DURHAM — The Blue Devil women’s soccer team controlled play from the opening whistle at Koskinen Stadium Sunday and cruised past Francis Marion (6-9-1), 4-0, in Duke’s final regular season match. The Blue Devils featured goals from juniors Kaitlyn Kerr and Kim DeCesare and sophomores Kelly Cobb and Katy Colas. The Blue Devils (12-3-1, 5-3-2 ACC) opened the match aggressively, controlling possession for most of the first half.
Duke scored its lone tally of the first half off a corner kick by junior Gilda Doria. Doria played a short corner to freshman Cassie Pecht, who then turned and played a perfectly flighted ball to the back post. Kerr was able to run on the ball and head it into the left corner for her fifth goal of the year.
In the 58th minute, Pecht played a through ball to Cobb on the right flank. Cobb took two touches to get the ball into the box before firing a rocket into the top right corner of the net to put the Blue Devils up 2-0. With 15 minutes remaining in the match, Weinberg played a cross off a corner kick and DeCesare was able to head it into the back of the net. In the 82nd minute, junior Mollie Pathman crossed the ball to a wide open Katy Colas, who headed the ball home to put Duke ahead 4-0.
Clemson 1, N.C. State 0: Clemson (6-10-2, 1-9-0 ACC) women scored midway through the second half to top visiting N.C. State (5-13, 0-9). Jenna Polonsky drove in a rebound shot for her third tally of the season, and the game winner at the 72:26 mark of the match.
Duke: Senior Julian Suri fired a five-under 67 in the final round of the U.S. Collegiate Championship to lead Duke to a one-under 287 at the Golf Club of Georgia, hosted by Georgia Tech. The Blue Devils finished tied for sixth overall with an 18-over 882, with Suri and fellow senior Brinson Paolini both finishing in the top 20 individually.
Swimming and Diving
North Carolina: The women’s team captured second place in the 2012 SMU Classic at historic Perkins Natatorium. The Tar Heels finished with 292.5 points, trailing only USC and beating Texas, Florida and SMU in the process.
North Carolina: Sophomore Esben Hess-Olesen advanced to the championship match of the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Carolinas Regional. The sophomore defeated second-seeded Duke’s Chris Mengel 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the semifinal match.
Duke: Sophomore Raphael Hemmeler and senior Henrique Cunha advanced to the finals in doubles competition at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Carolina Regional at Cary Tennis Park.