RALEIGH — Laura Weinberg maintained her torrid scoring pace and Duke continued to dominate the women’s soccer series with N.C. State.
Weinberg notched her 15th goal of the season in as many games, and freshman Cassie Pecht and sophomore Katie Trees got their fifth of the season to lead the fifth-ranked Blue Devils to a 3-0 victory Thursday night over the Wolfpack on Kay Yow Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Dail Soccer Stadium.
It was the 12th straight victory for Duke (11-3-1, 5-2-1) in the series, including the past seven in Raleigh. The Blue Devils lead the all-time series 18-10-1.
N.C. State (5-10, 0-6), meanwhile, dropped its eighth straight match and hasn’t scored against ACC competition. The Pack has managed only one goal during its past seven matches.
“Any time you get a road win in the ACC, and a shutout, we’ll take that,” Duke coach Robbie Church said.
Duke has 10 goals during its past three games, all in the ACC, and just had too much firepower for N.C. State. The Blue Devils outshot the Wolfpack 18-4, forcing freshman Madison Shaw to make seven saves in the second start for the former Wakefield High standout.
“We’re combining up top and playing together better than ever, just playing off of each other,” said Weinberg, a junior who was the ACC Player of the Week and one of three NCAA players of the week. She leads the ACC in goals (15) and points (35) while ranking fourth nationally in each category.
Her goal against N.C. State was a perfect example. Tara Campbell, who earned her 30th shutout with two saves, started the play with a long punt that Kim DeCesare flicked to Weinberg on the flank.
Weinberg split two defenders and beat Shaw from close range at the right post to give Duke a 2-0 lead at the 72-minute, 57-second mark.
“Kim getting the ball and flicking it onto me is something we’ve been working on a lot in practice,” Weinberg said.
The Wolfpack was able to keep the Blue Devils at bay in the first half by utilizing a high offside trap.
“That was the plan going in,” said N.C. State coach Steve Springthorpe, who was without central defender Shelli Spamer for a second game because of concussion symptoms. “We wanted to sit in a little bit and frustrate them with the trap, limit their opportunities.
“I thought we deserved better than (1-0) in the first half.”