No. 2 Virginia and No. 7 Duke Play To A 2-2 Draw
DURHAM, N.C. – No. 2 Virginia and No. 7 Duke played to a double-overtime 2-2 draw in men’s soccer action on Saturday night in Durham, N.C.
With the result, Virginia’s record went to 2-0-1 overall and 0-0-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Cavaliers extended their unbeaten streak to 19 games (15-0-4). Duke’s record went to 1-0-2 overall (0-0-1 ACC).
Duke’s Rob Dolot scored his first goal of the season to put his team up, 1-0, in the 23rd minute. Dolot’s Blue Devil teammate, Jonathan Aguirre, fired a shot on goal that was saved by UVa goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.), but Dolot finished the rebound for the score.
Jimmy Simpson’s (Warrenton, Va.) second goal of the season equalized the game in the 71st minute. Ari Dimas (Chesapeake, Va.) had the assist.
As time was winding down in the second half, Sean Hiller (Howell, N.J.) gave the Cavaliers a 2-1 lead in the 86th minute. With assists from T.J. Cyrus (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Brian Span (Somers, N.Y.), Hiller hit his shot into the right corner of the net past Duke’s diving goalkeeper James Belshaw.
For Hiller, it was his second goal of the year and of his career.
Duke countered less than two minutes later, however, as Ryan Finley tied the game at 2-2 in the 88th minute.
In overtime, neither team could capitalize on its offensive opportunities and the squads settled for a 2-2 draw.
Restrepo finished with eight saves, while Belshaw had five.
The Cavaliers were out-shot, 19-12, and Duke held a 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.
In ACC openers during head coach George Gelnovatch’s tenure (beginning with the 1996 season), the Cavaliers have compiled an 8-3-4 record.
In the all-time series with Duke, Virginia is now 37-36-8. UVa got its first positive result on the road against the Blue Devils since a win at Koskinen Stadium during the 2001 season.
Up next, Virginia hosts Marist at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14.