DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 22 Duke men’s soccer team had some late opportunities but could not capitalize as the Blue Devils played to a scoreless tie with ACC foe Clemson Friday night at Koskinen Stadium.
Duke is now 4-3-1 (1-1-1) on the season, and Clemson moved to 2-4-2 (1-1-1) after the tie. The game was delayed 30 minutes at the start due to lightning in the area.
The Blue Devils played a man up for the final 20 minutes of regulation and both overtime periods after the Tigers were assessed a red card in the 70th minute.
“We were dangerous tonight, but we couldn’t get that final shot off to score the goal and that’s disappointing,” said head coach John Kerr. “We had a lot of threats but couldn’t finish them off and that was our problem tonight.”
Duke saw a number of chances late in regulation, keeping the ball in the offensive end for the majority of play. The Blue Devils actually found the net with 9:42 remaining but the goal was called back on an offsides ruling. Senior midfielder Pavelid Castaneda sent the ball into the right corner off a pass from freshman Temi Molinar before the whistle was blown on the play.
Molinar had a chance just seconds later but the keeper came out and challenged him, coming up with the stop from far out of the net.
The Blue Devils then took a late corner kick with a minute remaining in regulation, but couldn’t put the ball in the net and the Tigers took it down the other end to threaten. The Duke defense was able to come up with the stop to send it to the extra periods.
In the first overtime, Castaneda came up with a diving header off a pass from Nick Sih, but the shot was stopped by the keeper on the Blue Devils’ best scoring chance in the first.
With 4:20 left in the second extra period, Duke had a shot from Cole Grossman hit the post, and with just over two minutes left had a cross from the left roll in front of the goal but no one could get a foot on it as the match ended knotted at zero.
The shots fell in Duke’s favor, 21-11, for the game, including a 6-2 edge in the overtimes. Clemson had seven first-half shots to Duke’s six as the first half was evenly matched with each squad having its share of scoring chances. Grossman led the Blue Devils with five shots, while Castaneda and Josh Bienenfeld each fired off four.
The Blue Devils will remain at home to host Stony Brook this Tuesday night, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.