Freshman Doniak lifts Cavs with great finish

[VIRGINIA-DUKE] Freshman Makenzy Doniak’s goal in the 88th minute broke a scoreless draw and gave No. 3 Virginia a 1-0 win over No. 5 Duke on Sunday in front of 1,589 fans at Kloeckner Stadium. It was the Cavaliers' first win of the season over a ranked team and improved their record to 10-2-1 (3-1-1 in the ACC).
 
“Games like these are what the ACC is all about,” said Virginia coach Steve Swanson. “Coming off a tough loss at Maryland on Thursday, we knew it was going to be a similar type of game today. We played well, especially defensively, and shut out one of the highest scoring teams in the nation in Duke. As they pushed more people forward late in the game, we felt like we could attack them on the counter. That opportunity came and we took advantage of that situation with a great pass by Caroline [Miller] and a great finish by Makenzy.”

Virginia nearly took the lead in the 81st minute as Kate Norbo’s header was saved off the line by a Duke defender.

Six minutes later, Miller started a counterattack and dribbled past midfield before threading a through ball to Doniak, who took the pass, dribbled into the box and slotted home her eighth goal of the season.

Despite the scoreless score, the first half did not lack for action as Duke's Kim DeCesare hit the post in the first minute and teammate Mollie Pathman rocketed a left-footed attempt that went off the right post in the 42nd minute.

Right before Norbo's header, Virginia came close when Danielle Colaprico hit the left post.

“I think we competed really hard,” said Duke coach Robbie Church.  “I am very proud of the girls.  This was a tough environment to play and Virginia is a very good team.  I thought we played well at times, but unfortunately when we had the momentum we didn’t execute in the final third, we didn’t give the right ball and we didn’t get in on the end of it.  That inability to finish in the final third allowed us to be countered.”

Sept. 30 in Charlottesville, Va.
Virginia 1 Duke 0. Goal: Doniak (Miller) 88.
Virginia -- DeLisle, Stith, Fisher, Menchel, Sonnett, Norbo, Roberts, Hollenberg, Colaprico, Doniak, Miller. Subs: Fry, Brannon, Brian, Douglas, Ratcliffe.
Duke -- Campbell, Jandl, Anasi, Koballa, Pathman, Lipp, Kerr, Doria, Pecht, Weinberg, DeCesare. Subs: Trees, Wilson, Haller, Colas.
Att.: 1,589.

ACC
TEAM W-L-T
Maryland 4-1-1
Florida State 4-0-0
Virginia 3-1-1
Wake Forest 3-2-0
Duke 2-2-1
North Carolina 2-2-1
Virginia Tech 2-2-0
Boston College 2-1-0
Miami (Fla.) 1-3-0
Clemson 0-5-0
N.C. State 0-4-0
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