PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Duke seniors Brian White and Cameron Moseley scored goals and freshman goalie Will Pulisic made a career-high matching four saves to lead Duke to a crucial 2-0 road victory over ACC foe Pittsburgh Friday night. The win is the ninth for the Blue Devils and gives Duke nine points in conference action.
Duke improves to 9-2-1 overall and 3-2-0 against conference opponents. Pittsburgh drops to 6-6-0 and 1-4-0 in league play. Pulisic garnered his fifth shutout of the year as Duke pushed its shutout streak to 229:53.
The Blue Devils controlled the run of play throughout the early portion of the half, but it was a mistake from the Panthers that led to Duke’s goal in the 15th minute. Pressuring high as it has done all season, Duke forced a Pitt defender to play back to his goalkeeper and White read the poorly paced pass and intercepted it for his seventh tally of the year and a 1-0 Duke lead.
Duke continued to dominate the action after taking the early lead, but was unable to find that elusive second tally. Suniel Veerakone, coming off the bench, created problems for the Panthers. The sophomore fired a trio of shots during his time on the field, forcing Mikal Outcalt to make two saves. White nearly capitalized on a rebound from one of the saves, but he sent it over the bar.
White’s first-half goal marked the eighth time this season Duke has scored and the Blue Devils took that lead into the break.
The tables turned in the second half as Pittsburgh started to gain the majority of possession. The Panthers found space on the outside flanks, but Duke’s solid backline was up to the task in keeping them at bay.
Rookie goalie Will Pulisic came up with a fantastic save in the 53rd minute, making a quick reaction stop on a point-blank shot from Javi Perez. The Blue Devils cleared away the rebound, but Pittsburgh continued to put pressure on Duke as it looked for the equalizer.
Duke’s defended well, bending but not breaking, with Pulisic making a couple of big saves in the second half. Moseley put the exclamation point on the game, taking a Brandon Williamson pass in behind the Pitt defense and finishing the ball with four seconds left after an initial save from Outcalt.
The Pittsburgh goalie made six saves in the game as Duke outshot the Panthers 16-8 for the game.
The Blue Devils have short rest before taking on No. 10 Georgetown Monday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. Duke’s next ACC game will be Oct. 13 in Durham against fifth-ranked Clemson.