SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was the Kayla McCoy show Sunday afternoon, as the junior’s second brace of the year led the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils (16-1-0, 9-0-0 ACC) to a 2-0 victory at Syracuse (7-8-2, 2-6-1 ACC), setting the school record for most ACC wins in a season.
Sunday’s win broke previous record of eight set during the 2011 season, which featured one of the three runs to the College Cup in school history. The victory also improved Duke’s program record winning streak to 16-straight victories with one more match left in the regular season.
“Extremely happy with this team,” head coach Robbie Church said. “These five-day road trips that you have to take once a year are very difficult, but we came out and won against two tough teams who are fighting to get into the ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament. Both of them came out and played us very tough, but I thought we were really good today. We found an early goal much like Thursday and that second goal in the first half was key for us.
“We’re 9-0 in the league, 16-straight games, top of the table and there’s not much more we could ask for.”
McCoy scored in the ninth and 30th minutes to move her to four-career multi-goal performances, which ties her for seventh in the Duke record book. Ella Stevens garnered the assist on the day’s first goal, while Imani Dorsey tallied the assist on the second score.
EJ Proctor and the Blue Devil defense racked up their 11th shutout of the season, which ties for seventh in the single-season record book. It is also the seventh clean sheet against an ACC foe this season, which ties the 2011 season for the most in the program’s 29-year history.
Proctor has now tallied eight solo clean sheets throughout the 2017 campaign, which moves her into the top 10 on the single season list. Today’s shutout also bumps her career total to 29, putting her one behind second place on the career rankings.
Duke came out on top in the shots battle, 14-5, with eight coming on goal. Proctor and her defensive line were able to keep all but one of Syracuse’s attempts off target, making life hard on the home squad the entire 90 minutes of play.
The Blue Devils remain on the road to finish out the 2017 regular season, heading to No. 12 Virginia on Thursday, Oct. 26. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET from Charlottesville, Va., and will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
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