EAST LANSING, Mich. - Fourth-ranked Duke defeated 14th-ranked Louisville, 2-0, on Sunday at the MSU Field Hockey Complex in the final game of the 2007 Champions Tournament. The Blue Devils improve to 1-1 on the season, while the Cardinals fall to 0-2 to begin the year.
After four shot attempts to start the half, Duke got on the board on its fifth shot with a goal from sophomore Amie Survilla at the 18-minute mark to go ahead, 1-0. Senior Marcy Burns tallied an assist on the play, as Survilla recorded her first goal of the season.
Louisville did not get off a shot until the 33:18 mark, as Allison Maffitt’s attempt was saved by senior Caitlin Williams. The Cardinals had another shot opportunity just before halftime, but Williams notched another save, as the Blue Devils headed into the break with a 1-0 lead.
The Cardinals came out firing in the second half as they had six shot attempts in the first 10 minutes of the period, all of which went wide except one that was saved by Williams. A Duke timeout at the 48:27 mark was followed by another wide Louisville shot, before freshman Susan Ferger netted her first collegiate goal on an assist from sophomore Brooke Patterson at the 55:45 mark, to push the Blue Devil lead to 2-0.
The final 20 minutes of the contest saw each club get off two shots, but neither was able to convert, as Duke notched its first win of the 2007 campaign with a 2-0 shutout.
Williams recorded four saves on the day after an eight-save performance on Saturday in a 2-1 loss to Ohio University, while Louisville keeper Marie-Claire Heller notched four stops, as well. Duke outshot Louisville, 6-4, while the Cardinals held the advantage on corners, 6-4.
The Blue Devils now lead the all-time series with the Cardinals, 5-1.
“We played poorly on Saturday, and we changed some things in the lineup and played more like a Duke team today,” said head coach Beth Bozman. “We had more intensity and capitalized on our speed, and overall just played like Duke.”
On Sept. 1, Duke will square off against William & Mary in its home opener at 1 p.m. at Williams Field. The following day, Duke will meet No. 10 Iowa at the same time, as the Blue Devils begin a six-game home stand.
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