On Sunday, the Duke women’s soccer team knocked off ninth ranked Notre Dame, 2-1 in a brand new ACC matchup at the home of the Fighting Irish. The Blue Devils have just three more regular season games left and are currently 6-6-4 on the season (3-4-3 in the conference). It was Notre Dame’s first overtime loss at home since September 16, 2007.
It was the Blue Devils first overtime victory of the season.
Senior Laura Weinberg broke the 1-1 tie with less than two minutes left in the second overtime. She blocked the Notre Dame goalie’s clearance pass and kicked in a ten yarder at the 108:17 mark. It was her third shot on goal and her tenth career game winner.
Duke got on the board first in about the 20th minute when Toni Payne got a 12 yard shot just past the Notre Dame goalie (inside the left post). The Irish would tie it up at 1-1 at the end of the first half (the 43:36 mark to be exact).
At the end of regulation, the Irish led in shots 15-11 and then in the first overtime, 3-1. Duke seemed to get tired late in the second half, as the Irish almost went won the game with less than three minutes to go. Duke goalie Meghan Thomas let a shot go right through her fingertips, but somehow recovered to keep it from crossing the goal line.
Thomas finished with eight saves in her third straight start.
Sunday’s game was their fourth road game in a row and second straight overtime match. They played Clemson to a 0-0 tie on Thursday. It was just the second time all season that they have not scored.
In the first half, there were just nine combined shots. In the second half, Duke had great scoring chances, but two shots hit the crossbar and two more hit the post.
The Blue Devils return home to play NC State on Thursday night.