DURHAM, N.C. – Behind a trio of goals, including Imani Dorsey's eighth score of the season, the fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils (9-1-0, 2-0-0 ACC) defeated the No. 18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-3-2, 1-1-0 ACC) for a program record ninth-straight win Thursday night in South Bend, Ind.
The win broke the program's previous school record of eight-straight wins, accomplished in 2000. Duke is now 2-0 in ACC play, the first time reaching that mark since 2014.
It was a defensive battle in the first 45, as neither side was able to mount a dangerous attack. The breakthrough came in the second half on a misplay from the Notre Dame defender that led to an own goal, putting Duke up 1-0. Dorsey would add the Blue Devils’ second goal 14 minutes later, with the assist credited to Taylor Racioppi.
The night's final goal came in the 76th minutes from redshirt senior Malinda Allen, as she put one in on assists from Ella Stevens and Schuyler DeBree to put the score at 3-0.
From there, the Duke defense would keep Notre Dame locked down to finish out EJ Proctor's fourth shutout of the season, all coming in the last five matches. She now has 25 for her career, putting her five away from tying for third place in the school record book.
Duke is now 2-0 this season when being outshot, as Notre Dame won the shots battle, 13-11. Despite being outshot, the Blue Devils put more on target with seven shots on goal compared the just two from the Irish.
The Blue Devils return home for their next contest, hosting Pitt Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m., with the live stream on ACC Network Extra. Fans can access the broadcast through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
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