NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Fourth-ranked Notre Dame tallied a pair of goals in the final two minutes to hand Duke a 3-1 setback in ACC men’s soccer action this evening at Alumni Stadium. Junior Jack Coleman had the goal for the Blue Devils.
Duke falls to 4-3-2 and 0-3-1 in ACC play, while Notre Dame improves to 4-0-3 and 2-0-2 in conference action.
Notre Dame had the better of play in the early going of the first half, getting the first scoring chances of the opening half. Harrison Shipp nearly put the Irish up 1-0 in the 21st minute as he dribbled past a couple of Duke defenders and struck the ball off the crossbar from 18 yards.
The Blue Devils gained composure and started to press forward themselves. Unable to generate any shots in the opening 45 minutes, Duke had three corner kicks, but could not connect on any of them.
Overall, Notre Dame finished with seven shots in the first 45 minutes, three of which were on frame. The best chance of the half was Shipp’s shot that went off the crossbar. Alex Long made a pair of stops in goal for the Blue Devils.
After holding a team scoreless in the first half for the fifth time this season, Duke fell behind just 50 seconds into the second frame. Luke Mishu got open on the right side and swung in a cross to the back post where Max Lachowecki headed home the ball for the 1-0 lead.
Just over four minutes later, the Blue Devils evened the score with a tally from Coleman. Nearly 30 yards from goal on the left side of the field, the junior defender was looking for a teammate in the box with a cross. However, the ball sailed across the face of the goal and into the right side netting for his first career score.
The pace quickened throughout the second half continued with Duke and Notre Dame both looking for that go-ahead goal. The Blue Devils managed five more shots, three of which were on goal. The Irish had a few good looks that skipped wide as the squads headed into the 80th minute all square at 1-1.
Looking like the game might head into overtime, Patrick Hodan had a nice piece of individual work in the offensive third for the Irish. Open on top of the 18, the midfielder ripped a shot into the left corner for the 2-1 lead with 2:03 left in regulation. A minute later Notre Dame made it 3-1 on a Shipp penalty kick.
For the game, the Irish held a 17-6 advantage in shots and a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Long finished with three saves, while Patrick Wall also made three stops.
Duke hosts UNC Wilmington in its next outing, Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.