Duke 3, Virginia 0

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Duke Blue Devils (18-5-0) defeated the #4-seeded Virginia Cavaliers (18-5-1) by the score of 3-0 in the Quarterfinals of the 2004 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship in front of 4,193 spectators at UVa's Klockner Stadium. The Blue Devils knocked off the Cavaliers for the first time in three tries this season after dropping a pair of games to Virginia earlier this year, once in the regular season and again in the ACC Tournament. Duke's Danny Kramer scored the decisive goal of the match just over 11 minutes into the contest and the Blue Devils built an insurmountable 3-0 lead over the Cavaliers to earn a trip to the 2004 College Cup next week.

Duke scored its first goal of the match at 11:44 and took a 1-0 lead when Michael Videira sent a cross off of a free kick into the box where Kramer one-timed the ball for a goal. Kramer's goal was the eventual game-winner. The Blue Devils extended their lead to 2-0 at 20:30 when Zachary Pope and Spencer Wadsworth set up a scoring opportunity for teammate Tomek Charowski. After Wadsworth directed a pass and Pope played a cross into the box, Charowski got his foot on the ball for a shot that found the back of the UVa to give his team a two-goal lead. Duke took its 2-0 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

In the second period, Virginia tried to rally and cut into Duke's lead, but the Blue Devils were able to stand strong and countered UVa's attack with another goal of their own when Duke's Wadsworth scored at the 59:37 mark. The Blue Devils' Chris Loftus gathered the ball near midfield and drove deep into UVa territory. Loftus played the ball to Wadsworth where he gathered the cross and connected on a one-timer to give Duke a 3-0 lead. That would be all the scoring in the match as the Blue Devils held on to post the 3-0 shutout over Virginia.

Duke goalkeeper Justin Trowbridge made three saves in the win to preserve the shutout victory. UVa goalkeeper Ryan Burke also made three saves for the Cavaliers in the loss.

With the win, Duke's record improves to 18-5-0 overall. The loss drops Virginia's record to 18-5-1 on the season. The Blue Devils are now 2-1-0 all-time against UVa in the NCAA Tournament.

Duke will return to action on Friday, December 10th when the Blue Devils travel to Carson, Calif. to compete in the 2004 College Cup at the Home Depot Center. Duke will play the winner of the VCU vs. UC Santa Barbara match in the Semifinals of the College Cup. The Cavaliers were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament following the loss.

--Courtesy UVa