With all of the craziness this holiday weekend (being Thanksgiving, the men’s basketball team falling to Arizona, the women’s team winning in the Virginia Islands, and then the football team headed to the ACC Championship), I forgot to keep you all up-to-date on the Duke women’s soccer team, which was still competing in the NCAA Tournament.
On Friday, the Blue Devils lost to top ranked and fellow ACC member Virginia Tech, 3-0 in Blacksburg. The Hokies advanced to the College Cup in Cary, North Carolina next weekend with a 19-4-3 record. Duke finished the season 9-9-6.
The Blue Devils had chances to score, but could not finish on plays (hitting the crossbar, the far post, and getting called for an offsides penalty after scoring). Meanwhile, the Hokies scored with 13 seconds left in the first half in a scrum in front of the net. The goal seemed to demoralize the Blue Devils. In the first half, each team took seven shots.
VT out-shot Duke for the match 18-12, picking up two second half goals to seal the victory. Meghan Thomas had four saves in the loss.
It was the second straight season that the women’s soccer season ended with a loss in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals. The Blue Devils will be saying good bye to a senior class that finished their careers with a 57-27-13 record (Mollie Pathman, Natasha Anasi, Laura Weinberg, Alex Straton, Kaitlyn Kerr, Avery Rape, and Thomas).
They are expected to return five starters though (Kelly Cobb, Toni Payne, Lizzy Raben, Christina Gibbons, and Kara Wilson). They also return Gilda Doria and 2012 Freshman of the Year Cassie Pecht, who both missed this season due to injuries.