WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite a number of chances for both squads, Thursday’s top 15 showdown at Shaw Field between the No. 11 Duke Blue Devils (1-1-1) and No. 15 Georgetown Hoyas (1-0-2) ended in a scoreless draw.
It was a back-and-forth affair as each team recorded a number of opportunities throughout the match. Brooke Heinsohn was the star for the Blue Devils as she recorded a career-high 10 saves in the contest.
Kayla McCoy was behind a number of Duke’s chances in the first half, including a curling shot at goal in the 18th minute and another attempt three minutes later that forced the keeper off her feet to make the save. Georgetown’s back line was able to foil a number of the Blue Devils’ runs at goal, including a solid chance in the 35th minute. The trio of Tess Boade, Marykate McGuire and Mackenzie Pluck made a run into the 18’ that nearly turned into a shot before a Hoya defender swooped in to knock the ball out of danger.
Georgetown was the aggressor out of the locker room, reeling off a shot just five minutes in that went wide of goal. McCoy again played the catalyst for the Blue Devil offense, highlighted by a long run into the box in the 52nd minute that was stopped at the last moment by GU’s goalkeeper.
In one of the game’s top plays, Heinsohn made an impressive diving save on a shot from the left side in the 68th minute, which would also be one of Georgetown’s best attempts of the contest. Ella Stevens was presented with a pair of chances in the 82nd minute of play to break the scoreless tie, but the Hoya defense was able to fend off the danger. After a near miss from the Hoyas three minutes later, the contest would head into overtime tied at 0-0.
The overtime periods did not disappoint as they provided intensity from start to finish. Georgetown would have two close misses in the final 10 minutes, a shot off the crossbar in the 102nd minute and a look at goal in the final two minutes that was knocked away by Taylor Mitchell to preserve the draw. It is the second time in as many games that Mitchell has made a save at the goal line.
Heinsohn picked up her second shutout of the season, both coming against top 25 foes. Stevens led the Blue Devil offensive attack with three shots, all on goal.
Duke will return home for its next contest, hosting the Elon Phoenix on Sunday, Aug. 26. Kickoff from Koskinen Stadium is set for 5 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed through WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
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