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Tweed-Kent Scores Twice in Win Over UNC Asheville
Sunday 10/25/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University senior midfielder Christopher Tweed-Kent registered his first career multi-goal game, netting two goals to lead the Blue Devils to a 3-0 non-conference victory in men's soccer this evening at Koskinen Stadium. Junior Andrew Wenger added a goal and an assist in the win.

Tweed-Kent picked up his fourth and fifth goals of the season, scoring in both halves. Wenger tallied his 16th goal of the year to move into a tie for fourth on Duke's single season goals chart. His three points gives him 40 for the year, tying Ali Curtis for fifth on the Duke single-season points list.

Freshman Nick Palodichuk and senior Joseph Pak both added assists in the win, while junior goalkeeper James Belshaw picked up his third shutout of the season and put Duke back in the win column.

"It was important that we had a good start tonight," head coach John Kerr said. "We needed to come out flying, and we had a good start. We wanted to get another couple goals earlier and it didn't happen, but we're happy with the result."

The Blue Devils struck right away as Wenger took a pass from Palodichuk and was able to put it past the goalkeeper from 12 yards out in the fourth minute.  Duke continued to control the run of play throughout the half and allowed just three shots from the Bulldogs in the first 45 minutes.

Duke took a 2-0 lead in the 32nd minute when Tweed-Kent was right on the doorstep for a rebound from Pak's initial shot. Lassi Hurskainen was unable to handle the first shot and the native of Pittsfield, Mass., was there to capitalize on the second opportunity.

The first half was dominated by the Blue Devils as they outshot the Bulldogs, 13-3, to take the two-goal lead into the break.

"We didn't capitalize on the ball possession we had, so we tried to spark it at halftime," Kerr said. "We said, 'We've got to play this like it's an ACC game.' We came out in the second half and played a little bit quicker and created a lot more chances. We should have scored a few more tonight."

The second half was much of the same with Duke getting 11 shots off. The Blue Devils cemented the victory with a third goal midway through the second half as Tweed-Kent and Wenger connected.

Defensively, Duke was outstanding. The Blue Devils allowed the Bulldogs to take just five shots overall and only one on goal. Belshaw picked up his third shutout of the year and 10th of his career with one save on the night. Hurskainen made seven saves in the game for UNC Asheville.

"We got a shutout tonight," Kerr said. "We haven't had too many of those this year and we're happy with that. These games aren't easy - they're midweek and you see the results throughout the country. A lot of good teams are losing midweek because they're tired or it's that time of year with midterms, etc. But now we're moving on to a conference game Friday night against Virginia Tech, so we're ready to take them on."

Duke continues its four-game homestand on Oct. 28, hosting ACC foe Virginia Tech at 7 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium. The game will be streamed live on GoDuke.com. 


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