DURHAM, N.C. – Diego Campos’ three goals, Clemson’s second hat trick in as many games, powered the No. 11 Tigers past the No. 16 Duke Blue Devils on Friday night at Koskinen Stadium. With the win, Clemson improved to 10-3-0 overall and 3-3-0 in the ACC, while Duke fell to 10-3-1 overall and 3-3-0 in conference play.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead at the 20-minute mark on Campos’ first goal of the night, a shot that slipped inside the far post from 12 yards out after a cross from Oliver Shannon on the right side. Assisted by Alexander Hemmingsen and Jason Wright, Campos doubled the Tiger lead just six minutes later on a shot to the lower left corner from 15 yards out. Duke’s Brian White scored his team-leading ninth goal in the 38th minute, cutting the Tigers’ halftime lead to 2-1.
The Blue Devils played the final 48 minutes with 10 players after Matthias Frick got a red card late in the first half. Campos completed his hat trick in the 52nd minute after Duke goalkeeper Will Pulisic deflected a save on a shot by Jason Wright right to Campos, who capitalized on the opportunity. Three minutes later, Saul Chinchilla laced in a shot from up the middle on an assist by Michael Melvin and boosted Clemson’s lead to 4-1.
For the match, Clemson outshot Duke 21-10, with nine of those Tiger shots being on goal, and Ximo Miralles recorded four saves.
“ACC road wins are difficult to come by, so I was really proud of the team tonight,” head coach Mike Noonan said. “It was a team win front to back, and probably our most complete performance over 90 minutes this year. We now have a little recovery time and then will have to go back on the road to play an excellent Syracuse team.”
Clemson stays on the road for its next matchup, a Saturday faceoff with the Syracuse Orange. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium.
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