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Courtesy: Duke Athletics
Pulisic, Blue Devils Battle Notre Dame to 0-0 Draw
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/20/2017
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. –Duke freshman goalkeeper Will Pulisic made seven saves, including a penalty kick stop in overtime, to highlight an outstanding defensive effort by the 15th-ranked Blue Devils in a 0-0 draw with No. 12 Notre Dame. The Blue Devils pick up a point on the road before returning home to close out the regular season.

Duke moves to 10-3-2 overall and 3-3-1 in ACC play, while Notre Dame is 9-4-2 and 3-2-2 against conference foes. The shutout was the sixth for Pulisic and the Blue Devils, the most by a Duke goalie since Alex Long’s seven in 2013.

In addition to Pulisic’s outstanding effort in goal, senior center back Markus Fjørtoft was excellent in anchoring the backline. He regularly helped thwart Notre Dame’s attacks and in the 93rd minute cleared a ball off the line to keep the Irish off the board.

After a scoreless first half in which Duke outshot the Fighting Irish 3-1, Notre Dame controlled the action in outshooting the Blue Devils 16-4.

Duke’s best chances of the night came from senior Brian White and freshman Daniel Wright in the opening 45 minutes. In the 31st minute, Wright had a go from 15 yards stopped by Irish keeper Chris Hubbard. Four minutes later, White had the ball bounce his direction and he got in behind the defense, but didn’t put enough pace on the shot to beat Hubbard as the squads headed into the break scoreless.

Notre Dame’s one shot in the first half was nearly all it needed, but Pulisic did well to get down quickly and block Jon Gallagher’s shot away.

The second half featured three times as many shots, 12 in all, but resulted in no scores leaving the teams headed to overtime for a fourth straight time. The Fighting Irish controlled much of the run of play and had the Blue Devils on their heels for periods of the second half.

Duke’s defense stood tall with Pulisic making four saves and Fjørtoft anchoring the effort with countless plays during the run of play and on set pieces.

While the Irish dominated action in overtime, its best chance came with 51 ticks left after Gallagher drew a penalty kick. Pulisic read Gallagher and dove to his left and to make the save and then came up with another incredible stop on the rebound and give Duke the road point.

Notre Dame had one last chance in the final second, but it went over the bar and Pulisic likely had a track on it at the far post.

Duke returns home for a pair of games to close out the regular season. The Blue Devils host Delaware Oct. 24 at 7 p.m., and No. 10 Virginia Oct. 27 for senior night. Both games will be aired on ACC Network Extra.

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