DURHAM, N.C. Ė Moving to the forward position this season after playing mostly on the defensive end the past two years with the Blue Devils, Kelly Hathorn has found her touch as the junior registered two goals on Friday evening as Duke blanked San Francisco, 4-0, on the first day of the Duke adidas Classic at Koskinen Stadium.
“I’m very happy with the win, how we’re continuing to score goals, and with the shutout,” said Duke Head Coach Robbie Church. “This is the third straight game [with a shutout]. Some of the teams that we’ve played lately have been better, but we’ve come out and set the bar really high. I felt the second half was better: the speed of play was better, we attacked them more, we were creative, and we worked harder off the ball. It was a good solid win for us and we’re looking forward to the match on Sunday against a good Ohio State team.”
Hathorn, a native of Durham, N.C., is used to scoring goals as she netted 101 over her high school career, but did not score her first two years with the Blue Devils. On Sept. 13, Hathorn posted her first career goal against Elon and then two games later she collected her first two-goal performance versus the Dons of San Francisco.
San Francisco opened the match on the attack as they took the opening ball off a long kick towards the Blue Devil box where Lauren Maris was streaking down towards the Blue Devil goal. Maris’ shot went just wide left of the goal as Duke goalkeeper Allison Lipsher got a hand on it.
The Blue Devils came right back with three shots of their own, including one off the right post by sophomore KayAnne Gummersall before Hathorn and Elisabeth Redmond found sophomore CJ Ludemann for the first goal of her career in the 14th minute. Duke junior Christie McDonald fired another shot at the San Francisco goal but the attempt went wide. Four minutes later, Ludemann sent a free kick in the Dons box where freshman Kendall Bradley was able to tap in her first career goal at the 22:32 mark.
At the end of the first stanza, Duke held a 13-3 shot advantage along with a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the second half, the Blue Devils continued to attack the San Francisco goal and just eight minutes and 49 seconds into the period Lipsher sent a long kick down the field where Hathorn settled the ball and booted her second career goal over Don goalkeeper Katie Hodgson. The assist from Lipsher was the first of her four-year career.
“I’m definitely feeling more comfortable up front,” said Hathorn on her new position. “I knew what I was supposed to be doing [in the last few games], but my timing and my runs were off. I was going to the wrong spot and now I feel as though I am in the right position. Last game I was frustrated because I made a few runs and had some scoring opportunities, but couldn’t convert. Today I made the same runs and finally scored. The confidence is definitely getting up there. It’s exciting.”
Duke officially put the match away in the 64th minute as freshman Rebecca Allen and Redmond found Hathorn in the box where she nailed her second goal of the match to put the Blue Devils ahead 4-0. Hathorn now is tied for the lead on the team with 11 points, while leading the squad with five assists.
For the third straight contest, Lipsher has not allowed a goal as she saw action in 59 minutes before junior Cassidy Powers came in. A product of Honolulu, Hawaii, Lipsher now has a streak of 202:91 minutes without allowing a goal dating back the last four matches. Lipsher posted a 603:33-minute scoreless streak earlier this season, which was a school record. On the night, Lipsher finished with four saves, while Powers added two. For Hodgson in goal for the Dons, she finished with four saves in 90 minutes.
The Blue Devils outshot the Dons, 18-7, in the match.
Duke has now registered 13 goals over the last three matches, after opening the season with one goal over the first four contests. Nine different Blue Devils have scored a goal, including seven first-time goal scorers.
In the opening match of the day, eighth-ranked North Carolina cruised to a 5-0 victory over 29th-ranked Ohio State.
On Sunday, the Duke adidas Classic will close with eighth-ranked North Carolina taking on San Francisco at 12:00 p.m., while the Blue Devils will host Ohio State at 2:30 p.m.
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