Strine's late goal lifts UNCG past Duke in preseason opener
DURHAM, N.C. – Matt Strine's score with 2:01 left in the second half to break a scoreless tie as UNCG stunned Duke, 1-0, in preseason men's soccer action Saturday night.
Strine scored off of a scrum with just a shade over two minutes left. Aaron Reifschneider threw the ball in from the side and after a bunch of players in the box couldn't control the ball, it found the foot of Strine with just 2:01 to play to eventually give UNCG the exhibition victory. The Blue Devils have been ranked as high as No. 11 in the preseason polls.
"I'm so proud of the start we have made thus far. The boys showed a great deal of determination tonight against a very talented Duke team," said interim head coach Justin Maullin. "To beat an ACC team on the road is a huge achievement for our young team."
"We are still waiting to put all the pieces together while we wait for a few more of our guys to get cleared through the NCAA clearinghouse. We have a few guys that aren't truly healthy, either, so we had to take care of that, too, tonight," said Maullin "We have only been training for four days, so there is still a lot of work to be done. I believe that we have talent and tonight that talent worked hard and showed some fight. I can't be anything but happy with the result."
Duke had a 22-6 advantage in shots on the night. Peyton Ford, the starting goalkeeper for UNCG had six saves. Davis Griffin, who earned the win in relief, made two saves. Ford worked the first 61 minutes of the match before giving way to Griffin.
James Beishaw worked the first 59 minutes for the Blue Devils in goal before giving way to Jan Trnka-Amrhein, who surrendered the game-winner.
UNCG will face North Carolina next Saturday at UNCG Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m.
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
UNCG................ 0 1 - 1
Duke University..... 0 0 - 0
SCORING SUMMARY: UNCG Matt Strine (Aaron Reifschneider) 87:59; Shots: UNCG 6, Duke University 22. Saves: UNCG 8 (Davis Griffin 2; Peyton Ford 6), Duke University 2 (James Belshaw 2). Corner Kicks: UNCG 1, Duke 6. Fouls: UNCG 20, Duke 9.
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