Kim DeCesare struck again for the Duke women’s soccer team, as she scored two goals en route to their 3-1 upset over Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. The game was played in Charlottesville. The Blue Devils have reached the Elite 8 for the fourth time in the last six years.
Duke had a shot on goal in the first five minutes of the contest, but Mollie Pathman had it blocked. They got on the board at the 8:10 mark when Cassie Pecht fed Laura Weinberg. She then fed DeCesare for the score. That was Pecht‘s 15th assist of the season (which leads the NCAA).
The Blue Devils had six of the next seven shots on goal before Kaitlyn Kerr fed Pathman for her first goal of the season. At the half, Duke led 2-0 and led in shots, 9-3.
UVA was more aggressive in the second half, as they picked up a goal in the 51st minute (Caroline Miller picked up her 20th goal of the season). They ended up out-shooting Duke 11-5 over the game’s final 45 minutes.
However, Duke held strong and DeCesare‘s picked up her second goal at the 88:37 mark.
During the regular season, Duke lost at Virginia, 1-0.
The Blue Devils now must face the number one seed in their bracket, Penn State (at University Park, PA), on Black Friday to advance to the NCAA College Cup (otherwise known as the Final Four).