DURHAM, N.C.—Duke and Presbyterian traded second-half goals and outlasted a pair of weather delays to finish in a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes in non-conference soccer action Tuesday night. Brian White tallied the Blue Devil goal.
The Blue Devils remain unbeaten on the year at 3-0-1, while Presbyterian moves to 1-2-1.
“Obviously we’re disappointed not to get the win tonight especially being up 1-0,” said head coach John Kerr. “Their goalkeeper had the game of his life and couple that with our lack of finishing and making that last pass and you get a 1-1- draw.”
Duke struggled to find open lanes in Presbyterian’s compact defense in the opening 45 minutes. A great piece of combination play through the middle of the field came up just short as the final pass went just a little too far off the foot of Cameron Moseley.
The Blue Devils picked up steam in the final 20 minutes, generating better opportunities, but still unable to find the back of the net.
Freshman goalkeeper Will Pulisic had the most memorable play of the opening 45 minutes with a spectacular diving save on a Presbyterian free kick. Blue Hose junior Jakob Luedtke, 25 yards from goal on the left side of the penalty box, sent a curling shot headed for the right corner before Pulisic knocked it away for a corner kick.
Both teams had three shots apiece in the opening period with Pulisic and Presbyterian goalie Connor Behrend both making one save.
After sitting through a pair of weather delays just before kickoff to the second half and again 10 minutes into the second stanza, the Blue Devils broke through for the 1-0 lead on White’s tally. The veteran goal scorer was in the right spot inside the penalty box as a cross deflected off of a Presbyterian defender. White calmly put the ball past Behrend to the left corner for the 1-0 advantage.
Just over eight minutes later, the Blue Hose evened the score with a penalty kick from Mathias Mikalsen. Presbyterian got in behind the Duke defense and drew a foul in the penalty area, resulting in a red card on the Blue Devils and leaving both teams with just 10 men.
Duke did well to create more chances in the final 20 minutes, but were just missing that final pass. Senior Cameron Moseley fired a spectacular shot on goal, only to be outdone by a point-blank save from Behrend.
The Presbyterian goalie came up with a few more saves in overtime to preserve the tie for the Blue Hose. He finished the night with eight saves, including a pair of reaction saves that were almost sure to be goals when the left the foot of the Blue Devil player.
Pulisic also made a second outstanding stop on a corner kick, pushing a header wide of the frame. The rookie goalie finished with three saves.
Duke, ranked 25th in the most recent Soccer America poll, opens ACC play Friday night against Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils kick off against the Hokies at 7 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium.