LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sophomore attacker Charlotte North delivered her seventh goal of the day in dramatic fashion, sending 14th-ranked Duke to an 11-10 overtime victory at Louisville Sunday.
Following one scoreless overtime period of six minutes, North collected a rebound and put it away a minute and a half into a second overtime period, giving the Blue Devils their second overtime win in as many ACC contests this season.
Junior goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux recorded a career-high 12 saves and senior Olivia Jenner finished with a season-best 14 draw controls as Duke improved to 6-1 on the season and 2-0 in conference play in a contest originally scheduled for Saturday but restarted Sunday morning due to severe weather.
Trailing at the intermission for the first time on the season, Duke received two defensive stops and a pair of free position goals from North to retake the lead coming out of halftime at 7-6. Cadoux’s ninth save set up an Olivia Jenner marker on the other end.
Cadoux surpassed her career high a couple of possessions later in the midst of a scoring drought by both teams. Tessa Chad of Louisville broke through for her fourth tally but sophomore midfielder Catriona Barry countered to put the Blue Devils’ lead back at one with 5:47 remaining.
The score continued to weave back and forth and was tied again with 58 seconds to play on North’s sixth goal of the contest. The 10-10 deadlock would continue, sending the squads to overtime.
Both defenses held through a pair of three-minute segments in the first overtime before Barry claimed the draw control at the beginning of the second overtime frame. The Blue Devils had a pair of looks – one that went wide and one that was saved – before North picked up a ground ball off a rebound and buried it in the back of the cage for her 36th – and second game-winning – goal of the season.
Duke struck first in the opening half and quickly built a 3-1 lead behind four straight wins at the draw. The Cardinals responded with four straight tallies to go in front. Turnovers continued to plague the Blue Devils but consecutive saves by Cadoux kept the margin at one.
North’s third tally of the day knotted the score at 5-5, but Louisville’s Chad matched North to give the Cardinals a 6-5 edge heading into halftime.
North’s seven goals led all players while Olivia Jenner had two. Jenner paced Duke to a 19-7 advantage at the draw, and the Blue Devils also held the upper hand in shots, 32-28, and ground balls, 23-19. North and Barry combined for 11 ground balls while senior defender Charlotte Tucci notched three caused turnovers and junior Callie Humphrey added two.
Due to the change in schedule this weekend, the Blue Devils’ Monday contest against Davidson has been shifted to next Monday, March 18. The game is slated for a 4 p.m. opening draw at Koskinen Stadium. Duke returns to action Saturday at Penn, facing the Quakers at 12 p.m. inside Franklin Field.