September 14, 2019
RALEIGH – The NC State men’s soccer team (3-1-1, 1-0-0 ACC) defeated previously unbeaten Boston College (4-1-0, 0-1-0 ACC) in its 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference opener on Saturday evening inside Dail Soccer Stadium.
NC State earned its lead in the first half, controlling much of the play and outshooting Boston College by a 7-2 margin in the opening 45 minutes. Early shots by Kuda Muskwe and Jamie Smith forced Eagles’ goalkeeper Giacomo Piccardo to make two challenging saves in the first 10 minutes. The Wolfpack broke the deadlock in the 24th minute on a corner kick from Gabriel Machado that freshman defender Pablo Pedregosa hit on a volley inside the far post. The goal was Pedregosa’s second in his last two matches and was the fourth assist of Machado’s NC State career.
The Wolfpack’s defensive unit of Pedregosa, Smith, and David Norris was very strong throughout the evening, only allowing one shot on target in 90 minutes. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Vincent Durand made a diving stop in the 73rd minute on Mike Suski’s low attempt.
-NC State has won two straight matches against Boston College and pulled closer in the all-time series (7-8-3) with Saturday’s victory. NC State is 3-0-1 in the last four meetings with Boston College in Raleigh.
-The Wolfpack outshot its opponent for the fourth time in five matches this season.
-Boston College entered the match averaging 16 shots per contest. NC State held the Eagles to just seven attempts in 90 minutes.
-NC State was one of just two ACC teams to earn a shutout victory in its first league match of the season (Wake Forest).
NC State returns to action at home on Tuesday, Sept. 17 when College of Charleston comes to town. Kickoff between the Wolfpack and Cougars is scheduled for 7 pm from Dail Soccer Stadium with live streaming coverage provided by ACCNX.
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