DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University redshirt junior Kim DeCesare registered a career-high six points from two goals and two assists to lead the second-ranked Blue Devils to a convincing 8-0 blanking of Elon in women's soccer action tonight at Koskinen Stadium. DeCesare led the way as five different players notched goals and nine Blue Devils overall had at least one point.
Laura Weinberg and Katie Trees both added two goals apiece for Duke, which improved to 2-0-0 for the year. Elon falls to 0-1-1 for the season. Juniors Kaitlyn Kerr and Gilda Doria both recorded their first goals of 2012.
"Today we wanted to play two good halves," head coach Robbie Church said. "I thought we moved the ball well. It was nice because we finished a lot of things and 32 shots are great. I'm very very happy. Competition goes up with the international game against Montreal on Friday and then we have Florida which came here and wore us out last spring. So we look forward to that and moving forward, but I'm very happy that we're 2-0."
The Blue Devils controlled the run of play throughout the 90 minutes. Attacking from the opening whistle, Kerr put Duke up 1-0 just two minutes into the game as she collected a perfectly played through ball from DeCesare and was able to put it past Elon goalkeeper Catherine Brinkman.
Just over six minutes later Weinberg rifled a shot from long range that Brinkman was able to stop, but Doria was there on the doorstep to put the rebound in the back of the net. DeCesare rounded out the first-half scoring as she finished a cross from rookie Cassie Pecht.
The second half was much of the same with Duke moving the ball well and finding the open spaces to score. Weinberg and DeCesare connected six minutes into the second session to make it 4-0 and Duke added four more goals over the next 25 minutes.
Trees completed the scoring for the Blue Devils as she got in the mix with a pair of tallies seven minutes apart. Doria and Katy Colas provided assists for her respective goals.
Overall, Duke played 23 different players and got five points from players off the bench. Redshirt freshman Ali Kershner and redshirt sophomore Meghan Thomas both saw action in goal for the second consecutive game as they split the second half.
"That's two games in a row that we've been able to get everybody in," Church said. "It's great. These are big minutes for a lot of players. They can come back and help us down the road. We kept our work rate up the whole time and it was a good weekend for us."
Duke held a 32-1 advantage in shots and a 5-3 edge in corner kick. Tara Campbell earned the start in net, playing the first 45 minutes with no saves. Brinkman, the Phoenix's leading scorer from a year ago, stepped in for the injured goalies and had nine saves, including six in the second stanza.
The Blue Devils make the short trip to Chapel Hill next for the annual UNC Nike Classic. Duke takes on University of Montreal Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. and No. 21 Florida Aug. 26 at 12 p.m.