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Nov. 10, 2010
Boston College scored an early goal and then relied on stingy defense around the net to advance to the tournament semifinals for the fourth consecutive year.
"We worked very hard against a good team," said Boston College head coach Ed Kelly. "We're a balanced team, and so are they. I think we are two very even teams. They got a break last time (in a 1-0 Duke victory on September 24). We got our break today."
Amit Aburmad gave No. 14 Boston College the early lead, scoring from eight yards out in the 17th minute after taking a cross from Edvin Worley and Kyle Bekker on the right side. After that, it was the Eagle defense that secured the victory.
"Amit scored a great goal," Kelly said. "That was a great play. When you score first, it's a lot of work out there. The other team brings a lot of pressure and you have to defend for your life."
Duke fell behind early, but controlled the ball for most of the game. The 19th-ranked Blue Devils outshot BC, 9-4, and took five corner kicks to the Eagles' none. Duke midfielder Chris Tweed-Kent led all players with three shots on goal. The Blue Devils were unable to get on the board; however, Boston College goalkeeper Justin Luthy registered four saves - three before intermission - and the Eagles collapsed around the net in the second half.
"I'm pretty happy," Kelly said. "This was a great game for us, both for the ACC and the NCAA."
Duke coach John Kerr was not as pleased. "It was disappointing," he said. "This wasn't our best game, for sure. We didn't execute as well as we normally do. We had a lot of the play, but we just didn't get the important goal to even things up."
Boston College (10-3-5) will face top-seeded North Carolina (15-2-1) on Friday at 8:00 p.m. in the four-day tournament semifinals. Duke (9-5-4) will await Monday's NCAA selection show to learn when and where it will next play.