DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke men’s soccer team exploded for seven second-half goals to race past Stetson 8-2 in the final game of the 2014 John Rennie Nike Invitational. The Blue Devils lifted the winning trophy after posting a 1-0-1 record for the weekend.
Senior midfielder Sean Davis was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after he finished with three assists this afternoon. Joining Davis on the all-tournament team was Zach Mathers, Nat Eggleston and Cameron Moseley. Moseley finished the weekend with five points, while Mathers and Eggleston helped anchor Duke’s defense.
Duke’s eight goals are the most since the Blue Devils tallied 10 against Emory & Henry Sept. 1, 2004. Leading the offensive charge for the Blue Devils today were rookie Moseley and sophomore Seo-In Kim with a pair of goals apiece, their first career scores in a Blue Devil uniform. Also getting on the scoresheet for the first time in their careers were rookies Macario Hing-Glover, Bryson Asher, Carter Manly and Brian White and sophomore Jared Golestani.
“This is the best feeling I’ve had since being at Duke,” said Moseley. “I had a tough game on Friday and the coaches told me to keep my head up so today I kept going forward with confidence. That was the difference between today and Friday and we got the result.”
The Blue Devils came out sharp, moving the ball all over the field with ease against the Hatters. After a few early chances from Duke missed the mark, Moseley made the most of a Davis corner kick that landed at his feet to put the Blue Devils ahead 1-0 in the 10th minute.
Duke continued to press forward and move the ball so quickly Stetson could hardly get a touch. Despite controlling the run of play for much of the half, the Blue Devils quickly found themselves even with the Hatters when Jared Huber snuck in behind Duke’s defense on the right side and placed a shot perfectly to the far post.
Stetson added a goal 13 minutes later when a ball was cleared to David Caulfield and he struck it over the head of Duke goalkeeper Joe Ohaus to put the Hatters up 2-1 at the half.
Much like Friday night against Loyola Marymount, Duke got off to a quick start in the second half as Moseley netted his second of the game after great combination play from Davis and White in the midfield.
All square at 2-2, Kim got into the scoring mix nine minutes later when he took a Jeremy Ebobisse pass and perfectly placed a shot into the low left corner. The Overland Park, Kan., native got his second nine minutes later when he volleyed home a Nick Palodichuk cross from the left flank.
“It was a great feeling,” said Kim. “First and foremost I’m proud of my team that we could come back. I just have to be ready. Whenever I’m in there I have to contribute so I was happy with it.”
After two more goals from Brody Huitema and Matt Slotnick, Hing-Glover had arguably the nicest finish of the tournament as he one-timed a cross from Carter Manley into the upper ninety. Asher finished off the scoring for the Blue Devils on a through pass from Golestani.
Joe Ohaus earned the start in goal and made one save in 80 minutes of action. Wilson Fisher came on in the final 10 minutes for Duke. Paul Ladwig had five saves for Stetson in the loss.
Duke hits the road for its next game. The Blue Devils travel to Dallas to play SMU Friday, Sept. 5 at 8:30 p.m. EST.