Oct. 4, 2012
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NC State hosts Duke on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in a game televised nationally by the Regional Sports Network (RSN).
The Wolfpack (7-4, 0-3 ACC) suffered a 2-1 defeat at Boston College last Friday, but have enjoyed a week off in preparation for this crucial ACC test. The Blue Devils (3-5-1, 1-2-1) dropped a 2-1 overtime heartbreaker to North Carolina in their last test a week ago.
Alex Martinez highlights a Pack offense that ranks second in the ACC in both goals (24) and points (67). Martinez ranks third-nationally with 21 points, sixth with eight goals, and 15th with five assists, good for the ACC lead in points, goals, and shots. His three game-winning goals holds a share of the conference lead.
Monbo Bokar's five goals on the season earn him a share of second in the ACC. Bokar has yet to contribute a multi-goal outing, but he has scored in each of the Pack's last two contests. Jonathan Ray's four assists rank him fifth in the conference and 40th nationally.
In the last meeting between these two squads, Duke pulled away with a 4-2 win. State trails 23-54-6 in the all-time series. The Pack last defeated Duke 1-0 in overtime in 2009. The teams are 1-1-1 against each other over the last three meetings.
RSN will broadcast Friday night's game live on the following networks: FS South, FS Florida, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, NESN, and FS Arizona Plus. Fans can also follow Twitter updates from @PackMensSoccer, and live stats from GoPack.com.