In its first ACC match of the season the Blue Devils fell to Virginia 1-0. Duke (1-3-0, 0-1-0 in ACC) traveled to Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. Friday where the team lost its second road game of the year.
After less then a minute on the clock play was suspended after the Blue Devil’s Lewis McLeod was carted off the field with a leg injury and taken to the hospital.
The Cavaliers (2-2-0, 1-0-0) controlled the pace in the opening 15 minutes, putting strong pressure on Duke’s defense. The Blue Devils found their footing and managed to possess well for the remainder of the half, but struggled to find offensive opportunities. Duke finished the half with only two shots compared to Virginia’s six.
The second half started with even play between the two squads until a cross from the Cavaliers’ left wing found the foot of Marcus Salandy-Defour. The freshman then played the ball to the penalty area where forward Will Bates finished it for a 1-0 lead.
Belshaw later managed a difficult save on a free kick and the defense continued to fend off opportunities. Duke continued to press forward, adding four shots to its scorecard, but was unable to find the back of the net. Although Virginia outshot Duke 11-2, the teams both registered two shots on goal. The Cavaliers totalled three corner kicks in the match to the Blue Devils’ two.
Struggling to finish on the offensive end has been a recurring issue for Duke, which remained scoreless after preseason play and have put only three balls in the back of the net in their four regular-season games. Their leading scorer from last season, Andrew Wenger, was selected No. 1 in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. The Blue Devils return home to Koskinen Stadium Tuesday when they take on Georgia State at 7 p.m.