"We atarted our year defensively and our attacking took a little while to catch up with our defense and it is now starting to
catch up," said Duke coach Robbie Church. "Once Toni gets the ball and she places up and she’s running at you, ‘Oh Wow’, I don’t want to be the defender on the
end of that."
Florida State finished with a 16-8 edge in shots but could not beat keeper EJ Proctor. The sophomore got lots of help from her defense as Ashton Miller cleared a shot by Natalia Kuikka off the line in the first half and Lizzy Raben made a great defensive stop on Kaycie Tillman with a sliding tackle in the second half.
“It stings a little bit,” Florida State coach Mark Krikorian said. “Because you come into this with the intent and hope to play on Sunday and we won’t. I thought for much of the game we played quite well, but today we lost to a team that played better than we did.”
Dec.4 in Cary, North Carolina
Duke 2 Florida State 0. Goals: McCoy (Payne) 32, Payne 90.
Duke -- Proctor, Quinn, Raben, Reid, Gibbons, Miller, Racioppi, Wilson, Martinez, Payne, McCoy. Subs: Burns, Dorsey, Pecht, Sikora, Allen, Duhl.
Florida State -- Miller, Connolly, Campbell, Hahn, Koivisto, Schmid, Tillman, Kuikka, Pickett, Williams, Crowley. Subs: Jensen, Thorvaldsdottir.