DURHAM, N.C. - As Duke Athletics nears the conclusion of 2016, we wanted to look back at some of the top moments that made it so extraordinary.
In this countdown titled, “Top 16 of 2016,” we have chosen 16 noteworthy events from the calendar year that encapsulated the spirit and success of Duke while also illuminating the growth and achievements that our athletic programs continue to attain.
The series, starting Friday, December 16, will continue daily until its conclusion on December 31.
No. 12: Men's Soccer Upsets No. 4 Notre Dame on Senior Day
Duke freshman Brandon Williamson had a night to remember as he scored his first goals as a Blue Devil to lead the men’s soccer team to a thrilling 2-1 double overtime upset over No. 4 Notre Dame. On the opposite end of the field, graduate student goalkeeper Robert Moewes was superb with seven saves in the game. He shined brightest in the second overtime, as he denied Notre Dame time after time. He made three saves, all of them point-blank, and none more impressive than the final one against Notre Dame’s top scorer that ultimately led to Williamson’s game winner. Both of Williamson’s goals were for the highlight reel as he hit the corner perfectly on both shots and earned him numerous weekly honors both from the ACC and nationally. The win over the No. 4 Irish was Duke’s second against a top-10 team this season - the Blue Devils also beat No. 9 UCLA 1-0 in September. The victory over the Fighting Irish is also the first for the Blue Devils since 1992, stopping a six-game skid.