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Blue Devils blitz Fighting Irish
by Paul Kennedy, August 28th, 2011 7:33PM

TAGS:  college women


[DUKE-NOTRE DAME] No. 10 Duke came back from 1-0 down at the half to score three goals in 12 minutes -- the second on a terrific individual effort by Alaskan freshman Kelly Cobb -- and to beat No. 2 Notre Dame, 3-1, handing the Fighting Irish their second loss in two games at the Carolina Nike Classic.

The Blue Devils' second-half pressure came off in the 63rd minute when Laura Weinberg scored on a 16-yard shot that tucked inside the far post after taking a pass from Mollie Pathman.

Duke went ahead when less than four minutes later when Cobb picked up a pass on the right side at midfield, beat her defender down the sideline and then angled to the top of the box before uncorking a rising blast that tucked neatly under the crossbar.

Duke iced the win in the 75th minute when Chelsea Canepa scored from six yards out.

Blue Devil coach Robbie Church notched his 300th career win over his 25 years as a women's and men's head coach.

"As [Notre Dame coach] Randy [Waldron] said, 'We were the better team on the day from the opening whistle' and we were," said Church. "We played well. That was a tough thing for them [Notre Dame] to do -- to come here and play both Carolina and us. Our kids really played well and focused the whole time. We needed that first goal to give us that energy."

Waldrum was disappointed after his team's second straight loss. It fell to North Carolina, 2-1, in overtime on Friday.

"Full credit to Duke -- we just got totally outplayed today," Waldrum said. "We didn't show up ready to play, and with the kind of schedule we're playing, you just can't afford to do that and expect to get any kind of positive result."

North Carolina beat Houston, 6-1, in the other game.

  1. Anthony Charoensook
    commented on: August 29, 2011 at 1:57 p.m.
    Go Kelly!

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