Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Duke held their Senior Night/Day this weekend and both teams came out on the positive side.
The men’s team fought back to tie number 15 Wake Forest, 2-2 on Friday night. They scored twice in 44 seconds in the closing minutes of the game. Senior Will Donovan got the Blue Devils on the board and Luis Rendon scored the game tying goal. Wake had just taken the 2-0 lead with 3:43 remaining.
Wake Forest controlled much of the first 45 minutes, as Duke had just three shots. However, Duke came out strong once again in the second half to put pressure on the Demon Deacons. Wake controlled the first overtime, while Duke controlled the second.
Duke senior goalie Alex Long had three saves.
The men hit the road for their final two ACC games of the season. First they travel to Pittsburgh for a game on Saturday night. They close out the regular season at Clemson on November 8th.
The women won 6-3 over Pitt on Sunday. The Blue Devils scored six first half goals in the easy victory for the eight seniors. The win also clinched them a spot in the upcoming ACC Tournament, as they are now 8-6-4 overall and 5-4-3 in the conference (sixth in the ACC).
The six goals were a season high for Duke, as their previous high score was three goals. They led in shots 24-2 in the first half and 31-6 overall. The 31 shots were a season high for Duke.
Kaitlyn Kerr, one of the seniors who was honored prior to the game, also sang the National Anthem.
Kelly Cobb got the scoring started in the first three minutes. The Blue Devils would go on to score five more goals in a 27 minute span. Senior Laura Weinberg scored her fifth goal of the season in the 13th minute. It was her 39th career goal and 100th career point. Weinberg joins only Kelly Walbert as the two Blue Devils to record at least 100 points at Duke.
Kerr gave Duke a 4-0 lead on two goals of her own in less than four minutes. It was her fourth multi-goal game of her career. Cobb would score again at the 22:06 mark. It was her second career multi-goal game. Freshman Malinda Allen scored for the first time in her career to finish off the Duke scoring.
The Blue Devil starters began the second half, but did not play long as Coach Church emptied the bench.
Senior goalie Meghan Thomas played the first 60 minutes and had one save in her fifth straight start. In those starts, she owns a 0.39 goals against average. Ali Kershner, who was starting prior, allowed the three goals in the final 30 minutes.
The ladies look to continue their five-game winning streak when they travel to arch rival North Carolina on Halloween.