DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 9 Duke Blue Devils (5-2-0, 1-0-0) pulled out a 2-1 win in double-overtime over the No. 16 Maryland Terrapins (3-3-1, 0-2-0) on Saturday night on front of 5,013 fans in Koskinen Stadium. It was the first ACC contest of the season for Duke. The match will be available on-demand on ACCSelect.com.
The difference in the game came with 1:33 to play in the second sudden-death overtime period. Freshman midfielder Cole Grossman, who was seeing his first action in his Blue Devil career, played the ball to the senior midfielder Joe Germanese on the right side of the field. Germanese flew towards the end line and played a perfect cross back to Grossman in the middle, who one-timed a blast from eight yards out past Maryland’s freshman goalkeeper Will Swaim. With the goal, the Duke bench stormed across the field to swarm Grossman and celebrate the victory. It was the team-leading fourth assist on the season for Germanese, who with Grossman attended St. Louis University High School in St. Louis, Mo.
Grossman saw 53 minutes of action in the game, as Duke altered their starting lineup and reserves to compensate for senior midfielder and captain Michael Videira being held out of the match due to an injury. Senior forward/midfielder Spencer Wadsworth made the start (his first of the season) in Videira’s absence. Videira is an All-America and three-time national player of the year candidate.
“It’s an honor to be on this team and help out in any way I can,” said Grossman. “I just hit the ball as hard as I could. When it went in, I tried to take my shirt off, but it was stuck on my body so I couldn’t get it off. It’s probably a good thing it didn’t come off because I’m not the strongest kid on our team.”
“He [Videira] is irreplaceable and one of the best players in the country. I just tried to come in and do what he does, which is control the game and help the team.”
The first half was a defensive struggle, although Duke outshot Maryland,10-3. Swaim made three saves in the period and Duke’s senior goalkeeper Justin Papadakis made one.
The second half was similar in terms of the Blue Devils dominating in the shot department, 11-4, but both teams were able to tally a score.
Just over 10 minutes into the second half, the Blue Devils’ relentless offensive attack paid off when junior midfielder Pavelid Castaneda played a ball from 25 yards out to a wide open and streaking Graham Dugoni on the left side. The junior defender shot the ball with his right foot into the right corner of the net for his first goal of the season and second of his career.
Maryland would answer just over seven minutes later when sophomore midfielder Drew Yates would clean up a rebound from five yards out into an open net to knot the score, 1-1. Papadakis had made a diving save on senior midfielder Stephen King’s shot from 10 yards out, but the ball ricocheted directly to Yates’ feet.
As with every game this season, the Blue Devils outshot their opponent, this time 22-9. Duke has now outshot the opposition this season 163-59, and holds a shots-on-goal advantage of 64-24.
Papadakis allowed one goal or less for the seventh straight game. He and the Duke defense together have only allowed four goals in 634:28 of play.
The crowd of 5,013 was the largest on hand for a Duke home game since 6,549 fans packed Koskinen Stadium on Oct. 20, 2006, when the Blue Devils defeated North Carolina, 1-0.
Duke is now 21-42-3 against Maryland. The Blue Devils’ 66 meetings with the Terps is the fourth-most played rivalry in the Duke program’s history. Saturday night marked the fourth time in the last six contests that the Blue Devils have defeated the Terrapins. Maryland is one of only two existing programs that hold more than a three-game all-time series advantage over Duke. Navy (14-1-2) is the other, although the Blue Devils have not faced the Midshipmen since 1979.
Coach John Rennie’s record as a collegiate coach improved to 448-201-48 in 35 years. He picked up his 92nd ACC victory on Saturday, which is the league record. Rennie is in fifth place all-time among NCAA Division I coaches for wins and in third place among active coaches for career wins. This will be Rennie’s final season as Duke’s head coach, a decision made prior to the 2007 season.
Once again the Blue Devils were without senior defender and captain Tim Jepson, who has been out will a muscle pull injury in all five of the Blue Devils’ games this season. Jepson will look to make his return against UNC Wilmington or Clemson, Duke’s next two opponents. Freshmen Christian Ibeagha (seven starts and 625 minutes) and Doug Ferner (78 minutes played in five games) have picked up the slack in Jepson's absence.
“You can’t even put it into words how important it is to have that kind of depth from the freshmen,” said senior midfielder Zack Pope, who played a season-high 64 minutes on the night. “While you’re playing on the field you can give everything you have and not worry about the level of play dropping down from a sub coming in. That’s what makes the team so special--- there are guys on the bench who could be starting the game.”
The Blue Devils first road contest of the season comes on Tuesday at 7 p.m. when they travel to face UNC Wilmington. Duke will also hit the road to take on ACC foe Clemson on Fri., Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. in a match that will be televised on the Fox Soccer Channel.