RALEIGH, N.C. - After inclement weather delayed the start of Thursday night's game by two hours and 10 minutes, the 15th-ranked Duke Blue Devils (8-2-2, 2-1-1 ACC) and No. 21 NC State Wolfpack (8-2-2, 1-1-1 ACC) battled to a 1-1 draw at the Dail Soccer Stadium in Raleigh.
After an NC State red card gave Duke a one-man advantage in the second half, senior Kayla McCoy tallied the Blue Devils' lone goal of the night in the 77th minute, her fifth of the season and 31st of her career. She is now three scores away from cracking the top five on Duke's all-time goals list. Duke seemed poised to ride McCoy's score to the end until NC State equalized in the 82nd minute. From there it was a defensive battle, with neither side conceding a second goal en route to the second tie of the season for the Blue Devils.
With the draw, Duke remains unbeaten in the last 18 matches against the Wolfpack (17-0-1) and have not lost to its rivals from Raleigh in the Robbie Church era.
Lightning in the Raleigh area sent the ACC battle between in-state rivals into a weather delay just moments before the contest started. That did not slow down the energy of the Blue Devils though, who came out aggressive in the first half, reeling off seven shots to just one from the home side. Despite the aggressive play, the Blue Devils were unable to get on the board, sending the match into the locker rooms with a scoreless draw.
Duke kept putting on the pressure on in the second half and nearly had a one-on-one opportunity in the 63rd minute, as McCoy was brought down just outside the 18' by the last NC State defender, earning the Wolfpack a red card. NC State would play down a player for the final 47 minutes of Thursday night's showdown.
McCoy finally broke through in the 77th, as she took a pass from Ella Stevens and worked her way out of traffic, turning and firing off a screamer of a shot that found the back of the net. Stevens' assist gives her a team-high six on the season and 23 for her career, which ties Kelly Walbert (1992-95) for fourth all-time at Duke.
NC State worked frantically to get back into the contest and then found its equalizer with just under nine minutes remaining in regulation. A pass from the left found the Wolfpack's Tziarra King at the top of the box, setting her up for a strike that would result in her seventh goal of the 2018 campaign.
Duke recorded a number of chances in the final moments of the first half, including a McCoy header off a corner kick that just missed getting in goal. A pair of misses and an NC State save sent the match into overtime tied 1-1. Duke would outshoot State, 6-1, in the two overtime periods, with two of those shots on goal, but could not capitalize as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
For the third time this season, the Blue Devils recorded at least 20 shots in a contest, tallying 20 to NC State's three. The Blue Devils had eight shots on target, while State put all three of their attempts on goal. Duke also earned six corners while the Wolfpack went the entire 110:00 without a single attempt from the sides.
Next up for the Blue Devils is a pair of home contests, starting with Wake Forest on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. ET. Duke closes out the weekend at home against Virginia Tech on Sunday, Oct. 7, with that match slated to start at 1 p.m. Both contests will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
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