No. 19 Duke Scores Twice Early in Second Half to Defeat Mids, 3-0
Oct. 20, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. -- No. 19-ranked Duke scored twice in a five-minute, 17-second span early in the second half to break open a tight game and hand the Navy men's soccer team, 3-0, at Koskinen Stadium on Tuesday night. The loss was Navy's second in a row, dropping the Mids' record to 8-7-0 overall, while Duke improves to 9-4-0 overall.
"We did a lot of things pretty well, and I was pleased with some things," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "It's always going to be tough to break Duke down on the offensive end and we made some mistakes and they capitalized. I thought we passed ball pretty well, and kept the ball and dictated the pace for long periods of time, I though. We just need to get better at finishing some chances."
Duke got on the board first at the 25-minute mark, when Ryan Finley netted his eighth goal of the season to give the Blue Devils the lead. Temi Molinar played a through ball into the box, where Finley slid a low shot into the middle of the net for a 1-0 advantage.
Cole Grossman than added to the lead right after halftime in the 53rd minute, with a 25-yard blast into the left center of the net.
Duke then added an insurance goal just five minutes later, when Christopher Tweed-Kent netted his first goal of the season in the 58th minute for a 3-0 cushion.
The Blue Devils outshot Navy, 15-3, and had eight shots on goal to Navy's two. Duke had two corner kicks to Navy's one, and Navy was whistled for just three fouls to Duke's five. Tyler Bristol made four saves in 61 minutes of action, before Will Craven came on in the second half to make one save in almost 30 minutes of time.
"We recognize that we did some things well and that we need to get better," said Brandt. "But it is an effort I really think we can build off down the stretch run, and especially against Holy Cross on Sunday. We just need to continue to improve."
Navy will host Holy Cross on Sunday at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility, beginning at 1:00 pm. The Mids are 2-2-0 in the Patriot League, which is tied for third, with just three league games left. Fans that bring a Wake Forest football ticket stub from Saturday's game can purchase a soccer ticket for just $2 at the GWSF ticket window.
The game will also be the final game for eight seniors. The players will be honored in a brief ceremony before the contest.
# GO NAVY #