DURHAM, N.C. — Top-seeded Duke (17-3-1) knocked Brown (11-5-3) out of the NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 victory on Wednesday night in Koskinen Stadium. It was the first NCAA Tournament win for the Blue Devils since their 3-0 quarterfinal win over Virginia in 2004. For Duke, the win also avenged a 1-0 loss at Brown in the 2000 NCAA Tournament.
The first 25 minutes of the match were a stale mate, as both teams sized each other up. Junior midfielder Joe Germanese had the only real threat for either side in that time span, with back-to-back shots in the 15th minute of play after streaking up the left side of the box with the ball.
Junior midfielder Michael Videira was the first to score, which he did just over 26 minutes into the game on a left-footed blast from eight yards out that bended around Brown sophomore goalkeeper Jarrett Leech and into the middle of the net. Videira’s seventh goal of the year came off of a long cross from senior captain/defender Tim Jepson from 40 yards out on the left side of the field. Jepson put the ball perfectly over two Brown defenders and onto Videira’s right foot, after which Videira dribbled a few steps to his left and took his shot. The rest of the half would remain scoreless, with both teams locked in a defensive struggle.
The first two minutes of the second half would drastically alter the duration of the game, as sophomore forward Mike Grella netted his team-leading 12th goal of the season. Assists were credited to Germanese and sophomore midfielder Pavelid Castaneda, who recorded their sixth and first assists of the year, respectively. Grella received a pass from Germanese just inside the box and was set up a little to the outside of the right post. He dribbled towards the middle of the field and hit a shot with his right foot into the left corner of the net. Duke took 13 shots in all, of which 5 were on goal, and also attempted three corner kicks.
The rest of the game would see Brown desperately attempt to attack a solid Blue Devil defense. Duke would counter-attack here and there, but made sure to prevent any easy goals by the Bears. Junior goalkeeper Justin Papadakis recorded his seventh shutout of the season, and tallied two saves to better his save percentage to .781. Jepson and senior captain/defender Kyle Helton led a backfield that has not allowed a goal in three straight games, and has only allowed two goals in their last seven games. Brown was only able to attempt seven shots in all, and received only four corner kicks.
This game had a couple of oddities for the Blue Devils. It was the first start of the year for junior forward Paul Dudley, who was replacing the injured Chris Loftus. Furthermore, the game was only the third of the year and the first since Sept. 12 for Duke that no cards of any kind were issued.
Five Blue Devils were named to Top Drawer Soccer’s national end of the season teams last week. Videira and Grella were awarded first team honors, while Helton was placed on the third team and junior forward Spencer Wadsworth on the fourth. Five teams were named, encompassing college players from around the country. Freshman midfielder Joshua Bienenfeld was named to the All-Rookie second team, with only two rookie teams being named.
Videira was also listed earlier this week as one of the 15 finalists for the 2006 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy. The Hermann Trophy is awarded each year to the nation’s top collegiate soccer player. The Milton, Mass., native was a semifinalist last year as well. The winner will be announced at a banquet in St. Louis, Mo., on Dec. 2, which is the night before the NCAA Division I men’s championship game.
Duke’s Coach John Rennie became the winningest coach in ACC history this season. He holds the records for most wins at an ACC school with 398, and for most wins in the conference with 91. Rennie overtook former Clemson coach I.M. Ibrahim in both categories. For Division I Men’s Soccer coaches, Rennie is in fifth place with 442 overall wins.
The NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament runs through Dec. 3. Duke will play at home in the third round this Sunday at 1:00 p.m., versus 16th seeded Lehigh (15-1-3). Lehigh advanced 5-4 on penalty kicks after playing Rhode Island to a 1-1 tie on Wednesday night. If the Blue Devils win, they would play at home in the quarterfinals on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 1:00 p.m. The 2006 Men’s College Cup Final Four takes place in St. Louis on Dec. 1 and 3, with the final game being televised on ESPN2 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.