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Oct. 21, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The #16 Virginia Women’s soccer team battled back from a two-goal deficit Saturday night (October 21), to beat the 11th-ranked Duke Blue Devils 4-3 at Kl?ckner Stadium.

The `Hoos were forced to play from behind early when Duke’s Carly Fuller scored 6:43 into the game. The Blue Devils added to their lead just five minutes later on a goal by Gwendolyn Oxenham. The two teams traded possession for the next 18 minutes, until Virginia second-year Alyssa Benitez (Lake Mary, Fl./ Lake Mary) took a feed from third-year Darci Borski (Philadelphia, Pa./ Nazareth Academy) and riffled a shot past Duke goalkeeper Thora Helgadottir.

UVa struck first in the second half on a long distance shot by fourth-year Katie Tracy (Richmond, Va./ James River). Tracy, who was playing her last regular season home game as a Cavalier, received the ball at the top of the box after a deflection and hammered home her fourth goal of the season. Virginia then took its first lead of the match when first-year Erin Engelhardt (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./ Immaculate Heart) scored off a feed from first-year Sarah Lane (Wheaton, Ill/ Wheaton North).

The Cavs’ lead was short lived, as Duke’s Sarah Pickens answered eight minutes later on a breakaway goal to knot the score at 3. Virginia took the lead for good, however, when Benitez beat a number of Blue Devils defenders and slid a shot under Helgadottir for her second goal of the game at 80:32. With the win, the `Hoos move to 9-7 on the season and 3-3 in the ACC heading in to their last match of the season, a crucial road game against Florida State next Saturday (October 28).

# 16 Virginia 4, #11 Duke 3
1 2 Final Virginia (9-7) 1 3 4
Duke (11-5) 2 1 3 Scoring summary: D: Fuller (Daws)/ 7th, D: Oxenham (Daws) 12th, V: Benitez (Borski)/ 30th, V: Tracy/ 53rd, V: Engelhardt (Lane) 53rd, D: Pickens (Fuller) 62nd, V: Benitez/ 81st.
Goals: V: Benitez (2), Engelhardt, Tracy, D: Fuller, Oxenham, Pickens.Assists: V: Borski, Lane, D: Daws (2), Fuller.
Shots: V: 13, D: 12.Saves: V: 4 (Clugston 3), D: 5 (Helgadottir 5).
Corner Kicks: V: 1, D: 4.Fouls: V: 9, D: 14.
Offsides: V: 4, D: 3.

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