The 16th ranked Duke women’s soccer team had a tough weekend, going 0-1-1 against two ACC opponents. It started on Thursday night, as they lost to the number three team in the country, Wake Forest, 3-1 in Winston-Salem. The Blue Devils are now 1-3-2 in their last six matches in Winston-Salem.
Duke actually took five of the first seven shots, but the Demon Deacons got on the board first at the 25:15 mark of the first half. In the first six minutes of the second half, the Blue Devils tied the score at 1-1 on Laura Weinberg‘s first goal of the season. It was her 35th career goal, which is now tied for third all-time at Duke.
Wake Forest took the lead for good in the 63rd minute (they had three of the next five shots). With less than eight minutes remaining, the Demon Deacons added an insurance goal.
On Sunday, Duke traveled to Syracuse to play the Orange for the first time ever. The two teams finished with a 2-2 score in double-overtime. The tie dropped the Blue Devils record to 4-4-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the ACC.
Duke actually took a 2-0 lead into the lockerroom at halftime (which was a season high). They scored their quickest goal of the season at the 2:29 mark, as Weinberg fired in the rebound off a Toni Payne shot. At the 39:21 mark, Kim DeCesare scored the team’s second goal. It was her team-best third goal of the season and 26th of her career. It was also the senior’s first collegiate game in her home state of New York.
Syracuse came out on the attack in the second half with two corner picks and a shot on goal in the first six minutes. One of those corner kicks resulted in the Orange’s first goal of the match at the 52:09 mark. They tied the game at 2-2 at the 64th minute.
In regulation, Duke led in shots 13-11. In the first overtime, Duke had two corner kicks in the first two minutes, but one shot went wide and the other was blocked. In the second overtime, Duke had just one shot attempt.
DeCesare had six shots, while Weinberg had five. Ali Kershner rebounded from allowing a career-high three goals on Thursday night to have five saves over 110 minutes of play.
The Blue Devils return home to play top ranked Virginia on Thursday night.