GW Men's Soccer Plays Duke to Scoreless Draw in Exhibition Opener
Colonials Host Montgomery College for Exhibition on Tuesday
Aug 18, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - In its first of three exhibition matches, the George Washington men's soccer team battled host Duke to a 0-0 draw on Sunday afternoon.
"I'm very happy with today's performance," said second-year head coach Craig Jones. "I knew going in that this was going to be a tough game as Duke is a quality team. We got a chance to give many of our new players significant minutes and everyone did great. It's the first game and it's a good result, but we still have a lot of work to do to get to where we need to be for the season ahead."
Duke controlled the possession early in the first half, but neither team was able to generate any dangerous scoring opportunities. The Blue Devils had the best scoring chance in the period as Seo-In Kim served in a corner kick that Sebastien Ibeagha headed just over the crossbar.
GW had the better start to the second half and nearly got on the board in the 53rd minute when Hinners fired a shot off the crossbar.
In the 69th minute of play, van der Merwe set aside a strike by Duke forward Luis Rendon from 18 yards out to preserve the tie. The Blue Devils had another good look later in the period when Sean Davis one-timed a left-footed shot from the top of the box off the crossbar and Ibeagha put the rebound over the goal.
Duke outshot GW, 11-4, and held a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. Blue Devils' goalie Alex Long matched van der Merwe with two saves.
The Colonials return home to host Montgomery College in an exhibition on Tuesday at 4 p.m.