Sept. 23, 2011
RALEIGH, NC – Clemson’s Bryniar Benediktsson scored the winning goal deep in the second overtime period, as the Tigers defeated N.C. State 2-1, in an Atlantic Coast Conference men’s soccer match Friday night at Dail Soccer Field in Raleigh, NC.
Clemson improves to 2-4 overall, 1-2 in the ACC. N.C. State falls to 3-3-2 overall and 0-2 in league play.
The two teams were knotted at 1-1 in the final minute of the second overtime period, when Benediktsson received a long clearance and recorded the winning goal with just :29 seconds left in the game. Iain Smith was credited with the assist. This was Benediktsson’s second goal this year.
Both teams recorded a goal in the first half of play. The Wolfpack struck first in the 22nd minute of action. Nazmi Albadawi and Monbo Bokar worked a quick give-and-go into the box, and Albadawi notched his second tally of the season at the 21:34 mark.
The lead would not last long however, as Clemson found the back of the net just :31 seconds later. Ara Amirkhanian took a shot from 25 yards out that was deflected by a Pack defender and rolled into the net at the 22:05 mark. This was his first goal of the season.
NC State was awarded a penalty kick in the 70th minute, but Justin Willis’ attempt was saved by Clemson keeper Cody Mizell.
The Pack outshot Clemson 19-12 on the day, with the Tiger’s Mizell making eight saves in goal compared to three saves for the Wolfpack’s Fabian Otte.
Clemson will play host to Gardner-Webb on Tuesday, September 27, in the Tigers’ next action.
Clemson 2, N.C. State (2OT)
N.C. State – Nazmi Albadawi (Monbo Bokar) 21:34 Clemson – Ara Amirkhanian (Unassisted) 22:05 Clemson – Bryniar Benediktsson (Iain Smith) 109:31
Shots: Clemson 12, N.C. State 19 Corner Kicks: Clemson 9, N.C. State 5 Saves: Cody Mizell (CU) 8, Fabian Otte (NCSU) 3 Fouls: Clemson 11, N.C. State 9 Attendance: 1,056
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