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Courtesy: Duke Athletics
First-Half Goals Lift Duke over Campbell, 2-0
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/09/2018
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DURHAM, N.C.—The 17th-ranked Duke men’s soccer team used a pair of first-half goals again to post a 2-0 shutout of Campbell in non-conference action Tuesday evening at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils have won three straight and extend the shutout streak to 182:15.

Duke moves to 7-3-1 overall, while Campbell falls to 5-5-1 on the year. The shutout is the third for the Blue Devils this season and second straight after they blanked Virginia 2-0 last week.

Maintaining his near one-goal per game average, junior striker Daniele Proch notched his 10th tally of the year, while rookie Issa Rayyan finally broke through for his first collegiate goal. Proch’s 10 scores are five more than he had in 20 games last season. He has scored at least one goal in each of the past four games.

The Blue Devils dominated the run of play throughout the 90 minutes and made the most of their six first-half shots. Proch started the scoring in the 27th minute as Daniel Wright put a ball through the box right on the left foot of the Italian forward, who finished it perfectly into the left corner.

Duke tacked on another goal six minutes later from Rayyan. Fellow rookie Ian Murphy fed the dynamic midfielder who took a look up and rifled a shot to the lower left corner out of the Campbell goalkeeper’s reach. The assist was the first for Murphy.

Defensively, the Blue Devils were solid in holding Campbell to only three shots in the opening 45 minutes. Duke goalkeeper Will Pulisic had two stops to send his squad into the break with the 2-0 advantage.

The second half was much of the same story as Duke methodically attacked in search of the third goal. Proch just missed on what would have been arguably the goal of the season as his bicycle kick effort skipped wide right of the frame.

Junior Suniel Veerakone nearly finished a couple of chances to get into the scoring column as well, but couldn’t quite get them on net. Overall, Duke outshot the Camels 13-1 in the second half with only one of those coming on goal.

Duke remained well organized and steady in the defensive third and held Campbell to one shot in the second 45 minutes, which was saved by Pulisic. He finished with three saves to Campbell keeper Matt Karasinski’s two.

Overall, Duke outshot Campbell 19-4 and won the corner kick battle 10-2.

The Blue Devils return to the ACC gauntlet Friday night against No. 9 Notre Dame. The Irish are coming off of a 2-1 victory over Louisville and are riding a four-game win streak. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium on ACC Network Extra.

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