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Blue Devils & Seminoles Battle To 1-1 Tie
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/28/2007
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DURHAM, N.C. –  For the third consecutive contest, the Duke women’s soccer team played for 110 minutes, coming away with a 1-1 tie against 14th-ranked Florida State.  Duke’s record now stands at 7-3-6 overall and 2-2-4 in the ACC, while the Seminoles move to 10-4-3, 5-2-2. 

“This was a different tie,” said Duke Head Coach Robbie Church.  “We played really well.  This is the best we have played all year for 90 minutes.  We asked three things from them all week.  We asked them to play with emotion, passion and together for 90 minutes.  We did it today and we were the better team out here.  We created a lot of opportunities but we didn’t finish all of our opportunities.  When you don’t do that you keep teams alive for a lot of things to happen.  That is what happened today.”

While dominating the first half with a 10-3 shot advantage, the Blue Devils were unable to capitalize on their scoring opportunities.  The first chance came just over four minutes into the match as Kelly Hathorn missed high.  Just three minutes later, off a corner kick by Jane Alukonis, a header by Christie McDonald and a shot by Kendall Bradley off the subsequent rebound were both saved by Florida State goalie Erin McNulty.

Florida State opened the scoring nearly 16 minutes into the second half as Mami Yamaguchi fed a through ball to Amanda DaCosta at the top of the box.  DaCosta was able to slip the ball by Duke goalkeeper Allison Lipsher to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead.  The Seminoles then missed an opportunity to gain some breathing room as Rachel Lim’s shot on an open net sailed high. 

Duke regained the momentum and scored the equalizer with just under 10 minutes left in regulation.  Meaghan FitzGerald carried the ball down the middle of the field and found Elisabeth Redmond on the left side of the box.  Redmond’s shot found the upper-right corner of the net.  Redmond, who is from Morristown, N.J., now owns a team-best six goals and 21 points on the season.

Both teams had their chances to score a game-winner in regulation.  With 3:30 left in the game, Florida State’s Sanna Talonen was wide on her shot.  The Blue Devils took the ball right back down the field.  Lorraine Quinn found Hathorn on the left side of the box, but her shot hit the post.  Continuing the back-and-forth action, Florida State recovered quickly and Yamaguchi had an one-on-one opportunity, but Duke’s Lipsher was able to gather up the save.  Duke had one more chance to avoid overtime, but Redmond’s shot with five seconds left was saved by McNulty.

Florida State came out strong to begin the first overtime, attempting two shots in the first three minutes.  The Seminoles kept the pressure on and had their best opportunity of the overtime off a corner kick just over six minutes into the extra session.  Yamaguchi sent the kick in front of the net and out of the resulting scrum, Sanna Talonen pushed a shot to the right side of the net, where Duke’s Quinn was able to make the save at the goal line.

The Blue Devils were able to keep the ball at the other end of the field for the remainder of the period, and attempt two shots, but were unable to find the back of the net, sending the game into the second overtime period.  Duke’s best chance to score came off a corner kick by Redmond.  Quinn had her shot blocked in front of the net and Bradley’s shot off the rebound was wide. 

For the game, the Blue Devils outshot Florida State 25-14.  In goal, Lipsher had six saves for Duke, while McNulty stopped eight Blue Devil shots.  The six ties this season is one shy of the school record set in 2002.

“Ali is fantastic,” said Church.  “She is one of the best keepers in the country.  We can take some chances knowing Ali is back there.  We know if we make some mistakes she will cover up things.    Thursday is a very special day as we will honor her and honor Andrea Crane, who has brought a lot of things to us off the field.  She is not played as many minutes.  She is a great person and great team person.”

Duke returns to action on Thursday, November 1, against Miami.  The contest, which begins at 8:00 pm, will be Senior Day for Lipsher and Andrea Cane.

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