MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia (Jan. 13) -- Duke women's soccer star Sherrill Kester (High Point, N.C.) helped lead the U.S. National Team to the Australia Cup championship by scoring the first goal in a 3-1 win over Australia on Thursday. The young U.S. team scored victories over the Czech Republic and Australia and played Sweden to a 0-0 tie to claim the Cup. Kester scored the U.S.'s first goal in the 13th minute of the contest. Taking a cross from teammate Jen Mascaro, Kester knocked a sliding shot from 16 yards out past Australia goalkeeper Tracey Wheeler for the score. The U.S. also got goals from Danielle Slaton and Aly Wagner. Kester emerged as the tournament's leading scorer, scoring three goals over the three games. She scored two goals in the 8-1 victory over the Czechs in the first round of the tournament, becoming just the second player in U.S. Women's National Team history to score twice in her first international match. The U.S. National Team returns to Los Angeles on
Former Blue Devil scores two goals and an assist for U.S. team in her first international contest MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia (January 6) -- Duke women's soccer star Sherrill Kester (High Point, N.C.) became just the second player in U.S. Women's National Team history to score twice in her first international match, as she recorded two goals and an assist in an 8-1 U.S. victory over the Czech Republic on Friday, Jan. 7. The U.S. team is competing in the annual Australia Cup, which also features the national teams from Sweden and Australia in addition to the U.S. and Czech Republic. Kester, one of six players on the young U.S. team who earned their first international caps versus the Czechs, assisted teammate Jen Mascaro in putting the first goal on the board. Kester delivered a cross off a corner kick to Mascaro, who scored from eight yards out. The floodgates then opened for the national team, as five different players scored seven more goals en route to the 8-1 win. Kester's
Kester named to first-team; Fuller earns third-team honors DURHAM, N.C. (November 30) -- Two members of the Duke women's soccer team were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Southeast Region squad. Senior midfielder Sherrill Kester (High Point, N.C.) was named to the first team, while freshman midfielder Carly Fuller (Tualatin, Ore.) earned third-team honors. Kester, who was named to the All-Southeast Region second team in 1996, led the Blue Devils and finished the 1999 regular season tied for first in the ACC in goals scored with 14. The first-team All-ACC selection also led Duke, who finished 13-10 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, with 29 points. Kester closed out her collegiate career ranking second among all-time Duke leaders with 78 career points and 35 goals. Fuller, also a second-team All-ACC selection, finished her rookie campaign with three goals and one assist. She was named to the Golden Gate Classic
Tribe shuts out Duke, 3-0, in second-round action DURHAM, N.C. (November 14) -- The 22nd-ranked Duke Blue Devils bowed out of the NCAA Women's College Cup, falling 3-0 to tenth-ranked William Mary (19-3 overall, 8-0 CAA) in second-round action on Sunday afternoon in Newport News, Va. With the loss, Duke ends its season at 13-10 overall, 2-5 in the ACC. William and Mary put its first goal on the board at the 21:58 mark of the first period, on an 15-yard unassisted shot from Franny Swajkoski. Although the Blue Devils took seven shots to the Tribe's five in the period, Swajkoski's goal was the only score of the first period. William and Mary padded their lead early in the second half, scoring two more goals in the first 10 minutes of the final period. Missy Wycinsky, the Colonial Athletic Association's Player of the Year the last two seasons, scored off a feed from Swajkoski at 48:40 mark, taking the pass in the box and connecting with the open net for the score. Jordan Krieger
1999 NCAA College Cup Second Round Newport News, Va. Captain's Field DUKE (13-9, 2-5 ACC) vs. WILLIAM MARY (18-3, 8-0 Colonial) Nov. 14 1:00 p.m. Blue Devils Prepare for Second-Round Match with Tribe... With a 3-1 win over Elon College Wednesday night in NCAA first-round action, the Duke Blue Devils advance to the second round since the 1996 season. Their opponent is William and Mary, the champions of the Colonial Athletic Association and ranked 10th by the NSCAA with an 18-3 ledger in 1999. The Tribe earned a first-round bye and will host Sunday's match at Captain's Field on the campus of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. Duke in the NCAA Tournament... In its 12th season as a varsity program, Duke women's soccer is making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils had a streak of six straight trips to the postseason event in 1992, 93, 94, 95, 96, and 1997. Duke's best finish came in its first appearance in 1992, when it advanced
Truman scores twice as Blue Devils advance to second round DURHAM, N.C. (November 10) - The 22nd-ranked Duke Blue Devils advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women's College Cup for the first time since 1996, defeating Elon College 3-1 in a first-round match held at Duke's Koskinen Stadium on Wednesday night. With the win, Duke improves to 13-9-0 on the season, while Elon, making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, ends its season with a 10-8-2 mark. Although Duke dominated the first half, it was the Fightin' Christians who got on the board first, scoring a goal at the 20:56 mark of the first period. Senior Patricia Clark took Elon's first shot of the game, knocking it into the left side of the box just out of reach for Duke goalkeeper Isis Dallis. Elon sophomore Marissa Venuti was credited with an assist on the goal. The Blue Devils responded quickly, as junior Kasey Truman scored her first of two goals on the evening just four minutes after Elon's goal. After Elon
1999 NCAA College Cup First Round -- Durham, N.C. u Koskinen Stadium DUKE (12-9, 2-5 ACC) vs. ELON (10-7-2, 4-2 Big South) -- Nov. 10 -- 7:00 p.m. Blue Devils Earn Bid to NCAA College Cup; Face Elon in First Round... The Duke women's soccer team, 12-9 on the season with a 2-5 ledger in conference action, earned an at-large bid to the 48-team 1999 NCAA Women's College Cup tournament. The Blue Devils host Elon College in first-round action on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Duke's Koskinen Stadium. The Fightin' Christians, who are 10-7-2 overall with a 4-2 mark in the Big South Conference, earned a bid to the NCAA championship in their first year of Division I eligibility by winning their conference tournament last weekend. Duke in the NCAA Tournament... In its 12th season as a varsity program, Duke women's soccer is making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils had a streak of six straight trips to the postseason event in 1992, 93, 94, 95, 96, and 1997.
