DURHAM, N.C.—Duke senior striker Cameron Moseley scored two goals to help the Blue Devils to a wild 4-3 victory over Wisconsin in non-conference men’s soccer action Tuesday night at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils overcame a 2-0 first-half deficit to remain unbeaten at home.
Three different Blue Devils recorded goals to help Duke improve to 5-1-1 overall and 45-0-1 at home. Wisconsin falls to 3-2-2 overall and is still in search of its first road victory.
“We had to keep our poise [after falling behind 2-0] and settle down,” said head coach John Kerr. “We had to move the ball faster. We took too long to move the ball in the first 15-20 minutes. We defended poorly on set pieces again and paid the price, but we knew once we got the first goal, the second was going to come.”
The 90-minute affair had a little bit of everything for the fans with Wisconsin taking a 2-0 lead in the first half, only to go down a man shortly thereafter. The Blue Devils rallied to tie it before halftime and jumped ahead 3-2 only to have a player sent off to bring the action back to 10 aside.
“It was a great game for the fans to watch,” Kerr said. “But not so great for the coaching staff. They’re a really good team. They’re hard working, they’re gritty and they’re talented. Their two front-runners were very impressive tonight. They did a solid job and they’re going to win a lot of games this year.”
The back and forth continued. The Badgers scored the equalizer, but Moseley was up to the task and netted the game-winner only two minutes later.
Duke started the game well, moving the ball around with pace, but set pieces again proved to be the Blue Devils’ undoing. Earning their first corner kick of the night in the ninth minute, the Badgers made it count as Michael Catalano headed home Christopher Mueller’s corner kick.
Less than 15 minutes later, Wisconsin capitalized again on a corner kick when Mueller’s service was headed out to the top of the penalty box by Tom Barlow. Mark Segbers collected the ball and skipped it past the outstretched hands of Duke goalkeeper Will Pulisic.
Six minutes later, Duke senior Kevon Black cut Wisconsin’s lead in half as he finished a Daniele Proch pass through the penalty box. The score was the first of his career and swung the momentum in Duke’s favor.
Just minutes later, the momentum took an even bigger swing in the direction of the Blue Devils as the Badgers went down a man due to a second yellow card. The Blue Devils upped the pressure and got the equalizer in the 37th minute off the foot of Jack Doran. The sophomore midfielder controlled the ball and ripped a left-footed shot through the penalty box to the left corner of the net for his first career tally.
All square after 45 minutes of play, Duke needed just 33 seconds to grab its first lead of the night courtesy of Moseley. It started with a long clearance from Black that landed behind the Wisconsin backline. Moseley outpaced the Badger defenders and beat Wisconsin goalie Phillip Schilling for the lead.
The game took another turn, this time in Wisconsin’s favor, in the 76th minute when Duke had a player sent off for a second yellow card. The Badgers took advantage of the foul 25 yards from goal and Mueller stepped behind the ball and sent a beauty of a free kick into the left upper 90 to make it 3-3.
The see-saw battle didn’t end there with Moseley responding 95 seconds later in nearly identical fashion. This time he was the recipient of a long ball from the foot of Pulisic and he again pushed his shot past Schilling to ultimately lead Duke to victory.
Duke outshot Wisconsin 18-12 and Pulisic finished with four saves, including two crucial stops in the first half. Schilling ended the night with five stops.
The Blue Devils hit the road for their first true road game Friday at No. 11 Syracuse. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.