RALEIGH – Over the course of a match with little offensive production from the Wolfpack, goalkeeper Leon Krapf shined with 4 saves that helped the Wolfpack on the defensive end. Krapf made one highlight save in the 89th minute that would’ve been devastating for the Wolfpack faithful if it would’ve gotten by him. Through both overtime periods both overtime periods, both sides remained scoreless and the game would end in a draw.
Leon, the sophomore goalkeeper from Germany, is in his second season with the Wolfpack has been very good for the team so far this season. Krapf had previously earned ACC defensive player of the week last month and is now off to another strong start earning his 12th shutout of his career.
NC State recorded 7 shots on the night with only 1 shot on target. The Dukes had 15 shots with 5 on goal. James Madison led the way with 9 corner kicks while NC State only had 3. Although neither team could capitalize off of the set pieces. The Dukes also made 13 fouls and the Wolfpack only had 10 fouls. Each team had yellow cards on both sides. The Dukes had 3 total and the Wolfpack had one yellow card coming in the 65th minute on forward Ade Taiwo.
Brad Sweeney, a Wolfpack midfielder, had a free kick opportunity in the 74th minute, but the shot was saved by James Madison goalkeeper, TJ Bush. Forward, David Loera, had an attempt at the back of the net in the 87th minute but his shot was blocked a sliding James Madison defender.
This tie results in NC State remaining undefeated at home this season, improving their home record to 5-0-2 and their overall record to 6-2-2. Also, under coach George Kiefer the Wolfpack still remain undefeated in the month of October (4-0-4).
NC State returns to conference play Friday Night at 7 pm as they face Boston College at Newton Campus Lacrosse & Soccer Field.