With temperatures dropping throughout the game and wind gusts around 30 mph, the Blue Devils could not get any of their shots into the goal.
Penn State’s lone goal came on a first half penalty kick, a half in which the Blue Devils controlled.
Penn State controlled the first 15 minutes of the second half, but then Duke took over. They had 11 shots to just two for the Nittany Lions, but could not score. They also had a few one-on-one chances with the Penn State goalie, including one by Kelly Cobb in the 82nd minute. They finished with a 19-7 shot advantage.
Laura Weinberg had six shots on goal, while Cassie Pecht and Kaitlyn Kerr had three goals each.
Kim DeCesare, who had been the Blue Devils leading scorer in the NCAA Tournament, did not take a shot in the first half and finished with just one. If she decides to return for her senior season (along with Callie Simpson), Duke will return all ten players who scored a goal this season. They do lose three defenders, along with goalie Tara Campbell, who had two saves against Penn State.