DURHAM, N.C.—Senior forward Cameron Moseley came off the bench in the second half and netted a pair of goals to lift the Blue Devils to a 2-0 victory over South Carolina in men’s soccer exhibition play Sunday night.
Moseley, Duke’s primary target to start the second period of the scrimmage, struck a beauty of a free kick from 25 yards in the 57th minute to put the Blue Devils in front 1-0. Stepping up behind the ball, Moseley hit the ball perfectly to the right upper 90, leaving South Carolina goalkeeper Ian McGrane no chance to make the save.
The veteran forward made it a 2-0 game in the 86th minute on a fabulous through ball from freshman Kristófer Garðarsson. Moseley, wide open behind the Gamecock defense, ran onto the perfectly weight pass and fired it past the South Carolina goalie for the second time of the night.
Defensively, Duke was excellent throughout the 95-minute scrimmage, remaining organized and moving as a unit to keep the Gamecocks off the scoreboard. Starting goalie Will Pulisic didn’t see much action thanks to the quality defense in front of him. Joe Ohaus, coming in for the second 45 minutes, made a pair of fantastic saves from point-blank range, and three saves overall to preserve the clean sheet for the Blue Devils.
The teams, both in their fifth day of preseason training, spent much of the opening 20 minutes getting into a rhythm as neither team really threatened. Duke, starting to gain control of the run of play, had the first dangerous opportunity when Kevon Black broke loose down the left flank a sent a ball across the box where a sliding South Carolina defender touched it across the end line before it could reach a wide-open Ciaran McKenna on the doorstep.
Senior striker Brian White also nearly put the Blue Devils on frame with a hustle play against Gamecock goalie William Pyle and almost reaped the benefit as his deflection of Pyle’s attempted clearance skipped wide right of the far post.
The Gamecocks gave the Blue Devils a scare late in the opening half as a service skipped across the goalmouth to the back post and just past the outstretched foot of a South Carolina forward. It was the best chance of the opening 45 minutes for the visiting team.
In the second half, it was Ohaus coming up with a pair of monster saves in the 72nd and 82nd minutes to keep the shutout alive. The first was a point-blank shot from 12 yards that he smothered without allowing a rebound. His quick reactions were called upon again 10 minutes later on a strike from 15 yards.
Overall, Duke outshot South Carolina by an 11-5 count. Ohaus made three stops, while Pyle and McGrane combined for three saves.
Duke continues exhibition play at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival August 17-19 against Xavier and Indiana, respectively. Thursday night’s game kicks off at 6 p.m., while the meeting with the Hoosiers starts at 8 p.m.