CLEMSON, S.C. --- Junior forward Mike Grella scored two goals in leading seventh-ranked Duke to a 4-2 win in an Atlantic Coast Conference men’s soccer match at Historic Riggs Field in Clemson, S.C., on Friday night. Grella now has seven goals this season.
With the win, Duke improves to 7-2 overall, and 2-0 in the ACC. Clemson falls to 3-5-1 overall and 0-3 in league play.
Senior midfielder Joe Germanese scored first for the Blue Devils in the 10th minute on an assist from junior defender Darrius Barnes. The Tigers tied the game as David Bell scored with an assist by Mark Buchholz in the 23rd minute.
Grella scored in the 28th minute and the 39th minute giving Duke a 3-1 advantage right before the half. On Grella's first score, sophomore defender Josh Bienenfeld was credited with an assist and on the second goal senior midfielder Zack Pope and graduate student and forward Joshua Medcalf provided assists.
Tate Parrish scored from an assist by Buchholz in the 60th minute to cut the Blue Devil lead to 3-2.
Senior goalkeeper Justin Papadakis now boasts a 0.66 goals against average and a .778 save percentage. He and the Duke defense together have only allowed six goals in 814:28 of play.
Once again the Blue Devils were without senior defender and captain Tim Jepson, who has been out will a muscle pull injury in all nine of the Blue Devils’ games this season. Jepson will look to make his return against Boston College next Friday. Freshmen Christian Ibeagha (eight starts and 715 minutes) and Doug Ferner (174 minutes played in six games) have picked up the slack in Jepson’s absence.
Senior midfielder Michael Videira returned after missing two games with an injury. He played 75 minutes and took one shot.
As with every game this season, the Blue Devils outshot their opponent, this time 22-8. Duke has now outshot the opposition this season 197-73, and holds a shots-on-goal advantage of 80-30.
Duke is now 22-22-3 all-time against Clemson. The Blue Devils’ meetings with the Tigers rank sixth on their all-time series’ records. It is the most-even series with a conference opponent.
Rennie’s record as a collegiate coach improved to 450-201-48 in 35 years. He picked up his 93rd ACC victory, 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 his final season as Duke’s head coach, a decision made prior to the 2007 season.
Duke's win completed a three-game stretch in which they defeated all three opponents they lost to in the regular season in 2006. The Blue Devils defeated Maryland, 2-1 in double-overtime last Saturday and UNC Wilmington, 5-0 on Tuesday night.
The Blue Devils return home to play No. 6 Boston College on Fri., Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Duke then heads to Chapel Hill, N.C., on Thurs., Oct. 11 for an 8:30 p.m. showdown with archrival North Carolina. Clemson marked the first of six straight games against ACC foes for Duke.