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Proch Overtime Goal Pushes Duke to Victory
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/26/2018
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DURHAM, N.C.—Duke junior Daniele Proch scored his second goal of the afternoon 1:59 into overtime to lift the 10th-ranked Blue Devils to a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over Vermont in the John Rennie Nike Invitational. The win gave Duke its third consecutive tournament crown after it beat FIU 3-1 Friday night.

Just moments into overtime, Duke pressed forward and freshman Seth Kuhn found himself open from the top of the penalty area. The rookie ripped a shot on frame that was turned away well by goalkeeper Clay Thomas. The rebound fell to the feet of Proch and the striker capitalized to put another one in the win column for the Blue Devils.

Proch was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while Matthias Frick, Issa Rayyan and Brandon Williamson joined him on the all-tournament team. Proch also had the first goal on a first-half penalty kick and already has three on the year.

The Blue Devils (2-0-0) started the game well, creating quality scoring chances off the feet of Kevin Feucht and the head of Proch. Feucht continued to be dangerous for Duke and in the 14th minute the graduate student transfer put a perfect through ball into the box for the elusive Rayyan. Just like Friday night, Rayyan’s quickness got the better of his defender as he drew a penalty kick. Proch stepped up to the spot and finished well to put the Blue Devils ahead 1-0.

Despite controlling possession, Duke was unable to get the second goal and headed into halftime with the 1-0 lead.

Vermont (1-1-0) turned the tables on the Blue Devils in the second half, having the better of play in the early going. The Catamounts were the aggressors and it paid off in the 69th minute when Geo Alves found himself wide open on the back post for a Justin Freitas cross to equalize.

Duke, a resilient squad as it showed Friday night, responded four minutes later when Feucht did well to put a failed clearance in the back of the net. With the ball bouncing around the box, Feucht got to ball at his feet and calmly fired it in for the 2-1 advantage.

The goal buoyed the Blue Devils and they picked up their pace of play in hopes of closing out the 90 minutes with the 2-1 victory. However, Alves had a different idea after a long ball off the foot of keeper Thomas was flicked on by Trevor Colazzo. A missed clearance by the Blue Devils put the ball right at the foot of Alves who slotted it in to tie the game again and force overtime where Proch became the hero of the day.  

Will Pulisic finished with three saves, while Thomas had eight for Vermont. The Catamounts held a narrow 14-13 edge in shots.

Duke returns to action with a road trip west to San Diego. Kickoff with the Toreros is 11:30 p.m. (ET).

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