October 15, 2019
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The 23rd-ranked NC State men’s soccer team (7-3-2) outshot South Carolina (5-6-2) by a 15-5 margin on Tuesday evening, but ultimately played to a 0-0 draw in double overtime against the Gamecocks inside Stone Stadium.
NC State nearly won the match in the 101st minute when Pepe Garcia collected a cross and hit a shot on target from very close range. South Carolina goalkeeper Nick Brady dove to make one of his six saves of the evening, denying the Wolfpack a potential match-winning goal that the game officials ruled did not cross the line.
David Loera led the Wolfpack with three shots on the evening, while five of his teammates chipped in two apiece. In total, eight NC State student-athletes recorded at least one shot during the course of the match. Goalkeeper Vincent Durand made one important save to preserve his fifth shutout of the season.
-NC State leads the series with South Carolina 10-9-2.
-The Wolfpack is unbeaten in the last three matches vs. the Gamecocks.
-In two of its last three matches, NC State has allowed one or fewer shots on target.
NC State spent nearly the entire first half on the attack, generating four total shots against just one for South Carolina, testing Brady on two occasions. He made saves on attempts by Gabriel Machado in the third minute and Loera in the 14th minute to keep things scoreless headed into the halftime break.
South Carolina generated a good scoring chance in the 69th minute when Luca Mayr hit a right-footed shot on target from 22 yards away. The shot took a mean curve, dipping off to the right, but Durand was not fooled and made an impressive diving save to keep the Gamecocks off the board.
The Wolfpack outshot the Gamecocks 7-0 over the course of the two overtime periods, but couldn’t quite find the match-winning goal.
NC State returns to Atlantic Coast Conference play on Friday evening when it visits Duke. Kickoff from Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C., is scheduled for 7 pm with live television coverage provided by the ACC’s Regional Sports Network (RSN) affiliates.
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