Blue Devils Go Ahead Early, Advance to ACC Quarterfinals


DURHAM – The eighth-ranked and fifth-seeded Duke men’s soccer team went ahead early and held on late to defeat 12th-seeded Boston College, 3-2, to advance to the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday evening at Koskinen Stadium.

The Blue Devils (11-3-2) move on to the quarterfinals to face Clemson on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m., live on the ACC Network in Clemson, S.C.

How It Happened

•    The Blue Devils got on the board quickly as Nick Pariano placed a perfect corner kick to the head of Antino Lopez at the 2:03 mark.  It marked Lopez’s second goal of the season.  

•    After Duke attempted the first two shots of the match, Boston College outshot the Blue Devils 8-6 for the rest of the first half.  

•    Both goalkeepers netted four saves each in the first 45 minutes.  

•    At the 53:03 mark, Pariano found some open space just outside the box to open the second half, but the Eagles’ goalkeeper Brennan Klein was there to make a diving stop to his right.  

•    Duke went ahead, 2-0, in the 61:01 mark as Ulfur Bjornsson blasted a right-footed attempt towards the left post.  Klein tried to make a diving stop, but the ball went off his hand and into the side of the net off an assist from Drew Kerr.  

•    A minute and 30 seconds later, Kerr used some fancy footwork to get past a Boston College defender and into the box.  Kerr drove towards the endline and sent a perfect cross in front of the goal to a wide open

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