DURHAM, N.C.-Boston College forward Stefan Carter netted the game's lone goal in the 71st minute to lift the visiting Eagles to a 1-0 victory over Duke in ACC men's soccer action Friday night at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils held a 16-8 advantage in shots, but were unable to find the back of the net in the loss.
Duke, being shut out for the first time since Sept. 21, falls to 5-7-1 overall and 2-4-1 in ACC play. Boston College moves to 8-4-3 overall and 3-1-2 in conference action.
"I'm disappointed in the result, but not disappointed in the performance," head coach John Kerr said. "I thought we played a brilliant game tonight. We had one lapse and they capitalized and soccer is a cruel game that way."
The Blue Devils controlled the run of play throughout much of the opening 45 minutes, holding a 6-4 advantage in shots and a 2-1 edge in corner kicks. Duke dominated possession in the early going, but was unable to make that final pass to create quality scoring opportunities.
Sophomore midfielder Riley Wolfe was active on the right side in the first half, regularly getting in behind the Boston College defense. His best look of the half came in the 19th minute as he got into the penalty box, but had his shot scooped up by Boston College goalkeeper Justin Luthy.
Boston College developed a rhythm late in the half, but the Blue Devils' defense kept its shape and composure to keep the Eagles off the board and head into the locker room even at 0-0.
The second half proved to be much of the same as Duke continually put itself into scoring situations, but was unable to connect. Despite controlling the pace of play, a turnover in midfield by the Blue Devils turned out to be the difference.
Boston College midfielder Kyle Bekker got the ball against the run of play and sent a through ball to a streaking Carter up the middle of the field. Carter, wide open behind Duke's defense, calmly went around Duke goalkeeper James Belshaw for the 1-0 lead.
"Boston College is an outstanding team," Kerr said. "They are one of those counterpunch kinds of teams where they just wait and wait and hit you when you're not looking and that's what they did to us tonight."
Duke continued to battle for the equalizer as junior forward Will Donovan started to wreak havoc in the offensive third. The Jamaica Plain, Mass., native had a pair of chances in the final eight minutes that missed the mark.
"We had several chances in their penalty area to score and to shoot and to capitalize, but we just can't find our way into the back of the net right now," Kerr said.
Junior center back Sebastien Ibeagha nearly evened the score in the 82nd minute with a header that Luthy just tipped over the crossbar. Mathers nearly registered his first collegiate goal, sending a long shot in that Luthy had to push over the crossbar to keep the clean sheet.
The Blue Devils held a 10-4 lead in shots in the second half and a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Belshaw finished with three saves in the game, while Luthy had four to post his fifth shutout of the season.
Duke finishes its four-game homestand against Davidson, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. The Blue Devils have four games remaining in the regular season, including two at home.