October 18, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. – The 23rd-ranked NC State men’s soccer team (7-3-3, 3-2-1) played to a hard-fought 0-0 draw in double overtime at Atlantic Coast Conference foe Duke (6-5-2, 2-3-1) Friday evening inside Koskinen Stadium.
NC State held 60 percent of the possession and outshot the Blue Devils by a final count of 11-8, but the Wolfpack couldn’t quite find the back of the net, hitting the crossbar once and forcing Duke goalkeeper Will Pulisic into three saves. Wolfpack goalkeeper Vincent Durand made two saves of his own as he helped to extend the team’s shutout streak to 220 consecutive minutes. Junior captain David Norris also played a large role in this defensive effort, clearing a ball off the line in the waning moments of the second overtime period.
NC State controlled a vast majority of the possession in the first half and outshot the Blue Devils 3-1. The Wolfpack generated the two best chances of the opening 45 minutes: Kuda Muskwe guided a header just wide of the near post in the 18th minute and Gabriel Machado hit a hard shot on target in the 31st that was saved by Pulisic. Midfielder David Loera was integral in creating both scoring chances.
The Wolfpack generated multiple quality scoring chances in the second half. Muskwe ripped a shot from 25 yards out in the 60th minute that skimmed off the right post and Ivy Brisma chipped goalkeeper Will Pulisic in the 86th, but his attempt squarely hit the crossbar. Duke’s leading scorer Daniele Proch very nearly scored in the 85th minute, as his 22-yard free kick beat the Wolfpack wall and rang right off the face of the crossbar.
NC State returns to action at home on Tuesday, Oct. 22 when Elon comes to Raleigh. Kickoff between the Wolfpack and Phoenix is scheduled for 7 pm from Dail Soccer Stadium with live streaming coverage provided by ACCNX.
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