On Thursday night, the Duke women’s soccer team played hard but lost to the top ranked team in the country, 3-2 in Durham. That top ranked team is ACC rival Virginia. The Blue Devils dropped to 4-5-2 on the season and 1-3-1 in the ACC, while the Cavaliers are 10-0.
Kelly Cobb scored early for the Blue Devils for her second goal of the season. At the 22:10 mark, the Blue Devils took the 2-0 lead on Kaitlin Kerr‘s semi-bicycle kick to the right corner of the net. It was her 26th career goal. Kerr said after the game that she had always wanted to score like that.
However, UVA came out on the attack in the second half and got on the scoreboard by the 49th minute. They actually scored twice in less than two minutes. The Cavaliers out-shot Duke in the second half 15-4 and the Blue Devils really only had one scoring chance.
At the 79:37 mark, UVA took their first and only lead. They out-shot Duke for the game, 22-9.
Duke goalie Ali Kershner made a great save in the 12th minute after a defensive turnover and UVA had a one-on-one opportunity. However, Kershner made a diving stop to keep the score 1-0. She played all 90 minutes and had a career-high seven saves.
Duke will host Virginia Tech for a Sunday afternoon match. It does not get any easier, as the Hokies are ranked 13th in the country.