Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Blue Devils achieve 'phenomenal feat'
November 23rd, 2013 3:47AM

TAGS:  college women


[DUKE-FLORIDA: Women] Duke, which entered the NCAA Women's Tournament with a .500 record, beat No. 2 regional seed Florida, 1-0, on a first-half goal by All-American defender Natasha Anasi to move into the round of 16 for the fourth year in a row.

Tournament losses the last three years at home persuaded Florida to play in Durham, but the Blue Devils have now won 10 straight games at home in NCAA action.

Duke was 4-6-3 at one point during the 2013 season and needed a late run to finish 8-8-4 and a .500 record, the minimum for consideration for the NCAA Tournament.

There's been no doubt about the strength of the Blue Devils' schedule -- seven of their eight losses were to teams still in the tournament -- and their postseason experience.

Three seniors combined for the lone goal. Mollie Pathman served a corner kick from the right side, where Kim DeCesare headed it back to in front of the box to Anasi, who one-timed her shot for just the fourth goal of her career.

“It’s a tough group,” said Duke coach Robbie Church. “Once we left Boston College in the early part of October … just really took a beating, and we knew we had to get points in every game that was coming up to even get to the NCAA Tournament. We did that. We fell a little bit with Carolina and Florida State, but now we go back to a situation that’s elimination and the kids … it starts with our senior class who doesn’t want to end their career. To be in the Sweet Sixteen again, is just a phenomenal feat with this team.”
Duke managed to shut down Florida's freshman star, Savannah Jordan, who finished with 22 goals on the year.
“She’s a great player,” said Anasi. “There’s a reason that she’s the No. 2 goal scorer. We were just focusing on having her play balls back. We didn’t want her to get anything in behind. If we can keep her in front of us, we knew that we could do a very good job playing against her and that’s what we did.”

Florida was without midfield star Havana Solaun, who was injured in the SEC final.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent College Soccer Reporter
Video Pick: Virginia's Foss dials long distance    
Virginia players know how to score goals. Last week, Derrick Etienne went through half of the ...
U.S. Merchant Marine's Smolens earns 300th win    
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's coach Michael Smolens earned his 300th career victory when the Mariners ...
Wake Forest is first in opening Men's Soccer RPI    
Wake Forest is No. 1 in the NCAA's first Rating Percentage Index (RPI) of the 2015 ...
POTW: Division III star selected for second straight week     
Caitlin Golden of Division III Penn State Berks picked up her second consecutive NSCAA College Player ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25    
There is no change at the top of the weekly Soccer America Men's Top 25 rankings ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25    
North Carolina (10-0-1) moved into first place in the Soccer America Women's Top 25 rankings. The ...
Unbeatens: UNC tops ACC, Cornell's shutout streak ends    
No. 2 North Carolina (10-0-1) and Cornell (8-0-2) remained the only unbeaten women's teams in the ...
Conference Watch: South Carolina takes charge in SEC    
South Carolina moved into first place in the SEC when it rallied to beat defending champion ...
Men's Week 5: Three things we learned this weekend    
A coaching change has not slowed down Wake Forest, which has been led by Jon Bakero ...
Conference Watch: Pac-12 women's race is wide open    
The Pac-12, one of three conferences that decides its conference champion based on the regular-season standings ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives