Ken Lolla scored on an assist from Tom Kain with 4 minutes 11 seconds gone and Duke proceeded to a 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference soccer victory over Virginia today.
Nationally top-ranked Duke stopped an 11-game Virginia winning streak and supplanted the Cavaliers in the ACC lead. Duke is 15-0-2 and 3-0-1 in the ACC; ninth-ranked Virginia is 12-4 and 4-1.
The fifth goal this season for midfielder Lolla came following a cross from Sean McCoy in the left corner. The ball bounded off the leg of Kain, Duke's leading scorer, and Lolla put it in the net.
"A reaction goal," Lolla said. "Tom tried to volley the ball and he mis-hit it. I just reacted and kicked it past their keeper (Steve Baer).
"I think our maturity was the difference. We have six senior starters. Virginia is still trying to prove they belong in the top 10."
"I don't think there was a winner today. A draw would have been more appropriate," said Bruce Arena, the Virginia coach. "I think you saw two teams play on equal terms. We were a little tentative in the beginning and that cost us the game, as we gave up a sloppy goal, but we had the upper hand for (all) 45 minutes of the second half."
Second-ranked Clemson, 15-0-2 overall, stands second in the ACC at 2-0-1--and confronts the Cavaliers on Friday in Charlottesville.