Duke

MSOC: Shutout Streak Extends to 399:58 with Win over SIUE

Posted November 2, 2012

Duke Logo

— Duke University senior goalkeeper James Belshaw extended his shutout streak to 399:58 and a pair of freshmen tallied goals to lead the Blue Devils to a crucial 2-0 victory over SIU Edwardsville in the men’s soccer regular season finale this evening. Rookies Zach Mathers and Luis Rendon netted goals for Duke.

Playing in his final regular season contest, Belshaw made three saves en route to registering his fourth straight shutout and career-best eighth of the year. The win pushed Duke to 8-7-2 overall leading into the ACC Tournament, while SIUE falls to 12-6-0.

“The credit [during this shutout streak] doesn’t just go to me,” Belshaw said. “It goes to the whole team. And not even just the back four and eleven starters, but also the guys off the bench. We’ve had this mentality this year of not conceding goals and just defending like our life depends on it. We’ve done that and that’s what has brought us success.”

Youth served the Blue Devils well in the game as freshmen and sophomores combined for all of the goals and the assists. Sophomore Riley Wolfe assisted on both scores, while Sean Davis notched his third assist of the season on what proved to be the game winner.

“I’m proud of our guys,” head coach John Kerr said. “They played hard. We didn’t play great the whole time, but it’s been a tough week with Elon and now this great team so it took a lot out of us. Now we have to recover and get ready for our big game on Tuesday.”

Duke, in need of a victory to close the regular season, came out well to start the game. The Blue Devils controlled much of the possession as the two squads spent the opening 15 minutes feeling each other out. With neither team generating any dangerous opportunities in the early going, Duke took advantage of its first chance in the 17th minute.

Earning a throw-in in the Cougars’ defensive third, Wolfe backed up for one of his patented long throw-ins from the right sideline. The toss found Davis in the center of the field just outside the penalty box. The Blue Devil midfielder flicked the ball into the penalty area where Mathers volleyed the ball past SIUE goalie Kent Kobernus for his second goal in the past three games and a 1-0 Duke lead.

The Blue Devils continued to control the run of play in the first half, creating four more shots, including another incredible strike from Mathers that sailed just high. SIUE managed four shots in the opening 45 minutes, but could not get past Duke’s stalwart defense as the Blue Devils went into halftime with the 1-0 advantage.

SIUE, after weathering a good start by the Blue Devils in the second half that featured consecutive headers from sophomore Nat Eggleston that missed just wide, took control of the game midway through the period. In need of an equalizer, the Cougars generated numerous dangerous looks at net.

The best chance of the evening for the visiting squad came with just over 20 minutes to play as a Cougar found his way in behind the Duke defense. Looking like he had an easy path to goal, Duke sophomore defender recovered well and slid at the final moment to prevent to block any chance of getting a good shot off.

Just over a minute later, Cougar forward Kevin Stoll had his shot from 12 yards saved by Belshaw, while the rebound shot from Jared Tejada sailed high. Belshaw came up big again with 13 minutes to go, stopping another Tejada shot from long range.

With SIUE seemingly on the verge of netting the equalizer, Duke scored against the run of play in the 84th minute to clinch the win. Wolfe, active again for the Blue Devils in the offensive third, found a streaking Rendon on the left side. The rookie forward got into the box, beat a defender and slipped the shot past Kobernus for the 2-0 lead. The assist was Wolfe’s second of the game and third of the season.

“First of all, the SIUE team is very talented, very good going forward, good movement off the ball and we thought [Zach Mathers] could help us in the back,” head coach John Kerr said. “Obviously it left a hole in the midfield. Having Luis [Rendon] come into the fray really helped because he’s a little bit more active and comfortable on the ball and created some chances for himself and put one away, which was huge for us to ice the game.”

The Blue Devils backline, determined to keep the clean sheet, held off the Cougars in the final six minutes for the 2-0 victory.

Duke held a 15-10 advantage in shots, while the Cougars won the corner kick battle 6-3. Kobernus finished with two saves in the setback.

The Blue Devils begin ACC Tournament play Tuesday, Nov. 6 at third-ranked North Carolina. Duke earned the No. 7 seed in the tournament, while the Tar Heels are second after taking a share of the ACC regular season title.



Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • NHL Playoffs: Teams TBD

    Saturday at 12:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Kentucky Derby

    Saturday at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL Playoffs: Teams TBD

    Saturday at 7:15 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MLB: LA Dodgers vs. Toronto

    Saturday at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • Kentucky Derby

    Saturday at 5:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NASL: RailHawks vs. Ft. Lauderdale

    Saturday at 7:30 pm on 1550 The Ticket

MLB Scoreboard
Interleague
LA Angels 4:20 PT5:20 MT6:20 CT7:20 ET19:20 ET23:20 GMT7:20 4:20 MST6:20 EST6:50 VEN3:20 UAE (+1)6:20 CT
Preview
Milwaukee 
 
Washington 5:15 PT6:15 MT7:15 CT8:15 ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 MST7:15 EST7:45 VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 CT
Preview
Kansas City 
American League
Texas 4:07 PT5:07 MT6:07 CT7:07 ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 MST6:07 EST6:37 VEN3:07 UAE (+1)6:07 CT
Preview
Toronto 
 
Minnesota 5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Houston 
 
Seattle 7:05 PT8:05 MT9:05 CT10:05 ET22:05 ET2:05 GMT10:05 7:05 MST9:05 EST9:35 VEN6:05 UAE (+1)9:05 CT
Preview
Oakland 
National League
Chi Cubs 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
Pittsburgh 
 
San Francisco 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Cincinnati 
 
Atlanta 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
NY Mets 
 
Philadelphia 5:15 PT6:15 MT7:15 CT8:15 ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 MST7:15 EST7:45 VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 CT
Preview
St. Louis 
 
Colorado 7:10 PT8:10 MT9:10 CT10:10 ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 MST9:10 EST9:40 VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 CT
Preview
San Diego 
 
Zurich Classic (PGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1B. Stuard - z-15F
2tB. An - y-15F
2tJ. Lovemark - y-15F
4B. Wyatt-14F
5tC. Kirk-13F
5tJ. Day-13F
5tJ. Vegas-13F
8tB. Molder-11F
8tP. Kizzire-11F
8tH. Varner III-11F
View Full Leaderboard
z = Won in Playoff   y = Lost in Playoff
 
Texas LPGA (LPGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1J. Shin-14F
2tM. Hur-12F
2tG. Piller-12F
2tA. Yang-12F
5S. Feng-10F
6A. Jutanugarn-8F
7tN. Choi-7F
7tE. Ji-7F
7tS. Kim-7F
10tK. Icher-6F
View Full Leaderboard
 
Volvo China Open (EURO)
PosNameScoreThru
1H. Li-22F
2F. Aguilar-19F
3tL. Bjerregaard-18F
3tR. Bland-18F
3tM. Siem-18F
6tP. Hanson-17F
6tS. Hend-17F
6tR. Ramsay-17F
9tD. Lipsky-16F
9tA. Noren-16F
View Full Leaderboard
 
ATP Scoreboard
Monday, May 2
(ATP/WTA)
First Round
(16) G. Simon6 3 6   
M. Baghdatis3 6 4   
L. Mayer65 6 4   
F. Lopez77 4 6   
(11) M. Raonic77 6    
T. Bellucci64 1    
V. Troicki4 4    
A. Kuznetsov6 6    
(10) R. Gasquet6 77    
R. Carballes 1 65    
D. Istomin6 6    
T. Gabashvili1 4    
(12) D. Goffin64 6 67   
L. Pouille77 2 79   
N. Mahut4 4    
J. Sousa6 6    
R. Stepanek6 64 6   
V. Pospisil1 77 4   
P. Herbert77 65 4   
S. Querrey65 77 6   
(9) D. Ferrer3 6 6   
G. Garcia-Lop6 1 2   
 
WTA Scoreboard
Monday, May 2
(ATP/WTA)
Second Round
(13) K. Pliskova63 4    
C. McHale77 6    
(16) S. Stephens2 3    
P. Tig6 6    
(12) E. Svitolina2 64    
D. Gavrilova6 77    
(5) P. Kvitova6 6    
E. Vesnina3 3    
(4) V. Azarenka6 6    
A. Cornet3 2    
M. Keys6 6    
B. Strycova3 3    
(14) A. Ivanovic7 1 3   
L. Chirico5 6 6   
(3) G. Muguruza7 64 3   
I. Begu5 77 6