DURHAM, N.C. - Despite a late goal from Kayla McCoy, the No. 12 Duke Blue Devils (8-2-1, 2-1-0 ACC) were unable to close the gap on the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers (8-1-0, 1-1-0 ACC) Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium, falling in a 2-1 battle.
In a contest that featured only 11 shots between the two sides, Virginia was able to come out victorious via a Duke own goal in the first half and a goal in the 76th minute of play. The loss snaps the Blue Devils’ seven-game winning streak and is their first ACC regular season loss since Oct. 27, 2016, a 1-0 loss to Clemson.
Duke had a chance to jump out in front 20 minutes in as McCoy sent a pass up to Ella Stevens, who drew a one-on-one opportunity with the keeper. Stevens fired a shot to left that UVA’s keeper was able to get a hand on, deflecting away from goal and eliminating the Duke threat.
The game’s first goal came with just under 20 minutes remaining in the first half when UVA sent a cross from the left into the box that deflected off a Blue Devil and into goal. That score, the first Duke own goal this season, would give the visitors a 1-0 lead they would take into the locker room.
Both sides would go without a shot for the first 18 minutes of the second half until a Cavalier attempt would result in Brooke Heinsohn’s first save of the day. On its fourth attempt of the contest, Virginia would make it 2-0 as a cross in from the left would be headed by Virginia's Alexa Spaanstra to Rebecca Jarrett at the penalty spot, who would send it into the back of the net.
Duke would attempt to rally back in the remaining 13 minutes, but could not get a shot off against the UVA defense until a free kick from Karlie Paschall with 37 seconds left. Paschall's service into the box would be redirected by Marykate McGuire and tapped into goal by McCoy for her fourth score of the season, cutting the Cavaliers' lead to 2-1. However, they could come no closer, as Virginia held on for its first ACC win of the season.
The Cavaliers finished with a 6-5 advantage in attempts, with five of those on target to Duke's three. Duke earned five corners to UVA's four. Sunday's contest was a physical one from start to finish, with Duke committing 15 fouls, including a pair of yellow cards, and UVA turning in 12.
Next up for the Blue Devils is a Thursday, Sept. 27 matchup in Raleigh against No. 16 NC State. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
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