#15 M. Soccer Faces #6 UVa in ACC Championship
NC State Faces Virginia in ACC Tournament Finals: The seventh-seeded NC State men's soccer team will face fifth-seeded Virginia in the finals of the ACC Tournament Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and televised on Fox Sports South. This year’s tournament will be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The Wolfpack (13-5-2, 2-5-1 ACC) advanced past No. 2 North Carolina on penalty kicks on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. After a scorless 110 minutes, NC State outlasted UNC 4-1 on penalty kicks. In the semifinals, the Pack downed Boston College, 1-0, when a goal in the seventh minute was the game's lone score.
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.
NC State won the 1990 ACC Tournament, the same year the Wolfpack advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. That season, NC State entered the tournament with a 3-3 mark in ACC regualr season play, but downed Maryland (3-1), Clemson (3-1), and Virginia (2-1) to win the title.
Wolfpack and Cavaliers in the ACC Tournament: Sunday's match-up between the Pack and the Cavs will be the sixth time the two teams have met in the ACC Tournament. Virginia currently holds a 3-1-1 advantage.
After a Wolfpack foul, LaBauex connected on a restart from 25 yards out, to score the only goal of the game at the 20:42 mark.
The game was a defensive battle throughout, as the two teams combined for only 12 shots, with Virginia having a slight 7-5 edge. Virginia’s Diego Restrepo earned the shutout with three saves, while NC State’s Christopher Widman finished with two in the Pack’s goal.
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 ranks second on the Pack in points (23), goals (7), and (9). Sanchez is fourth in the ACC in points, eighth in goals, and fifth 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 26. He also leads the Pack with his eight goals and 10 assists on the year. In the ACC rankings, Bouemboue is second in points, fourth in goals, and second in assists.
Widman has played every minute in goal this season, and has set new career-bests with nine shutouts and a GAA of 0.82.
The nine shutouts this season are the third-most for a single season in school history. Widman also ranks second in the conference with his nine clean sheets.
In ACC Tournament action, Widman has been perfect thus far. In 200 minutes of action in the Pack's first two games, Widman has yet to allow a goal. He came up big in the penalty kick round against UNC, as Widman saved two of the three attempts.
Widman has been helped by his defenders, outside defenders Korede Aiyegbusi and Lucas Carpenter and central defenders Tyler Lassiter and Romulo Manzano.
Forward Ronnie Bouemboue, midfielder Alan Sanchez, defender Korede Aiyegbusi and goalkeeper Christopher Widman have all started every game this year.