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No.2 Duke Escapes No.9 BC, 3-2, in Shootout

Although BC held the shot advantage, 22-16, over the Blue Devils, No.2 Duke escaped Newton campus with a win, 3-2, in a shootout on Friday evening.

The No.9 Eagles rattled a Duke team that has just one season loss—against a common foe, Virginia—and nearly broke what was then a four-game win streak for the Blue Devils.

“Our individual defense stepped up and I thought we had some chances at the end to put the game away,” said BC head coach Kelly Doton.

Duke (8-1, 2-1 ACC) scored on a corner off a second attempt shot by Erin Scherrer to go up, 2-1, at the half. Thirteen minutes into the second half, BC junior captain Frederique Haverhals swung a through ball wide right to senior Chelsea Mendonca. Mendonca raced the ball to the end line and served up a pass across the center of the circle where it met senior Alesandra Miller—in position—who slotted the ball in from just two feet away to find the back of the black box. Miller’s goal tied the game up, 2-2, for BC.

But the two teams would endure a scoreless stalemate for the remaining 22 minutes of regulation and two 15:00 7-on-7 overtime periods.

BC (7-4, 0-4 ACC) controlled possession deep in Duke’s defensive end for the majority of the two overtime periods, capitalizing on five corners and outshooting the Blue Devils 12-3. But the offense could not breakthrough Duke goalkeeper Sammi Steele, who made six of her total nine saves in the 30 extra minutes.

In the shootout, Haverhals took a deep shot to the lower left corner of the box to score past Steele and even the stroke-off, 2-2, along with a goal from freshman Caroline McGovern. Duke responded with Scherrer finding her way past Dwyer, however, and Steele recorded the ultimate save in coming out of the cage high to stop Brooke Matherson’s shot and give Duke the edge, 3-2.

Despite starting the season strong at 4-0, BC has traded wins and losses every other game, with its last three losses coming to ranked opponents in Syracuse, UNC, and Duke. On Sunday, the Eagles will travel to UNH before hosting another top ACC opponent next Friday, No. 15. Louisville.

“We worked all week on creating more goal-scoring opportunities and we did a great job of that today. I’m proud of the progress our team made from last weekend,“ said Doton. “Duke is a great team and it didn’t go our way tonight. Hats off to them.”