DURHAM, N.C. – A Rose Tynan tally 57 seconds into the second half gave fourth-ranked Duke a 1-0 ACC victory over 18th-ranked Virginia Friday night at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. The Blue Devils moved to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in the conference with their fourth straight win.
Both teams were bolstered by strong goalkeeping performances, with Duke’s Sammi Steele notching six saves and the Cavaliers’ Carrera Lucas nine on the other end.
Tynan recorded the game’s first shot 14 minutes in following a back and forth start to the contest. Duke tested Virginia’s Lucas several more times in the opening period but the game remained scoreless at halftime. The Blue Devils led in shots, 7-1, at the break.
“Offensively, I thought we created a lot,” said head coach Pam Bustin. “They had 11 people below the ball and that makes it really difficult to move it around. I was actually really proud of how we tried to keep our composure and move the ball. We made some impatient mistakes at times, but that’s just the learning process. Their defense played very well tonight, so for us, it was a matter of how are we going to find an opportunity and then capitalize on that opportunity.”
Duke wasted no time in creating an opportunity following intermission, as junior midfielder Margaux Paolino drove up the left side of the field and found Tynan inside the circle for the finish. Tynan notched her team-leading 10th goal of the season to put the Blue Devils ahead, while Paolino picked up her eighth assist.
Both Lucas and Steele faced a barrage of shots over the next 15 minutes. Virginia pulled Lucas from the cage with just over five minutes to play, and despite a series of green cards handed out to both sides, Duke closed out the win with solid defensive play.
The Blue Devils totaled 14 shots on the evening to nine by the Cavaliers, while corners were even at four apiece.
“In the ACC, all of the teams are very strong and no matter ranking it’s going to be a tough match,” Tynan said. “It’s definitely good to get that under our belt. It was good experience.”
Tynan’s third game-winning goal of the year was also good for the 39th of her career, moving her into 12th in the program’s all-time record book. Paolino’s 32nd career assist gave her sole possession of sixth place all-time at Duke in the category.
The Blue Devils wrap up the weekend on the road, traveling to No. 22 Old Dominion for a 12 p.m. contest Sunday. The non-conference matchup will be broadcast on ODUSports.com.