No. 3 Duke Finishes Regular Season Unbeaten and Takes Top Place in ACC Tournament

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BLACKSBURG, Va. – The third-ranked Duke men’s soccer team secured its first undefeated regular season since 1999 by beating Virginia Tech 1-0 at Thompson Field on Friday night. With the win, the Blue Devils (11-0-4, 5-0-3) took the ACC Coastal Division title outright and earned at least a share of the division crown for the second season in a row. Duke is entering the upcoming ACC tournament for the first time since 2006 as the No. 1 overall seed.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Duke put in his first shot on target in the sixth minute, with Nick Pariano forcing a save from the Virginia Tech goalkeeper. Possession was exchanged between the two teams in the middle third of the field for a majority of the first half. Duke increased the offensive pressure in the 25th and 26th minutes, with Antino Lopez and Shakur Mohammed firing. Scotty Taylor opened the scoring for Duke in the 27th minute, scoring his third goal of the season with assists from Nick Pariano and Peter Stroud. The Blue Devils nearly scored their second goal of the half, but the Virginia Tech goalkeeper made a save in the 41st minute with a nosedive to prevent Felix Barajas from scoring on a serve from Luke Thomas. Mohammed had a good chance in the 42nd minute, but was denied his 10th goal of 2022 with another sprawling save from the Hokies. The Blue Devils fired four shots in the first 12 minutes of the second half but were unable to find the back of the net. Mohammed created a strong scoring opportunity in the 70th minute, but was blocked by a Virginia Tech defender. The Virginia Tech goalkeeper denied Thomas from saving the second goal of the evening in the 73rd minute with a diving foot. The Blue Devils defensive line remained strong as the second half wore on, forcing Virginia Tech’s limited shots to go wide. The Hokies’ first shot at goal came in the 88th minute, but the powerful shot was thwarted by Eliot Hamill. Duke completed his first undefeated regular season since 1999 and is the first ACC team to go undefeated in conference play since Wake Forest in 2017. The Blue Devils defeated the Hokies 14-6 overall to hold a 6-1 advantage for shooting target. Duke earned eight corners compared to zero for Virginia Tech. Scotty Taylor scored his second winning goal of 2022 and the third of his career. Having set Taylor in front of goal, Nick Pariano now has seven assists from the team this season. Peter Stroud’s assist was his fifth of the year. Eliot Hamill recorded his 11th clean sheet of the year to take the graduate student to solo fourth in program history for shutouts in a season. QUOTES “It didn’t just start with the preseason in August. It started when we lost our last game against Saint Louis last season. We wanted to do one better. Every segment of the regular season and now we’re going into the ACC tournament and beyond also the NCAA tournament, we wanted to do better than last year. So far we’ve done a great job getting through the season undefeated.” — head coach John Kerr on how Duke motivated himself all season. “We’ve played a lot of tough games. This was another tough game tonight. Virginia Tech gave us a real run for our money and were ready. They’re a good team and they worked their very best. Coach Brizendine really had them tonight done. Hats off to them. At the end of the day we got the win. We found the match at the end and made sure we got the win. Really, really proud of these guys. They are resting and going we are preparing for the ACC Tournament.” – Kerr on how Duke secured the win against Virginia Tech. “Coach Kerr says it all the time. When you get your chance you have to be ready to take it. I’d like to say I did, but at the end of the day I’m just really proud of this team and what we’ve done.” – Scotty Taylor on starting the match and scoring the winning goal. UP NEXT Duke enters the ACC tournament as the #1 seed and earns a first round bye. The Blue Devils will play their first game of the postseason at 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 6 at Koskinen Stadium against the winner of No. 8 Clemson and No. 9 Notre Dame, to keep up to date with Blue Devils men’s football, follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by searching “https://goduke.com/news/2022/10/28/DukeMSOC”.

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