MSOC: Pack races past App State, 4-1
Posted October 30, 2013
NC State men’s soccer raced past Appalachian State 4-1 behind goals from Nazmi Albadawi, Clement Simonin, Moss Jackson-Atogi, and Nick Surkamp on Tuesday night at Dail Soccer Stadium.
The Wolfpack (7-4-4) scoring onslaught began with Albadawi’s goal in the third minute. Gbenga Makinde set up the goal with his fourth assist of the year, touching a pass forward to Albadawi on the top left corner of the box. Albadawi has three goals and two assists in two matches since returning from an injury that sidelined him for nearly the entire month of October.
“I can’t imagine what the season would be like if we had Nazmi for every game,” said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. “I’m not surprised he’s been able to come back and score goals. We had a great senior night, and got good minutes for a lot of guys to conserve our legs heading to Maryland.”
State stretched its lead to 2-0 in the 22nd minute when Surkamp found Simonin on a deep throw-in from the Appalachian State (3-6-6) half. Simonin finished with a left-footed side volley to earn the Pack some breathing room.
After taking a 2-0 advantage to the break, Jackson-Atogi scored on an Alex Martinez cross to the front of the net in the 48th minute. Jackson-Atogi headed it back to the right post for his first goal of the year. The assist is Martinez’s eighth of the season.
Trailing 3-0, the Mountaineers found the scoring touch in the 49th minute, when Patrick Harrow deposited a free kick from 30 yards into the Wolfpack net. State answered almost immediately, as Albadawi sent a through ball to Surkamp in the 50th minute for Surkamp’s seventh goal of the season, setting the final at 4-1.
Wolfpack goalkeeper Fabian Otte finished the night with four saves. A total of 20 different players saw action as the Pack wrapped up its home schedule.
Prior to the match, NC State’s Nazmi Albadawi, Robert Beatty, Danny DiPrima, Gbenga Makinde, Alex Martinez, Michael Osei, Fabian Otte, Jorge Risquez, and Mario Samperio were honored for senior night.
NC State returns to action at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 1 at Maryland.