Duke women’s soccer advances in NCAA Tourney

The Duke women’s soccer team needed penalty kicks on Saturday, but advanced in the NCAA Tournament with a win over host (and 24th ranked) Colorado College. It was Colorado College’s first loss at home on the season and it came in front of a capacity crowd (1,739).

soccer ballAfter 110 minutes of action, the score was tied at 1-1. Duke won 4-3 on penalty kicks.

With Colorado College leading 3-2 on penalty kicks, Ali Kershner (who entered the game for the penalty kicks) made a diving stop on their fourth attempt. Laura Weinberg followed with a score to tie it all up at 3-3. Kershner, who admitted she was nervous after the game with the crowd rooting against her, made a second diving stop (this time to her right).

Kelly Cobb scored the game winner in Duke’s final attempt. It was Cobb‘s second goal of the day, as she scored at the 27:11 mark.

Fellow goalie Meghan Thomas, in a homecoming of sorts, played the first 110 minutes and finished with a career-high nine saves before Kershner took over for the penalty kicks.

 

The Blue Devils move on to face second seed Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament with the time, date, and site yet to be determined. It is a good thing because Duke lost quite a few players to injury in Saturday’s game.

UPDATE: Duke will host the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils will play Florida at 7:30pm ET on Friday. St. John’s will face Arkansas on Friday at 5pm ET. The winners of the two games will face off on Sunday.

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