[COLLEGE WOMEN: Thursday] No. 1 Virginia, the nation’s only unbeaten and untied team, came back from two goals down at the half to beat Duke, 3-2, in Durham and extend its winning streak to 10 games, the Cavaliers' longest since 1990.
U.S. international Morgan Brian, Makenzy Doniak and Gloria Douglas each scored for the Cavs, who rallied from a two-goal deficit for the first time since a 6-2 win at Penn State
in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
“We have great leadership on this team and we came out with a lot of intensity in the second half,” said UVa coach Steve Swanson. “We were able to get ourselves back in the game after falling behind early. Duke played very hard in the first half and took advantage of the chances they had. They
are great finishers in the box and they took advantage of those opportunities. I didn’t think we played poorly in the first half, we just didn’t put our shots on frame. Our kids showed
great resilience in the second half and I am proud of their effort tonight.”
The Blue Devils took the lead on goals by Kelly Cobb and Kaitlyn Kerr in the first 23 minutes. Duke fell to 4-5-1 with the losses. Besides Virginia, its losses are to No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 Florida State, No. 10 Wake Forest and
No. 22 Maryland.
“I am just heartbroken,” said Duke coach Robbie Church. “We are in a tough stretch here. We are
miss-matching players; we have a couple of players playing three positions out there. We got another one hurt today, but the kids are not giving up. They are fighting, scratching and
playing hard. The first half was unbelievable. I was afraid that so much energy we used in the first half and we are thin that it would come back to haunt us.”
ACC Roundup ...
#5 Florida State 4 Miami (Fla.) 0. Berglind
Thorvaldsdottir scored the first two goals of the match, while Jamia Fields and Carson Pickett each registered
two assists in the win. “We’ve had a lot of chances in an awful lot of games and unfortunately we were not quite good in the penalty box, but tonight we did a much better job of finishing
our chances,” Florida State coach Mark Krikorian said.
#3 Notre Dame 5 #22 Maryland 0. U.S. U-20
defender Cari Roccaro played up front and responded with her first career hat trick. “It’s probably fair to say I was a little excited to play up
front tonight,” she said. “It was a good opportunity for me to help my team in a different way and I’m glad we were able to get another win in the ACC -- they’re all important
in a conference as tough as this one.”
Pittsburgh 0 #6 North Carolina 1. The Tar Heels outshot Pitt 34-4 and had a 10-1 edge in corner kicks,
but the only goal of the game came from Paige Nielsen in the ninth minute off an assist by fellow sophomore Katie Bowen.
The loss dropped the Panthers' conference record to 0-5-0 in their first year of ACC play.
Boston College 1 #10 Wake Forest 0. Sophomore McKenzie Meehan notched the lone goal in the 23rd minute for the Eagles, who improved to 5-5-0 overall. “I feel we have played this well a lot this year
and it was nice to dictate the much of the play on a Top 10 team and walk away with a win,’’ said BC coach Alison Foley.
N.C. State 1 #18 Virginia Tech 4. The Hokies improved to 4-1-0 in ACC play with goals from Ashley Meier, Katie Yensen, Taylor Antolino and Katie DeTuro. “I was happy with the four goals
we scored tonight,” Tech coach Chugger Adair said. “We could have been a lot cleaner for the whole 90 minutes, but getting a third road win in a row
is big for us ..."
KEEPER EXPLOITS. No. 8 Georgetown went into its game against DePaul with the nation's fifth-best offense, but it had to settle for
a 1-1 tie with the Blue Demons, who got a career game from Alejandria Godinez in goal. She made a career-high 14 saves, including one on Preseason All-American
“Alex was unbelievable,” said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. “She made so
many plays to keep us in the game. After we scored early, we knew they would come at us with everything they had.”
Ashleigh Goddard put
DePaul ahead in the second minute, but Mary Kroening equalized with a header off one of Georgetown's 17 corner kicks as the hour mark approached.
Scoring Race ...
Sophomore Rachel Daly took over the national scoring lead with 13 goals with a pair of goals
to lead St. John's to a 2-0 victory over Xavier in their Big East opener. The first came on a penalty kick in the 31st minute.
“We’ve been working on them all week," said
Daly. "I feel like I’m so much more confident when I get put in front of a goal and see a PK that I just had no doubt in my mind that I could finish it."
FIRST HOOSIER LOSS. No. 24 Indiana dropped its first game of the season, falling, 3-1, at Ohio State in their Big Ten opener. The Buckeyes were up 2-0 after 18 minutes on goals by
Kayla Varner off a corner from Danica Wu and Nichelle Prince, her team-high
sixth goal of the season. IU finished with a 10-5 edge in shots in the first half, but Buckeyes added a third goal when Alexis Degler scored in the 40th minute.
Abby Smith scored the lone goal for Indiana n the 66th minute.
#23 BYU 0 Denver 1. The Pioneers, who
dropped out of the Top 25 after their loss to Nebraska last week, won on Nicholette DiGiacomo's goal with less than three minutes left.
“It was a great road win against a very talented and athletic team,” said Denver coach Jeff Hooker. “The first half was kind of back and
forth. Ultimately, we kept persevering."