RALEIGH, N.C. – The Belmont University men's soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision against North Carolina State on Tuesday night in Raleigh, N.C.
The Wolfpack came out of the gate quickly registering their first shot in just the fourth minute of the game, but the ball was overshot.
The Bruins launched a counter attack in which junior Creaghan Diekema (Grand Rapids, Mich.) put a great cross in the box, but freshman Nigel Leo (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) was not able to get a foot on the ball.
The Bruins would be awarded corker kicks in both the eighth and ninth minutes of the game, but were not able to capitalize on either opportunity.
In the 15th minute of the match, junior Alex Seeley (Longmont, Colo.) recorded his lone save of the game. The Wolfpack were awarded a free kick just outside the box. The kick was put on goal, but Seeley made the easy save to keep NC State off the board.
Freshman Itzik Efraim (Even Sapir, Jarusalem) and senior Dan Brown (Franklin, Tenn.) were invaluable to the Bruin back line tonight. In the 19th minute, Efraim and Brown worked together to keep a charging NC State forward from being able to get a shot off.
The Bruins didn't record a shot in the first half, but had a lot of promising attacks. "While we didn't get a lot of shots, our attack created some opportunities that just didn't materialize into shots, but led to corner kicks or were dangerous crosses," said Head Coach Bryan Green. The Bruins would head into halftime at 0-0.
NC State picked up their intensity in the second frame. Just five minutes into the period, the Wolfpack would score after a short corner setup a header that flew into the top corner of the net.
Belmont responded well and picked up intensity after allowing the first goal, but the Wolfpack wouldn't let off the gas.
Freshman Esteban Lestido (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) would register the only Belmont shot of the night from nearly 30 yards out, but his shot flew high.
In the 58th minute, David Leora struck the ball from 22 yards out that squeezed its way inside the left goal post to give NC State a 3-0 lead.
The Wolfpack would net their final goal of the night in the 85th minute of the match.
The Bruins eventually fell 3-0 to the Wolfpack.
"NC State was a good team. I think our defending and pressure rattled them a little in the first half. When they got the goal it settled them and made us chase a little bit more. We are excited to come back home and play in front of our fans. It has been a tough three-game stretch and being at home will be a good lift," said Green.
Belmont will be back on their home pitch after a three-game road stint on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT to take on conference foe Wright State.