'No-nonsense' Duke shows mettle in rare Tobacco Road women's victory

It isn't often that Duke beats North Carolina in women's soccer.

The Blue Devils' 1-0 win over UNC on Friday night before a sold-out crowd of 5,301 fans at Dorrance Field was just their fourth in 49 meetings.

"To beat a program like this on this field with a crowd like tonight," Duke head coach Robbie Church said, "it's just a phenomenal job for us."

North Carolina came into the game ranked second in the country and had never lost at its new home field. Duke was fourth, and both teams were unbeaten and untied.

Graduate student Tess Boade scored the game's only goal in the 55th minute -- her 17th career goal and eighth game-winner -- to give Duke its first win over the Tar Heels since 2015. The best of keeper Ruthie Jones' six saves came 22nd minute when she stopped Avery Patterson's header on a corner kick.



The match featured six yellow cards -- three to each team -- and a red card to Carolina's Emily Murphy in the 75th minute.

Church praised the toughness of the Blue Devils, who are 7-0-0 for the second time in program history:
 

"We've had a lot of teams that wouldn't survive in this type of game. This team is a tough team. They're no-nonsense and they want to win. They bring it every day in training, they want to get better and we've got a lot of things to get better from today at the highest level. This is as tough of a team mentally and physically that we've had in while."
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