DURHAM, N.C. Ė In what has become a recurring theme in the 2007 Duke Women’s Soccer season, the 26th-ranked Blue Devils played their sixth double-overtime match on Sunday finishing in a 2-2 draw against Maryland at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
The Blue Devils registered their second straight and fourth double-overtime Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) match, while moving their record to 7-3-5, 2-2-3 in ACC play. Maryland registered its first points in ACC action moving its record to 5-6-3, 0-5-1. Duke has now played six double-overtime matches this season and is one shy of a school record that occurred in 2002.
“It is tough, we have had two overtime games this week,” said Duke Coach Robbie Church. “The kids legs were going out from underneath them-- you could see that from the stands. Especially playing a team that was very, very fresh and hadn’t played at all this week. I thought we competed, I just think we are a little off of our game. We are not as sharp as we were earlier in the year. If you look around here we have a lot of injuries. It is not like they are sitting out but they have all sorts of injuries and trying to play through and they are doing a really good job of playing through. It is a frustrating game as it is a game on our home field and we felt we should have gotten the win here.”
For the third straight contest, Duke came out with a slow start allowing four early shots before Annesia Faulkner fired a shot that was saved, but Kelly Rozumalski was there to collect her second goal of the season at the 7:58 mark.
With Maryland getting an early goal, Duke had to come back from a first half deficit for the third straight match. The Blue Devils finally got it together late in the first half as sophomore Sara Murphy found junior Lorraine Quinn in the open midfield where she did what she does best - dribble. Quinn, who is from Farmingdale, N.Y., drove up the field for 25 yards before sending in a left-footed shot from 28 yards out that hit the corner of the Terrapin goal for her third goal of the season at the 32:19 mark.
The Blue Devils came right back to grab the lead in the 39th minute as freshman Madeline McEwen sent cross in from the right side that went high off a Maryland defender before sophomore Elisabeth Redmond settled it found freshman Rebecca Allen on the left side of the box. Allen, a native of Jenks, Okla., was able to slide the ball into the Maryland net next to the right post for her third goal of the season.
Immediately after Allen scored her goal, Maryland Head Coach Brian Pensky was given a red card for arguing. Forty-five minutes into the match, Maryland held an 8-6 shot advantage.
“In the second part of the first half, we did a great job of turning the game around,” said Church. “A great goal by Lorraine Quinn and a very nice goal by Rebecca Allen when she turned it. We started to play our game, put the ball on the ground, move it and really dominate the tempo of the game.”
In the second half, both teams came out firing with Duke registering the first two shot attempts off the feet of sophomore CJ Ludemann. Faulkner also had an opportunity of her own by Blue Devil goalkeeper Allison Lipsher posted her fourth save of the match. Quinn then almost had her second goal of the match in the 62nd minute as she blasted a shot that went off the crossbar.
Maryland was able to capitalize on a Duke mistake in the 68th minute as Rozumalski sent a perfect feed in-between two Blue Devil defenders and Nataly Arias was one-on-one with Lipsher. Arias was able to find the top left of the net for her fourth goal of the season and tie the match at 2-2.
Duke was not able to manage any excellent scoring opportunities as its double-overtime match on Thursday against Wake Forest started to show. Maryland had a few late free kicks but neither team was able to get anything across the goal line.
At the end of regulation, Maryland continued to hold a 14-13 shot advantage.
Duke came out ready to play in the first overtime as Redmond had a shot 13 seconds into the period and then with less than a minute remaining in the period the Blue Devils another excellent scoring opportunity. Redmond sent in a corner kick from the right side to freshman Meaghan FitzGerald who headed the ball across the Maryland goal where freshman Marybeth Kreger was there for a wide-open attempt but her shot went high over the crossbar.
In the second overtime, Blue Devil freshman Kendall Bradley had two shot attempts but one went left and the other was saved by Maryland goalkeeper Wendy Balogun. Faulkner totaled a shot for the Terrapins that went wide.
The match ended with both teams registering 15 shots. Lipsher, who is from Honolulu, Hawaii, finished the match with seven saves and Balogun added six for Maryland.
Duke will be off this week until the Blue Devils host Florida State on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 12:00 p.m.
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