DURHAM, N.C.—Four different Blue Devils got in on the scoring action tonight as the Duke men’s soccer team earned a thrilling 4-2 exhibition victory over Old Dominion in front of a great crowd of eager students. A pair of Duke freshmen tallied their first collegiate goals to help lift the Blue Devils to the win in their final exhibition game of the preseason.
Rookies Brody Huitema and Seo-In Kim both had a goal, while sophomore Luis Rendon and junior captain Sean Davis both netted unassisted scores. Duke, anchored by the backline of Sebastien Ibeagha, Nat Eggleston, Jack Coleman and Rob Dolot did not allow a goal in the final 70 minutes of the game.
“It’s a very exciting prospect because we can attack from all different angles,” said head coach John Kerr. “We had four different scorers tonight, which is exciting. It was a fun game for the big crowd of freshmen that were here tonight. I feel that we’re going to be a lot more dangerous this year than we were last year.”
Old Dominion, coming off of exhibition wins over No. 3 Georgetown and No. 13 Coastal Carolina, scored just 2:49 into the game when Tim Hopkinson collected a loose ball and slid a shot from 18 yards out past Duke goalkeeper Alex Long.
Duke settled in into its rhythm and started to control possession. Attacking with good pace, the effort finally paid off when Rendon got loose on the far endline and put a ball just inside the post to even the score.
The tides turned back in Old Dominion’s favor 31 seconds later as Ryan Condotta fired home a failed clearance for the 2-1 advantage. The Blue Devils quickly rebounded with a phenomenal goalazo from the foot of Kim. The rookie midfielder took advantage of a small opening and ripped a shot into the right upper ninety for the goal of the night.
“It was a firecracker wasn’t it?” Kerr said. “He’s got a lot of confidence and a lot of good skill and I’m really pleased for him because he’s been working so hard during the preseason. I think his attitude toward the game is beautiful and he has the right instincts and I’m really happy for him.”
Just over 10 minutes later, Davis got into the mix when he put away a free kick from 25 yards. Lining up 25 yards outside the left side of the penalty area, Davis swung the ball into the right side of the net for the 3-2 advantage at the half.
Huitema added the final tally of the game just 29 seconds into the second half as Zach Mathers slipped a ball into the box for the Vancouver native to knock home. Duke maintained much of the possession in the second half as both teams showed signs of preseason wear.
Long played 63 minutes and made three saves, while Wilson Fisher came off the bench to make two stops. Alex Merrill had one stop. Sean Stowe and Matthew Sanchez split time for the Monarchs, combining for five saves.
Duke officially opens the 2013 campaign Friday, Aug. 30 in the John Rennie Nike Classic. The Blue Devils host Rutgers at 7:30 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium.