Nov. 5, 2003
CARY, NC – The No. 8 Virginia women’s soccer team fell 2-1 Wednesday night to No. 10 Duke in an ACC quarterfinal game at the SAS Soccer Park. Virginia held a 1-0 halftime lead, but the Blue Devils rallied with two second half goals with the win.
“We felt good about how we played in the first half and were pleased to have a 1-0 lead at the half,” stated Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “In the second half, Duke increased their pressure and for a period of time we didn’t do a good job handling it. Give them credit, they made the most of the chances they got.”
The first half featured few scoring chances, but the Cavaliers (12-5-2) converted one of theirs. In the 13th minute, Lindsay Gusick (Livonia, Mich.) tapped a Sarah Huffman (Flower Mound, Texas) cross into the net to give the Cavaliers the lead. For Gusick, the goal moved her into tenth place on Virginia’s career scoring list.
Duke (13-5-2) opened the second half strong and tied it just four minutes after halftime as Darby Kroyer one-timed a Carolyn Riggs cross for the equalizer. The Blue Devils continued the pressure and took the lead in the 68th minute when Gwendolyn Oxenham headed a ball off a corner play. Virginia had several chances late in the game to tie the contest, but the Blue Devil defense held tight to secure the win.
Overall, the Virginia outshot Duke 9-8 in the contest. Anne Abernethy (Atlanta, Ga.) made three saves for UVa while Thora Helgadottir made four for Duke.
The Cavaliers will await the NCAA Tournament Selection announcement on Monday, November 10 to learn their selection.
No. 10 Duke 2, No. 8 Virginia 1
|#8 Virginia (12-5-2)||1||0||1|
|#10 Duke (13-5-2)||0||2||2|
1. UVa. Gusick (Huffman) 12:01
2. Duke. Kroyer (Riggs) 48:50
3. Duke. Oxenham (Moros, Ford) 67:33
Shots: UVa 8, Duke 8
Corner Kicks: UVa 2, Duke 7
Saves: UVa 3, Duke 4
Fouls: UVa 7, Duke 11