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Women's Soccer Defeated by Duke in Overtime Thriller

NEWTON, Mass. — Boston College could not pull off the upset Thursday night as they lost 1-0 in overtime to a talented Duke team. Delaney Graham scored for Blue Devils in the 96th minute in overtime to break the scoreless deadlock and win the match on the road.

The match marked the first overtime game of the season for BC. Duke has had much more late-game experience this fall, as the match was already their fourth overtime game of the season.

Despite being thoroughly outmatched offensively and in possession, the Eagles held up and communicated well defensively. Duke outshot them 184 and had 9 shots on goal to BC’s 2. Additionally, the Blue Devils were awarded 17 corners to the Eagles’ 3.

The Eagles came out strong early. They matched Duke in shots in the first half, with all four BC attempts occurring in the opening 45 minutes. The Eagles mustered several decent attacks in the final third through their strong possession in the midfield, but were unable to create any threatening chances.

Duke had the best chance of the first half, nearly scoring in the final minute. Junior midfielder Mackenzie Pluck played a cross from the left wing that was able to find the feet of Tess Boade. Boade dribbled around Allie Augur to fire a shot that was cleared off the line.

The Eagles were not able to muster the same energy in the second half. The Duke press won over possession continually, and the Blue Devils dominated the ball and chances. 

In the 56th minute, Boade nearly scored off another Pluck cross, this time from a corner, but saw her attempt skim over the crossbar. Moments later, Augur made a brilliant save to deny Sophie Jones by tipping the ball over the bar.

The Blue Devils inched closer in the 81st minute, but Augur came to the rescue again with a spectacular double-save. Boade again saw her shot saved by Augur, who followed up with great reactions to deny Pluck’s rebound. Augur finished the night with seven saves.

Duke eventually found their way past Augur with the game-winning 96th-minute goal. Karlie Paschall played a ball in from the left wing to Marykate McGuire on the edge of the six-yard box. McGuire patiently shielded the ball and centered it to Graham who had an easy right-footed finish.

Despite the loss, the Eagles had several positives to take away from Thursday’s match. Their energetic first-half was a great sign against a very strong Duke squad. The defense greatly improved. The Eagles did not allow a goal in regulation, a stark contrast from the eight goals allowed over the Eagles’ previous three matches.

On the flip side, the offense has continued to struggle with consistency. In four games this season, the Eagles have only scored once. 

Duke improved to 4-1-2 (2-1-2 in the ACC) on the year with the win, and travel to play Syracuse on Sunday.

BC drops to 0-4-0 on the season and remains winless. They have another monumental challenge coming up, as they will face No.1 North Carolina at home Sunday at 1 p.m.

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