3. TUESDAY ACTION: No. 4 Blue Devils held to 0-0 draw


No. 4 Duke fell from the ranks of the unbeaten and untied men's teams Tuesday night when the Blue Devils were held to a 0-0 tie by No. 15 Virginia Tech in ACC action.

"That's a part of the nature of the game -- sometimes the goals don't come," said Duke coach John Rennie. "[Virginia Tech] have a good plan. They defend with everybody and leave one guy up top and try to counter to him."

Duke freshman Joshua Bienenfeld came the closest to scoring, rocketing a shot from 30 yards off the crossbar.

The Blue Devils move to 5-0-1, leaving only five unbeaten and untied Division I men's teams: No. 1 SMU (7-0-0), No. 2 Virginia (6-0-0), No. 3 Clemson (6-0-0), No. 10 Washington (5-0-0) and unranked Appalachian State (5-0-0).

SMU, Virginia and Clemson all won on Tuesday night.

SMU beat visiting Centenary, 8-0. Scott Geppert and Chase Wileman led the Mustangs with two goals apiece. Richard Oliva, Manuel Mariel, Jay Needham and Jaime Benitez also scored for the Mustangs, who have now outscored their opponents, 23-1, in their seven games.

Virginia was 26 seconds away from losing to St. Francis (Pa.) at home, but the Cavaliers got a tying goal from Ian Holder and the winner from Dane Murphy two minutes into overtime and prevailed, 2-1.

Frederico Moojen scored two goals and Dane Richards added a goal and two assists to lead Clemson to a 6-0 victory over Wofford. This marks the first time since 1983 that Clemson has won its first six games of the season.

Sophomore midfielder Michael Callahan came off the bench midway thought the second half to score twice and lead No. 5 North Carolina to a 4-0 win over visiting Quinnipiac. Seniors Michael Harrington and Ben Hunter also scored for the Tar Heels (6-1-0), who tallied more than one goal for the first time since the season-opening win over William & Mary.
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  • Junior Jessie Bruch took a cross from senior Brittany Timko and fired a shot into the back of the net with 5:13 remaining in overtime to lift No. 16 Nebraska (4-0-2) to a 1-0 victory over Western Carolina.

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