DURHAM, N.C.—The 10th-ranked Duke men’s soccer team got the opportunity to see some new faces across the field Friday afternoon as it battled No. 11 Clemson to a 0-0 draw at Koskinen Stadium. The exhibition match for the ACC foes came just two days into preseason for both squads.
Both teams finished the 90 minutes with eight shots apiece with Duke creating the two best opportunities of the afternoon. Will Pulisic posted one save in goal for the Blue Devils, while Michael Reis was outstanding in coming off of his line multiple times to keep the Tigers off the board in the second half.
Clemson had the better part of possession in the opening 15 minutes of the game, but Duke steadily settled into a rhythm and started to play well through the midfield. Midway through the opening half, after moving the ball all across the field left back Matthias Frick did well to get forward with the ball and find Daniele Proch who fired it over the bar.
Just over five minutes later, newcomer Sievert Daehlie got into the mix as he made his way to the endline and has his slotted ball back in front of the goal cleared away last second by a Clemson defender for a corner kick. Duke finished the game with six corner kicks to the Tigers’ five.
Clemson’s best chance of the opening 45 minutes came late and somewhat against the run of play, but Tanner Dietrich was off the mark high. Pulisic and Duke’s backline was outstanding in the first half, keeping the Tigers from finding seams and quality looks at net.
After a full lineup change in the second half, Duke continued to do well and remain comfortable in possession. The Tigers, playing with a lot of their original starters, were able to get in behind Duke’s defense a couple times, but Reis was up to the task.
The best chance of the afternoon came in the 63rd minute as sophomore Stephen O’Connell did well to win the ball 25 yards from goal. He knifed his way through the box and to the end line and slipped the ball back across the net for Colby Agu, who couldn’t quite get enough on it to beat George Marks.
The final 15 minutes of the exhibition featured back and forth as the tired legs set in. Reis did not have to make an official save in his 45 minutes of play, while Marks had three stops, including Agu’s right on the line.
Duke hits the road for its next exhibition Wednesday, Aug. 15 at South Carolina. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.