COLUMBIA, S.C. –Duke sophomore Daniel Wright buried a penalty kick in the 82nd minute to help the No. 10 Blue Devils to a 1-1 draw at South Carolina in men’s soccer exhibition action.
The Blue Devils came out on the right foot, getting forward early and having two looks at goal. Max Moser had the first shot from 20 yards just over a minute into the contest blocked and Daniele Proch’s effort was stopped by Clemson goalkeeper Ian McGrane.
Duke continued to control the run of play and build through the midfield, but South Carolina gradually started to build momentum after the first 15 minutes. The Gamecocks nearly got on the board in the 16th minute, but the shot by Luca Mayr sailed wide left of the frame.
With time winding down in the opening half, South Carolina put Duke goalkeeper Will Pulisic to work, forcing the sophomore to make consecutive saves.
Proch had the best look of the night for Duke as rookie midfielder Aedan Stanley served a left-footed ball right onto the head of the junior striker. Proch headed it towards net, but was whistled for offside as South Carolina’s goalie made the save.
Coming out of the scoreless opening 45 minutes, Proch remained dangerous for the Blue Devils. Rookie Issa Rayyan did well to take a long ball and cut it back to slot the ball to the trailing Proch, but the Italian native couldn’t find the back of the net.
South Carolina broke through in the 55th minute as Luca Mayr heading home a Josh Corning cross for the 1-0 lead.
Duke rookies Nii Engmann and Rayyan were offensive sparks for the Blue Devils in the final 20 minutes. Engmann forced South Carolina keeper Elijah Bilichuk into a diving save and Rayyan had his shot from just inside the box blocked.
Engmann, again wreaking havoc, had his shot from the doorstep saved and then sophomore Daniel Wright draw a penalty in the box.
Wright stepped right up to the spot and buried the penalty kick to tie the game 1-1. The Blue Devils maintained their momentum through the remainder of the 90 minutes as well as in the extra session, but couldn’t get the winner, taking the 1-1 draw back to Durham.
Pulisic finished with two saves, while South Carolina keepers combined for eight. The Blue Devils held a 15-11 overall shot advantage.
Duke closes its preseason slate against NC State Saturday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. Live stats and Twitter will be available for the contest.