PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Fifth-ranked Duke drops its season opener to No. 24 Drexel 1-0 Friday night at Buckley Field in Philadelphia, Pa. The Blue Devils had several chances toward the end of the game, including two corner shots with less than 2:30 left in regulation, but Drexel goalie Jantien Gunter made multiple impressive saves to keep Duke scoreless.
"We are extremely disappointed with the result of tonight's match and give credit to Drexel's constant high energy and finishing touch for the game winner," head coach Pam Bustin commented after the game. "We found our stride toward the end of the second half, and then really turned up the heat through the last 18 minutes of the game."
The game remained 0-0 throughout the entire first half for both squads and was close the entire 70 minutes of play. With 18:40 left in the second half, Drexel sophomore Meghan Plank earned the lone goal of the game with a shot from the left side of the field. Duke followed the goal with three consecutive corners but was unable to execute.
"We created great opportunities, but could not capitalize. We will absolutely take many positives from tonight's match and continue to build on our team play and execution."
Duke dominated in number of penalty corners over Drexel 14-7 but Drexel edged Duke in total shots 12-10. Freshman Hannah Barreca and juniors Emmie Le Marchand and Brenna Rescigno chipped in two shots each.
The Blue Devils will return to action on Sunday in Philadelphia against the Temple Owls. Game time is set for 1 p.m. A full release will be available at www.GoDuke.com.