NC State Doubles Up Virginia Tech, 6-3, In ACC Men's Soccer Championship Opener
Nov. 9, 2010
The Wolfpack (10-7-2) advanced to the quarterfinal round and will take on top-seeded North Carolina on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Both teams were active offensively early in the first half. In the seventh minute of the match, Virginia Tech's Patrick Huang ripped a shot in the box, which was saved by NC State goalkeeper Carolos Villa. The Wolfpack got in on the action at in the 10th minute, when John Lung'aho missed high in his first attempt on goal.
The Hokies (5-13-1) were the first to get on the board, when, in the 21st minute, Evan Slusser received a pass from Mikey Minutillo and Greg Cochrane and sent it to the back of the net. The goal, his second of the season, gave the Hokies a 1-0 lead in the match.
The Wolfpack did not wait long to counter. Soon after, a Zane Tharakan throw-in was received by Lung'aho, who scored the first goal of the game for NC State, knotting the score at 1-1.
In the 28th minute, Tyler Lassiter crossed the ball into the box, where Akil DeFreitas received it and sent it to the back of the net, good for his fifth goal of the season. The score gave NC State its first lead of the game, 2-1.
Virginia Tech won the shots battle in the opening half, earning six to NC State's five. Both squads had two shots on goal and two assists.
The Hokies tied the score at 2-2 in the 49th minute of play. Cochrane took a corner kick from Patrick Huang and headed in his second goal of the season.
In the 57th minute of play, NC State was whistled for a foul in the box, resulting in a Hokie penalty kick. Senior Clarke Bentley took the shot for Virginia Tech, knocking it in the net for his sixth goal of the season, giving his squad a 3-2 lead in the match.
The game continued to be an offensive battle in the 70th minute, when NC State's Gbengha Makinde took a strong shot on goal, which was saved by Virginia Tech goalkeeper Thomas St. Germain. However, St. Germain could not maintain possession of the ball, and Makinde followed his initial shot, tapping it past the keeper for his first goal of 2010.
The Wolfpack regained the lead soon after, when Watt Williams took a pass from Lung'aho and Sutherland to net his first goal this season. The 4-3 score marked the first time since 2006 two teams had scored seven goals in an ACC Men's Soccer Championship game.
The score did not stand for long. Only 41 seconds later, NC State took a 5-3 lead, when Michael Smith earned his fourth goal of the season off of the assist by Sutherland and Chris Zuerner. The eight total goals tied the highest goal total of an ACC Men's Soccer Championship matchup since 1997, when Wake Forest defeated NC State 8-0.
In the 86th minute, NC State notched yet another score, giving the Wolfpack a 6-3 lead, off of a Chandler Knox goal from Makinde and Williams. The score marked his second of the season, and set the ACC Men's Soccer Championship record for total goals by two teams in a single game.
NC State head coach George Tarantini described the significance of scoring such high number of goals in a tournament game.
"It's a funny game," he said. "We scored mostly at the end, and Virginia Tech did a great job for 75 minutes.
"You look at this conference, and except for North Carolina and Maryland, who kind of ran the table, everybody has two or three good wins, and that's what makes this a great tournament. Every single game you have to fight for everything you have."
NC State edged out Virginia Tech in shots on goal, earning eight to the Hokies' five. In addition, the Wolfpack dished out eight assists in the match.
Virginia Tech head coach Mike Brizendine said, "It was really disappointing to lose today. I felt really good about the game. I was comfortable, and the game seemed to be going both ways."
Wednesday's NC State-UNC quarterfinal will be a rematch of last season, when the No. 7 seeded Wolfpack advanced past the No. 2-seeded Tar Heels on penalty kicks en route to reaching the ACC Championship title game.
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