DURHAM, N.C. - Eighth-ranked Duke posted its third shutout win of the season on Sunday afternoon, as the Blue Devils defeated Radford, 4-0, at Williams Field.
Duke’s second shot of the game resulted in a goal for an early 1-0 lead, as senior Shayna McGeehan netted her first goal of the season and second of her career two minutes into the contest.
Radford could not manage a shot against the Blue Devil defense until the 10-minute mark, an attempt that was saved by senior keeper Caitlin Williams. Highlander goalie freshman Jennifer Wisniewski made three saves in the initial 20 minutes of the contest, while Williams secured as many for the Blue Devils.
Freshman Casey Beyel recorded her first collegiate goal on an assist from classmate Susan Ferger at 19:59 to give Duke a 2-0 lead, an advantage that the Blue Devils would carry into the halftime break.
Each goalie recorded four saves in the initial stanza, as Duke out-shot and out-cornered Radford, 9-5, and 4-3, respectively.
The second half saw the Blue Devils control the ball for the bulk of the period, as Duke got off 12 shots to Radford’s five. Duke increased its advantage to 3-0 at the 63:54 mark when sophomore Lauren Miller found the net for the first time this season off of a corner opportunity. Junior Marian Dickinson and sophomore Brooke Patterson were credited with assists on the play.
With five minutes remaining in the contest, Dickinson found junior Laura Suchoski in the circle for a score, as the Blue Devils took a 4-0 lead, an advantage that Duke would hold on to for the victory. The goal was Suchoski’s third of the season.
Duke out-shot Radford, 21-10, and out-cornered the Highlanders, 11-6, for the game. Wisniewski recorded 10 saves on the day for Radford, while Williams tied a season-high with eight stops for the Blue Devils. Williams now owns 31 saves for the season, allowing eight goals over six games for a 1.71 goals against average. The Greenland, N.H., native has three shutouts to her credit so far this year.
The Blue Devils improve to 3-3 (0-1 ACC) on the season, while the Highlanders fall to 2-3 (1-0 NorPac). Duke controls the all-time series with Radford, 14-0.
Duke will see one more full weekend of home competition next weekend, as the Blue Devils host Drexel (Sept. 15 - 1 p.m.) and Old Dominion (Sept. 16 - 1 p.m.) in two non-conference contests at Williams Field. Duke will then travel to archrival North Carolina on Sept. 22 before returning home for a matchup with Richmond on Sept. 23.
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