CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Playing under the lights on the road for the first time this season, the No. 12 Duke Blue Devils (8-1-1, 2-0-0 ACC) received goals from Tess Boade and Taylor Racioppi as they shut out the Miami Hurricanes (3-5-2, 0-2-0 ACC) to the tune of 2-0 for their seventh-straight win.
The victory also gives Duke 12-straight victories in ACC regular season play and earns them a 2-0-0 start in the league for the second-straight season, a first in program history. The Blue Devils have now won six-straight games against the Hurricanes, improving their all-time record against Miami to 11-1-1.
“That was an absolutely fantastic win,” head coach Robbie Church said. “When you think about it, Sunday afternoon we were in upstate New York and four days later we’re about as south as you can get in Miami, Florida. That’s not easy in this league, so I’m very, very proud of this team. I thought we adjusted well and played much better in the second half.”
Thursday’s game was without much action to start, as there were only two shots in the first 10 minutes of play. Duke best chance came in the 18th minute, as a Karlie Paschall corner found the head of Taylor Mitchell, who put the attempt on goal, but was saved by the UM keeper.
With the first half winding down, the Blue Devils broke through off the foot of Boade, her second score of the season. The sophomore took a rolling pass from freshman Mackenzie Pluck in the 44th minute and slid it past the keeper and into goal to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 advantage after the first 45. The assist was the first of Pluck’s career.
Duke came out aggressive in the second half, but it was Miami who recorded the first shot, putting an attempt on goal in the 52nd minute. The Blue Devils’ aggressiveness finally paid off seven minutes later, as Paschall sent a beautiful ball over the top and into the offensive third to Racioppi. The Blue Devil senior used her first touch to beat the defender and then sent the ball past the keeper and into the right corner for her team-leading fifth score of the year to give Duke a 2-0 lead.
With the assist, Paschall has now recorded at least one point in four of the last five matches.
Miami had a chance to bring their deficit to within one in the 67th minute, as Duke gave up a penalty for the first time this season. Brooke Heinsohn would erase any danger as she made the save to keep the clean sheet intact. Duke would control the contest for the remaining 23 minutes to secure the 2-0 victory.
“Brooke’s save was huge for us. That was a momentum changer,” Church said. “We also had two fantastic goals with good movement and good counters. Really proud of our staff with the short turnaround. Our game plan and the changes that we made were key in this win.
With her clean sheet, Heinsohn now has six shutouts on the year. The Blue Devil netminder has not allowed a goal in 316:51, with her last coming in the 33rd minute against Nebraska on Sept. 6.
The Blue Devils finished the match with just six shots to Miami’s 11, but put five of their attempts on goal compared to four from the Hurricanes. Duke also picked up six opportunities from the corner, while UM tallied three chances.
“Tonight puts us 2-0 in the ACC, both road wins,” Church said. “It’s a nice start and now we’re looking forward to going home and playing a great Virginia team.”
Duke will now return back home to the friendly confines of Koskinen Stadium for their ACC home opener on Sunday, Sept. 23. The Blue Devils host the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers at 2 p.m. ET, a contest that will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
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