grind out wins. Our guys did a great job of that tonight. It’s been a tough spell for us lately, but we’re looking forward to finishing strong for the rest of the season.”
The Wolfpack (8-6, 1-4 ACC) took control of the match early, involving Martinez heavily, but could not break through in the first half. Emerging from the locker room tied 0-0, State continued to press the issue in the second half.
In the 64th minute, Martinez maneuvered into the Virginia Tech (5-6-2, 0-4-1) zone and found DiPrima with a pass to the far post. DiPrima chipped that pass into the net, but the goal was erased by the offside flag.
State rebounded admirably from having that goal wiped out, led by Fabian Otte’s efforts in goal. In the 67th minute, Otte punch away a free kick from dangerous territory, then smothered a second free kick seven minutes later. Otte finished the night with three saves in the shutout.
After weathering that flurry from the Hokie offense, the Pack broke the scoreless tie. In the 77th minute, Martinez made a run up the far side and lofted a perfect cross to DiPrima on the left side of the goal. DiPrima put his header on target to put State ahead 1-0. The goal marks DiPrima’s second of the year, the assist is Martinez’s sixth.
Down the stretch, the Wolfpack offense bore much of the burden of keeping Virginia Tech off the board. The Pack’s front line held possession for minutes at a time, relieving its back line of unwarranted pressure. A blocked shot in the 87th minute represented one of the few Hokie chances in the closing seconds.
NC State wins its fourth in a row over Virginia Tech, and secures its first ACC win of the season. The Wolfpack returns to action on Friday, October 19 with a visit to Wake Forest. Live stats for that contest will be available at GoPack.com. Fans can also follow Twitter updates from @PackMensSoccer.