CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s soccer team (5-2-4, 0-2-2 ACC) used a second-half strike from Maggie Cagle to play No. 17 Duke (5-3-2, 1-1-2 ACC) to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 1) at Klöckner Stadium.
46’ – DUKE: Dieynaba Ndaw (Maggie Graham, Kat Rader)
54’ – UVA: Maggie Cagle (Allie Ross, Yuna McCormack)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a first half that saw chances at a premium, Duke capitalized on a turnover in the defensive third right out of the gates to start the second half. Maggie Graham started the counter with a ball to Kat Rader that was played over to Dieynaba Ndaw near the six for the score that hit the left post and caromed across the goal and into the side netting by the back post.
The Cavaliers evened things in the 54th minute with a goal from Maggie Cagle. Following a corner, the Cavaliers reset as a clearance attempt by Duke was intercepted and poked out wide by Allie Ross to Yuna McCormack. McCormack then served the ball to the back post to Cagle for the finish between the keeper and the post.
NOTES ON THE GAME
- Cagle’s goal was her sixth of the season to tie for the team lead and she leads the team with 16 points.
- Allie Ross notched her second career assist and Yuna McCormack her third on the Cagle goal.
- The Cavaliers lead the series with Duke 25-16-10 and are 9-6-4 in games played at Klöckner Stadium.
- Virginia and Duke are 4-4-3 in the last 11 meetings with the eight non-draws decided by one goal in that stretch.
FROM HEAD COACH STEVE SWANSON
“It was a hard-fought game. It was great to come back after going down 1-0. We fought, battled and competed. There’s no fault from that side. We have to be a little more consistent in the quality of our play – especially in the attacking end. Duke’s a good team and they’re going to beat some teams as well. This isn’t an easy stretch of games to go through and our players have been handling it mentally quite well. We’ve just got to get a result now.”
UP NEXT FOR VIRGINIA
Virginia heads back out on the road for a pair of ACC contests next week. It starts with a showdown at No. 8 Clemson on Thursday (Oct. 5) and continues with a trip to NC State on Sunday (Oct. 8).