Sept. 12, 2009

Courtesy of goduke.com

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Duke University sophomore Daniel Tweed-Kent tallied his first collegiate goal in thrilling fashion this evening as the 19th-ranked Blue Devils upset No. 16 Virginia at Klöckner Stadium in the teams' ACC opener. Junior Cole Grossman provided the assist on the score in the 101st minute.

The Blue Devils move to 4-0-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in ACC action. The loss is the first for the Cavaliers this season as they fall to 2-1-0 and 0-1-0 in the conference.

"We had an excellent game plan," head coach John Kerr said. "We did our homework on Virginia and some of their weapons were not necessarily nullified, but less of a threat. We were fortunate a couple of times that they missed some opportunities, but we dug our heels in and worked together and found a way to win the game."

After playing an entire 100 minutes of soccer, Duke needed just 26 more seconds to net the game-winner. Christopher Tweed-Kent got the ball on the right side and slotted it into the box where rookie Ryan Finley one-timed a shot. Blocked by a Virginia defender, Finley's shot popped out to the top of the box for Grossman to collect for a shot on goal. Diego Restrepo parried the ball away from net to the foot of Dan Tweed-Kent who knocked it home for the game-winner.

Duke was able to hold off Virginia's high-powered attack in the opening 45 minutes to head into the locker room in a scoreless tie. It marked the first time the Cavaliers were held scoreless in the first half this season.

The Blue Devils continue to stifle Virginia in the second half and were able to apply a little bit of their own pressure.

"It was an excellent defensive performance for us tonight," Kerr said. "We may not have had any really glaring opportunities [to score], but we kept a lot of pressure on them during the game."

The second half was similar to the first as Virginia held a 7-3 advantage on shots, with Duke goalkeeper James Belshaw making two stops. Able to hold off the Cavaliers for a second 45 minutes, the Blue Devils headed into what proved to be the thrilling final 10:26 of the contest.

The Blue Devils were outshot 14-8 for the game, holding the Cavaliers scoreless for the first time this season. The shutout is the third for Duke this season. Belshaw made three stops in 90 minutes of action, while Restrepo made one save.

Duke takes on ACC rival North Carolina next, traveling to Chapel Hill for the annual Carlyle Cup game on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.