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NC State Bests Men's Soccer in Double OT

Boston College Men’s Soccer lost 1-0 in heartbreaking fashion against NC State Friday in Raleigh, North Carolina. The only goal in the game came in double overtime with two minutes left from the Wolfpacks’ Luke Hille. With it, the win and the Eagles’ best chance at securing an ACC tournament home game slipped away.

Hille stepped up as the hero for NC State in the 108th minute. Noe Cabezas drove towards the left flank, taking the ball into the box before chipping it to an unmarked Hille, standing at the edge of the six-yard box. Hille headed the ball into the left corner of the box, past keeper Christian Garner, ending the game and giving NC State their first ACC win of the season.

The drama started in the 81st minute, however, when Sam White was shown a red card for taking down an NC State player. White was already on a yellow when the referee made his decision, ultimately convincing the referee to show White the red. The Eagles would play down a man for the remaining nine minutes of regulation and then the additional 17 minutes of overtime.

NC State looked to have secured the perfect chance to end the game in the 103rd minute when Eagles’ defender Victor Souza was called for pulling down a Wolfpack player inside the box. Mortiz Frahm and the Eagles argued strenuously, but were only rewarded with Frahm being handed a yellow card.

Hille stepped up to the penalty spot to take the kick for the Wolfpack, waiting patiently in an attempt to ice keeper Brennan Klein. On the whistle, Hille took three steps before striking the ball hard towards the left-post, mid-height. Klein, having taken a step towards the right, dove to the left, punching the ball away to make the save and preserving the score at nil-nil.

A minute later, the Eagles were forced to switch goalkeepers. Brennan Klein had made a diving block in the 84th minute, sprawling to his left to push the ball away from the post. The second chance ball was called offsides on NC State, but Klein remained on the ground, clutching his shoulder. Although cleared to play, diving to his left on the penalty kick had made the pain unbearable, and Klein exited the game. Garner would play the remaining time.

The Eagles were outshot 26 to five. They registered one shot—not on frame—in the first half. The offense struggled to generate shots or mount significant pressure while the defense gave up seven corner kicks in the first half, often unable to clear the first ball in.

Aidan Farwell had a chance to put the Eagles up by a goal in the 76th minute, but Wolfpack keeper Leon Krapf blocked the ball with his face to keep the game scoreless. Farwell was in alone with the keeper after beating his defender off a perfectly sent through ball from Kristofer Konradsson.

Drew Serafino also stepped up for the Eagles, continuing to develop as a playmaker on either wing. Smart with the ball, Serafino managed to win a valuable free-kick just outside the Wolfpack’s box in the 68th minute. 

The Eagles finish the regular season at 6-6-2 and have a 2-4-2 ACC record. The team enters the ACC tournament as the No.9 seed and will play Virginia Tech Wednesday in Blacksburg at 7:00 p.m.  

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