DURHAM, N.C. – Goals from senior Taylor Racioppi and freshman Marykate McGuire paced the No. 12 Duke Blue Devils (4-1-1) on Sunday, as they took down the Providence Friars (3-2-0), 2-1, at Koskinen to capture their third-straight win.
For the first time this season, the Blue Devils were able to put multiple shots in the back of the net in the first half, with Racioppi's coming in the 24th minute, followed by McGuire's in the 37th. It is also the third-straight multi-goal showing from Duke, as it has outscored opponents 7-1 in its last three games.
The win gives Duke its first against Providence in history, evening the series at 1-1-0 with the only other meeting coming in 1993. It also marks the second-straight season the Blue Devils have gone 2-0 at its home tournament, a feat that has not been accomplished since the 2011-12 seasons.
It was a slow start on both sides, as only two shots, both from Duke senior Kayla McCoy, were taken within the first 17 minutes. Providence were provided its first chances of the game starting in the 18th, as the Friars reeled off three attempts, one blocked and the other two saved by Brooke Heinsohn.
A combination from McCoy and Ella Stevens set up a one-on-one chance for Racioppi from the right side at the 23:17 mark that she buried. Racioppi's third goal of the season, which ties Mackenzie Pluck for the team lead, gave the Blue Devils a 1-0 advantage. It also marked the fifth time this season Duke has scored first (4-1-0).
Stevens’ assist moves her to 22 for her career, which moves her up into a tie for fifth on the Duke all-time list with Imani Dorsey (2014-17), Carolyn Ford (2002-05) and Laura Weinberg (2010-13).
The day's second goal was the first set piece score of the year for the Blue Devils. Karlie Paschall delivered a free kick from the right sideline directly to the right foot of McGuire, who sent it past the keeper and into the back of the net. Her second score of the year gave Duke a 2-0 lead heading in the half, the second time this season it has held the advantage after the first 45.
After surviving a pair of early shots from the Friars to start the second half, the Blue Devils responded with five of their own from the 54th to the 58th minute. Duke nearly tacked on its third goal when a shot from Stevens ricocheted off the keeper, setting up a header for Taylor Mitchell that hit crossbar before it was cleared out of the box.
Duke would take five shots to Providence’s zero over the next 22 minutes. Providence would finally break through and pull within one in the 76th minute with a rocket to the right upper 90. However, Duke's defense dug in and held off several runs by the Friars to secure the 2-1 win and finish the Duke Nike Classic in perfect 2-0 fashion.
After taking 22 shots on Thursday in the 2-0 win against Marquette, the Blue Devils only registered 13 attempts on Sunday, outshooting Providence 13-6. Five of those attempts were on target, while Providence put three on goal. Duke also dominated when it came to earning corners, recording 12 to the Friars’ two.
The Blue Devils will remain at home next week, closing out their five-game homestand with the final non-conference action of the season. Duke hosts Nebraska on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. ET, before closing the week out against Old Dominion on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
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2018 Duke Nike Classic All-Tournament Team
Kat McDonald, M, Sr., Duke
Marykate McGuire, F, Fr., Duke
Sydney Simmons, M, Fr., Duke
Ella Stevens, M, Jr., Duke
Julia Ashley, D, Sr., North Carolina
Zoe Redei, F, Jr., North Carolina
Lotte Wubben-Moy, D, So., North Carolina
Shelby Hogan, GK, So., Providence
Hailee Duserick, D, Sr., Providence
Maddy Henry, GK, Jr., Marquette
Katrina Wetherell, M, Fr., Marquette