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Sept. 7, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke sophomore goalkeeper James Belshaw was named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week after leading his Blue Devils to an unbeaten 1-0-1 start to the 2010 season, including a 0-0 draw with 20th-ranked Louisville in the season opener.
The sophomore native of Nottingham, England, made a career-high 15 saves to lead the Blue Devils to a tie with the Cardinals in the season opener. Duke played a man-down for the final 47 minutes of the contest and Belshaw stopped a penalty kick in overtime to keep the score even. The next game, Belshaw played 67 minutes and made one save in a shutout of the Sacramento State Hornets.
For his season-opening efforts, which included 16 saves in nearly 178 minutes in the net, Belshaw was also named the Duke/Nike Classic Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Belshaw is the only keeper in the ACC with an unblemished mark thus far this season – zero goals against in 177-plus minutes of action, and is one of four ACC players (Zac MacMath, Maryland; Diego Destrepo, Virginia; and Justin Luthy, Boston College) in the net that can boast a shutout.
Duke next opens its challenging ACC schedule on Saturday, Sept. 11 as the squad hosts Virginia. The Blue Devils and Cavaliers kick-off at 7 p.m. in Durham.