DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke field hockey team wrapped up its preseason Saturday with a full-length exhibition match against ACC foe North Carolina at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.
In their final tune-up prior to the start of the 2017 campaign, the two squads battled through 70 minutes of action. Among the highlights for the Blue Devils was a nine-save performance by redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Sammi Steele, who anchored an impressive defensive effort.
“At this point of preseason, to have a game that competitive, and to have the effort and the energy from both teams out there for 70 minutes is really impressive,” said head coach Pam Bustin. “I’m really pleased with the Blue Devils and how we held our composure and kept up our focus and the goals that we set for the game within a high level of competition.”
Bustin also noted she was also pleased to see the team improve upon its showing from an exhibition match against Davidson last Saturday.
“We wanted to continue to challenge and improve the things that we’ve been working on since our last scrimmage a week ago with Davidson and what we put into practice throughout the week – can we bring it to a game that will also have a high level of energy and intensity to it,” Bustin said. “I feel that we were able to do that.”
With two busy weeks of preseason training in the books for Bustin’s squad, Duke now moves into its first game week of the season. The Blue Devils open the year on the road, facing William & Mary Friday, Aug. at 6 p.m. in Williamsburg.
Duke’s home opener at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium is slated for Friday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m., when the team hosts conference opponent Louisville. That contest will be broadcast on ESPN3, as well as the WatchESPN app.