NEWTON, Mass. – A stellar performance from goalkeeper Sammi Steele lifted second-ranked Duke to a thrilling 3-2 overtime shootout victory against ninth-ranked Boston College Friday night in ACC action.
Steele totaled nine saves through regulation and two overtime periods, and stopped the Eagles on three of five shootout attempts to help the Blue Devils improve to 8-1 overall and 2-1 against conference foes.
Playing in overtime for the first time this season, head coach Pam Bustin’s squad maintained its composure through two Boston College penalty corners and five shots in the first 15 minutes of extra time. Duke generated a couple of offensive opportunities as well, but saw the Eagles’ goalkeeper, Sarah Dwyer, come up with saves on three of the four shots in the period.
The Blue Devils’ defensive unit was solid again in the second overtime, keeping the score at 2-2 despite three more Boston College corner attempts. Steele made a critical stop on an offering by the Eagles’ Frederique Haverhals in the 99th minute and saw another blocked by the backs in front of her. Neither side was able to punch through a tally in the closing minutes, setting up a shootout – Duke’s first since the 2013 season.
Steele and Dwyer both came up with saves on the first two shootout attempts, and Steele added another stop before junior forward Rose Tynan successfully converted on her chance. Boston College’s Caroline McGovern and the Blue Devils’ Alexa Mackintire found the back of the cage in the third round of the shootout, as did Haverhals and Erin Scherrer in the fourth round. Steele then held off the Eagles’ Brooke Matherson to seal the shootout victory for Duke.
Tynan put the Blue Devils on the board first four minutes into the contest, finding the back of the boards on assists from seniors Mackintire and Ainsley Gill. Tynan earned her team-leading seventh goal of the season on the scoring play.
The Eagles countered a short while later, converting on a penalty corner opportunity to knot the game. The teams then traded looks at the goal until Duke broke through again on the final play of the half. The Blue Devils’ third corner of the contest resulted in an initial shot by senior Alyssa Chillano that was turned away by Dwyer. Scherrer collected the rebound and put it away to send the Blue Devils into the intermission leading, 2-1.
Boston College tied the score again early in the second period, with Alesandra Miller providing the tally in the 49th minute. Dwyer and Steele both anchored defenses that held strong through the remainder of regulation, sending the contest into overtime.
For the contest, the Eagles recorded 22 shots to 16 by Duke. Boston College also led in penalty corners, 9-6.
The Blue Devils remain in Boston through the weekend, visiting No. 22 Boston University Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest will be streamed on the Patriot League Network.
- Duke earned its second win of the season over a top-10 opponent after shutting out then-No. 6 Maryland, 2-0, Sept. 1.
- The Blue Devils took part in an overtime shootout for the first time since 2013. In that contest, the squad came away with a similar 3-2 victory against top-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.