#15 Men's Soccer Battle #2 UNC at ACC Tournament
NC State Faces North Carolina at ACC Tournament: The seventh-seeded NC State men's soccer team will face second-seeded North Carolina in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. This year’s tournament will be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The Wolfpack (12-5-1, 2-5-1 ACC) comes into the ACC Tournament having won eight of its last 11 games. NC State finished the non-conference portion of the schedule with a perfect 10-0 record, the only ACC team without a loss or tie.
NC State has been ranked the last 10 weeks. The Pack currently checks in at No. 15 in CollegeSoccerNews.com, No. 20 by both the NSCAA and Soccer Times, No. 23 in Soccer America, and 25th in the last RPI rankings.
The winner of the game will face Boston College or Duke on Friday at 8:00 p.m.
NC State would get on the scoreboard early, just over one minute into the game. Senior Romulo Manzano played a long clear from midfield, where classmate Ronnie Boumeboue got his head on it and knocked it back. Senior Alan Sanchez ran onto the ball, and lofted a shot over the keeper into the net at the just 1:10 into the contest.
The Pack almost knocked home another score at the five minute mark. Sanchez dribbled into the box and slotted a pass over to sophomore Kris Byrd, who beat the keeper with his touch but the ball was cleared out by a UNC defender.
North Carolina would even the game in the 33rd minute. UNC’s Enzo Martinez was fouled in the Pack’s penalty box, and Zach Loyd converted the penalty kick at the 32:58 mark.
The two teams went into the half tied at 1-1 in a more defensive first half. The two teams combined for just six shots, with UNC holding the 4-2 advantage after 45 minutes.
Neither team had too many chances in the second half, but the Tar Heels would convert the best opportunity in the second half. Enzo Martinez found Michael Farfan down the right sideline, and Farfan took the ball into the box and found the back of the net at the 64:19 mark for the final goal.
UNC won the shot count, 9-5. North Carolina’s Brooks Haggerty made two saves on the day, while NC State’s Christopher Widman finished with five.
Sanchez, Bouemboue Collect ACC Honors: Seniors Alan Sanchez and Ronnie Bouemboue were each named to the 2009 ACC all-conference team. Sanchez snagged first-team honors, while Bouemboue appeared on the second-team.
For the third time in his career, Sanchez was named to the ACC’s all-conference squad. As a freshman in 2006, he was named second-team, and repeated that honor last season. Sanchez is the first Pack player to be named to the ACC’s first-team since Aaron King in 2005.
Sanchez is tied for the team lead with seven goals thus far, and ranks second on the Pack in both points (22) and assists (8). Sanchez is fifth in the ACC in points, eighth in goals, and sixth in asssits.
Beoumeboue was named to the All-ACC second-team for the second straight season. The senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., currently leads the Pack in points with 24. He also holds the team lead with 10 assists, and is tied with Sanchez for tops on the squad with seven goals. In the ACC rankings, Bouemboue is third in points, eighth in goals, and third in assists.
Widman has played every minute in goal this season, and has set new career-bests with seven shutouts and a GAA of 0.92.
Widman has been helped by his defenders, outside defenders Korede Aiyegbusi and Lucas Carpenter and central defenders Tyler Lassiter and Romulo Manzano.