UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The 15th-ranked and third-seeded Duke women’s soccer team ended its NCAA tournament run Friday in the Elite Eight as the Blue Devils lost 1-0 decision at fifth-ranked Penn State. As the match went along, the wind picked up to more than 30 mph and the temperatures dropped.
The Blue Devils concluded their season with a 15-6-2 overall record.Penn State improved to 20-3-2 and advanced to the NCAA College Cup.
Duke came out on the attack and outplayed Penn State for the first 13 minutes. Junior Kaitlyn Kerr had Duke’s first three shots, including a great one-on-one chance at the 7-minute, 52-second mark, but it was saved by Penn State goalkeeper Erin McNulty.
Following junior Laura Weinberg’s shot in the 14th minute, Penn State’s Christine Nairn was fouled at the top of the box by a Blue Devils defender and was awarded with a penalty kick. Nairn hit the top right corner of the net to give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 lead.
Just five minutes later, senior defender Erin Koballa sent a right-footed cross into the box where senior midfielder Nicole Lipp one-timed a shot that hit the crossbar.
After scoring four goals in Duke’s last two matches, redshirt junior Kim DeCesare was held without a shot in 23 minutes played.
Duke concluded the second half with an 11-2 shot advantage and the match with a 19-7 lead, but the Blue Devils were shut out for the fifth time this season. Weinberg led all Blue Devils with six shots, while Kerr and Cassie Pecht added three each.
In goal for Duke, Tara Campbell finished with two saves. She will graduate in May after leading Duke to the third-most shutouts in school history with 30. Others playing in their final match for the Blue Devils included Lipp, Koballa, Maddy Haller and Libby Jandl. DeCesare and Callie Simpkins are redshirt juniors and have the option to return for one more season.
North Carolina 2, BYU 1
East Carolina: The Raleigh Sports Club’s next meeting is Nov. 28 and its guest speaker is Steve Logan, former East Carolina football coach and longtime college and NFL assistant coach. He is also a radio host for 99.9 The Fan and 620 The Buzz. Logan will discuss ACC and college football conference realignments. The RSC will also honor a local high school student.
The meeting starts at noon and ends at 1 p.m. at Highland UMC at 1901 Ridge Road.