Durham, NC (November 8) -- Duke and Elon face each other this Wednesday, November 10th, at 7:00 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament at Duke's Koskinen Stadium. Tickets for the event are priced at $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for Duke Elon students with ID and youth high school age and under. Tickets for the game will be on sale at the gates of Koskinen Stadium the night of the game, starting at 6:00 p.m.
Follow the Team on ncaasoccer.net DURHAM, N.C. (November 7) -- The Duke women's soccer team (12-9-0 overall, 2-5-0 AC) has received an at-large bid to the 1999 NCAA Women's College Cup, as announced by the NCAA on Sunday night. The Blue Devils will host Elon College, champions of the Big South Conference, in first-round action on Wednesday at Duke's Koskinen Stadium. The match begins at 7 p.m. Duke was one of six ACC schools to receive a bid to the 48-team field, the most of any conference in the country. This year's invite also marks the Blue Devils' seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Elon Fightin' Christians earn their first tournament bid in their first year of eligibility after moving up to Division I. The winner of Wednesday's Duke-Elon match will head to Williamsburg, Va. to play William Mary in second-round action this coming weekend. The Tribe earned a first-round bye in the bracket.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (November 4) - Duke got off twice as many shots as Marland, but the Terps doubled the Blue Devils in goals, advancing to the ACC Tournament semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Duke in quarterfinal action on Thursday afternoon. The win gives Maryland, seeded second in the championship, a 10-8-1 overall record, while the seventh-seeded Blue Devils fall to 12-9-0 overall. The ACC Tournament is taking place at UNC's Fetzer Field. Maryland got on the board first, scoring a goal on their first shot of the game, at the 23:27 mark. TheTerps' Sara Gustafson took a terri Greer shot which bounced off a Duke defender and put it beyond reach of Duke goalkeeper Isis Dallis. It marked Gustafson's fourth goal of the season, three of which have come against Duke. The tempo of the game slowed for the remainder of the half, as Duke finished iwth six shots in the first period, but were unable to convert any to goals. Maryland finished with just the one shot in the first 45 minutes. The
Duke Women's Soccer in the ACC Tournament #7 Duke vs. #2 Maryland - Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999 - 3:00 p.m. Fetzer Field - Chapel Hill, N.C. Blue Devils Open with Terps in ACC Championship... The Duke women's soccer team, 12-8 on the season with a 2-5 ledger in the ACC, open ACC Tournament play against the Maryland Terrapins on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 3:00 p.m. at UNC's Fetzer Field. The Blue Devils are seeded seventh in the championship, while the Terps are the second seed behind defending champion North Carolina. The Duke/Maryland contest follows the Wake Forest/N.C. State game which begins at 1:00 p.m. Duke Versus the Terps... It was a close battle between Duke and Maryland earlier this season, with the Terps edging the Blue Devils, 4-3, in overtime. The terps' Sara Gustafson hit a shot into an open box in the 98th minute to give Maryland the victory. Duke still leads the overall series, 9-6-2. Maryland has been a familiar opponent for Duke in the ACC Tournament, as the
Duke closes out regular season witha victory GREENSBORO, N.C.(October 30)-- The Blue Devils notched their fifth shutout of the season, topping UNC Greensboro 2-0 in Duke's final match of the regular season. With the win, Duke improves to 12-8-0 on the season, while the Spartans fall to 8-11-0 overall. Neither team found the net in the first half, but Duke went on the baord early in the second half, as junior Kim Daws (Northridge, Calif.) connected on an unassisted shot 12 yards out from the right side at the 52:25 mark. Eleven minutes later, sophomore Katie Heaps (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season, taking a feed from sophomore Sarah Pickens (Greensboro, N.C.). Duke junior goalkeeper Isis Dallis (Marlboro, Mass.), recorded her 12th career shutout, moving into sole possession of third place on Duke's career shutouts list. Dallis had three saves in 80 minutes of action. Freshman goalkeeper Tara Walker (Encinitas, Calif.) came in for the final 10 minutes of the