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MSOC: Pack blanks Liberty, 2-0

Posted October 23, 2013

NC State men’s soccer secured a 2-0 victory over Liberty on Tuesday night at Dail Soccer Stadium behind goals from Nick Surkamp and Alex Martinez.

“We had a very complete performance tonight,” said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. “We held possession for most of the first half, maybe let them into the game for a portion of the second half, but we scored a good goal and finished the game off. It’s always good to post a shutout, and we were able to run several guys through, so hopefully we’ll have fresh legs going forward.”

Goalkeeper Fabian Otte turned in his fourth shutout of the season for the Wolfpack (5-4-4), and 12th of his career to pull into eighth on the Pack’s all-time leaderboard. Otte was only forced to make one save on the evening, thanks to superb play from the Wolfpack defense.

State outshot the Flames 12-4 on the night, and earned five corners to Liberty’s two. Holding a 1-0 lead, the Pack allowed just one shot over the final 45 minutes to cement the win.

Surkamp scored the first goal of the match in the 20th minute. Gbenga Makinde started the play with a cross to the right side of the Liberty (7-6) net. Ryan Metts collected the cross and fought through a defender to deliver his first assist of the year. Surkamp tapped home the pass from Metts, inside the right post.

The Wolfpack had to withstand mounting pressure during the second half as Liberty looked for an equalizer. State’s back line proved up to the task, denying the Flames from generating any quality chances.

Martinez sealed the match in the 81st minute. Danny DiPrima created a turnover at midfield and slipped a through pass to Martinez up the right side. Martinez knifed his way into the Liberty box on one touch and drove his second goal of the year into the left half of the net.

The Wolfpack returns to action on Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. when NC State hosts Virginia Tech in a pivotal Atlantic Coast Conference tilt. Streaming coverage will be provided by GoPack All-Access. 

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Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
CIN 7
CHC 2
Final
DET 3
NYY 2
Final
SFG 4
COL 1
Final
BAL 5
TAM 4
Final
NYM 1
ATL 6
Final
CWS 2
CLE 3
 
10th
KAN 5
MIN 5
 
Final
HOU 4
TEX 2
 
5th
ANA 3
OAK 0
 
Final
SCAR 28
TEXAM 52
Final
LAMON 17
WAKE 10
 
Final
MISS 35
BSU 13
 
4th
TULSA 28
TULA 28
 
2nd
WASU 17
RUTG 21
 
2nd
ARST 17
WEBER 0
 
2nd
VANDY 0
TEMPL 7
 
Final
JAC 14
ATL 24
 
Final
BUF 0
DET 23
 
Final
CIN 35
IND 7
 
Final
GBP 34
KAN 14
 
Final
PHI 37
NYJ 7
 
Final
MIA 14
STL 13
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
NYG 16
NEP 13
 
Final
TAM 10
WAS 24
 
Final
NOS 13
BAL 22
 
Final
CLE 33
CHI 13
 
Final
DAL 3
DEN 27
 
Final
TEN 3
MIN 19
 
Final
HOU 13
SFX 40
 
Half
SDC 9
ARI 6
 
2nd
OAK 28
SEA 14
 
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5