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MSOC: Pack Edged 2-1 by No. 2 Notre Dame

Posted October 21, 2013

NC State men’s soccer became only the third team this season to take a lead against No. 2 Notre Dame, but eventually fell 2-1 on Saturday night at Dail Soccer Stadium.

The Wolfpack (4-4-4, 1-4-3 ACC) fought early to craft a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute on Danny DiPrima’s first goal of the season. Alex Martinez took credit for the assist, after navigating down the left side of the Irish (8-0-5, 5-0-3) defense before sending a cross to DiPrima to touch home from in front of the right post.

State controlled the rest of the half to take a 1-0 lead into the locker room, joining North Carolina as the only two teams to lead Notre Dame at intermission this year.

“I thought we played well,” said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. “We went into the half ahead 1-0, and even in the second half I thought we had good moments. We gave up one chance really, and they had a guy get around and score a good goal on the near post. It’s disappointing to go up early and not be able to maintain that lead.”

The Irish roared back in the second half, finding the equalizer in the 54th minute on Patrick Hodan’s fourth goal of the year, assisted by Connor Klekota. Notre Dame added to that lead in the 65th minute on Max Lachowecki’s strike from the left side from Hodan and Harrison Shipp.

The Pack faced a 2-1 deficit for the final 25 minutes, and came up with several opportunities to knot the score. Michael Bajza targeted Nick Surkamp on the through pass in the 77th minute before Surkamp was nudged off course. Two minutes later, Surkamp manufactured a loose ball in front of the net on his deep throw-in, but the Wolfpack was whistled for a foul to end the threat.

State poured on the pressure again in the closing minutes. Martinez fired shots on goal in back-to-back possessions during the 85th minute. A flurry of action closed the game as the Pack rallied to produce a throw-in and a corner in the final seconds .

NC State returns to action on Tuesday, October 22 to host Liberty at 7 p.m. Streaming coverage will be provided by GoPack All-Access. Fans can also follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, or on Twitter via @PackMensSoccer.

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Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
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CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
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BOS 102
WAS 118
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DEN 112
GSW 116
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POR 110
LAC 104
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SAC 99
PHO 104
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TAM 4
MON 5
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PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
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DUR 6
NOR 9
 
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