DURHAM, N.C. – With time ticking away, the 11th-ranked Duke Blue Devils needed a spark. Enter Kayla McCoy and Rebecca Quinn.
Late goals just 45 seconds apart from two of the Blue Devils veteran stars propelled Duke to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against No. 21 Utah Monday night at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils pushed their winning streak to seven straight, the best stretch since 2011, and improved to 7-1 overall while the Utes dropped to 4-2-1.
“The chances were there, but we just were not able to break through until Kayla’s score,” head coach Robbie Church said. “She’s a goal scorer and that’s why she’s in there. And Rebecca [Quinn] got her first goal of the year and I thought she played really well all night.
This is a really big-time win. It was an impressive win at West Virginia, but this is just as impressive. To come back from that trip and play a good, well-coached Utah team, it was a great win. Overall, I thought we played really well the entire match and I am really proud of our team.”
With the match scoreless at the half, Utah got on the board first with a goal from Paola Van der Veen at the 48:56 mark, as the junior used one touch to score off a cross from Holly Daugirda. The Blue Devils would earn multiple chances as time wound down, but kept coming up short until the match hit the 82nd minute.
There began the comeback, as freshman Taylor Mitchell sent a cross into the box that McCoy would head into the back of the goal to tie things up at 1-1. McCoy’s fifth goal of the year put overtime on everyone’s mind until 45 seconds later when Quinn sent a spectacular shot from 25 yards out into goal, stunning the Utes and putting the Blue Devils on top, 2-1.
“I had been feeding it to the forwards a bunch and thought I might as well have a go,” Quinn said. “You don’t get many of those at holding mid, so might as well take one and see if I can catch the goalie sleeping and I did.
“We had so many chances and just couldn’t put it in. It was just a matter of time and then finally we got it with Kayla’s goal, which was a great finish.”
The Blue Devils outshot Utah 13-6 for the game as both teams registered two saves. EJ Proctor got the win in net for the Blue Devils, improving to 5-1-0 on the year.
Duke returns to action Sunday for the beginning of ACC play. The Blue Devils host Virginia Tech for a 2 p.m. start, with the broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Fans can catch the match on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
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