Men's Soccer Downs No. 11 Duke, 2-0; Earns Fourth Straight Win
Sept. 25, 2009
NEWTON, Mass. - Freshman midfielder Colin Murphy netted the game-winning goal in the 51st minute and goalkeeper Justin Luthy made three second-half saves as Boston College earned a 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over 11th-ranked Duke before 1,332 fans at the Newton Campus Complex.
The victory marked BC's fourth in as many games - and second against a ranked opponent. BC (5-3-0, 1-1-0 ACC) defeated Fairfield and No. 14 Boston University last week and earned a 2-1 win at Hartford this past Tuesday.
Murphy beat a Duke defender to Edvin Worley's cross, controlled the ball and scored with his right foot at 50:04 for a 1-0 lead, a score that held until the game's final minute when freshman Kevin Mejia was hauled down in the penalty box and converted on the ensuing penalty kick for the 2-0 victory.
Mejia's goal, his second of the season, was tallied at 89:27.
Boston College registered a 10-8 shot advantage in the game, including a 5-2 edge in the first 45 minutes. Duke tallied a 6-5 edge in shots in the second half and attempted three corner kicks.
Duke freshman goalkeeper James Belshaw made three saves in the match, including an outstanding effort off Patrick Chin's tailing right-footed missile from 20 yards in the 30th minute.
Luthy tallied three saves in the second half to earn his fifth collegiate victory and third shutout performance of his young career.
BC freshman midfielder Kyle Bekker nearly scored early in the match with a hard, right-footed shot from the far side in the second minute and Worley almost scored a goal of his own in the 60th minute, but Belshaw recorded saves in each instance.
Duke junior Cole Crossman led the Blue Devils offense with three shots in the match.
The Blue Devils fall to 5-2-0 and 1-2-0 in conference play.
Game Notes: Senior fullback Chris Carey returned from injury into the BC starting lineup and played 58 minutes ... With one assist in the contest, freshman forward Charlie Rugg extended his point-scoring streak to four games, during which he has tallied a team-high eight points - three goals and two assists ... With one assist in the match, Worley now has a four-game point-scoring streak and has registered six points - two goals and two assists ... A total of five cards - four yellow and one red - were issued in the match ... BC improves to 2-3-0 in the all-time conference series with Duke; it earned a 4-2 win behind two goals from Alejandro Bedoya at Duke in 2007 and fell 1-0 in double overtime at BC last fall ... Next, Boston College will host Siena in non-conference action on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m.