NORFOLK, Va. – Fourth-ranked Duke extended its win streak to five straight contests, earning a 5-1 victory at 22nd-ranked Old Dominion Sunday in non-conference action. Senior forward Rose Tynan scored twice to lead the Blue Devils to their 11th win of the season.
Head coach Pam Bustin’s squad put together a strong second half to improve to 11-3 overall and 9-3 this fall against ranked foes.
“The two halves were very similar [statistically] but I think we just woke up a bit,” Bustin said of the second half. “We were a little bit too much spectating the person with the ball rather than engaging the person with the ball. Whether that’s attack or defense, we needed to be more engaging and become more a part of the game as a whole, as a team. I thought they absolutely did that. The energy on the attack and the defense was outstanding second half.”
With the match tied 1-1 at halftime, Tynan found the back of the cage for the third time in as many contests. She put away a ball from sophomore Lexi Davidson at the far post just over two minutes into the half, regaining the lead for the Blue Devils.
Duke widened the margin 10 minutes later, as freshmen Leah Crouse and Olivia Sahaydak teamed up for a goal. A pass from Virginia Beach native Crouse on the end line found Sahaydak in front of the cage for her eighth tally of the year. Crouse recorded her seventh assist.
The Blue Devils weren’t done, though, scoring two more times before the end of regulation. After redshirt junior goalkeeper Sammi Steele made her second stop of the afternoon on a corner attempt by the Monarchs, Tynan fired a hard shot into the left side of the cage on a direct corner hit. Senior Morgan Bitting and sophomore Lily Posternak were credited with assists on the play. Five minutes later, junior midfielder Margaux Paolino polished off the victory with a goal off a restart.
Steele and the defensive corner unit kept the home squad off the board on two Old Dominion corner opportunities midway through the first period, setting up a chance on the other end. Senior Erin Scherrer provided the finish on the second of two corner attempts, pushing in a direct hit by junior Jillian Wolgemuth to put Duke in front in the 23rd minute.
The goal by Scherrer – who hails from nearby Chesapeake – was good for her sixth of the season.
The Monarchs countered eight minutes later on a corner goal of their own, knotting the score heading into halftime. Shots were 12-3 in the Blue Devils’ favor at the intermission.
“Second half we just decided to keep possession, keep the ball moving and to build attack with patience,” Scherrer said. “All the girls on our team really worked hard and built up to have good attack and have lots of shots on cage. Virginia Beach girls did well too, so that’s really fun.”
For the contest, nine different Blue Devils registered a point. Tynan surpassed the 40-goal mark for her career and moved into 12th on the program’s all-time career points list with 94.
Duke rounded out the afternoon with a 22-6 advantage in shots. The Monarchs (7-5) led in penalty corners, 7-4. Old Dominion goalkeeper Kealsie Robles posted eight saves in the loss.
The Blue Devils head back out on the road next weekend, traveling to Louisville, Ky., for a 6 p.m. Friday matchup with the Cardinals. The ACC contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.