COLLEGE PARK, Md. — N.C. State stormed out of the gate to take a 2-0 advantage in the first 13 minutes, but a steady comeback effort from Virginia Tech eventually proved to be too much, as the Hokies escaped with a 3-2 win Monday in the ACC men’s soccer tournament.
“We’ve been talking about maturity and growing as a team all year,” Wolfpack coach Kelly Findley said. “Unfortunately, this performance turned out to be indicative of our need to be more mature in championship moments.”
Overshadowed by the season-ending loss were Alex Martinez’s goal and assist. He assisted Philip Carmon’s goal in the seventh minute, a strike from 4 yards to the near post to give the Wolfpack (10-10) a 1-0 lead. Carmon’s goal was the first of his career.
Martinez added a goal in the 13th minute, taking a long-range pass and scoring from 10 yards.
David Clemens scored two goals and Jed Prater had the other for the Hokies (7-9-3), who will play top-seeded Maryland on Tuesday.