DURHAM, N.C. – Despite a number of chances for both squads, Wednesday’s top 15 showdown at Koskinen Field between the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils (1-1-1) and No. 13 Georgetown Hoyas (1-1-1) ended in a scoreless draw.
“We didn’t play well early in the game,” said head coach Robbie Church. “We caused our own problems by turning balls over in bad parts of the field. We didn’t pass the ball well in the first 30 minutes, but it was unfortunate that the half came when it did because we were finally getting a rhythm of play. I thought we got better than we were on Sunday. I thought we grew and we created opportunities.”
It was a back-and-forth contest as each team recorded a number of opportunities throughout the match. The two squads combined for 16 shots, with the Blue Devils holding the advantage, 10-6 throughout the four periods of action.
Duke fired off the first shot of the evening in the 14th minute of play, with an attempt from junior Taylor Mitchell that went wide left of the post. Georgetown went on to record the next two shots of the contest, followed by another shot from the Blue Devils before both teams went on to close out the half with three shots each.
After a scoreless second half that featured two shot attempts on each side, Duke became the aggressor in the overtime period, as freshman Sophie Jones reeled off a shot within the first two minutes that was blocked. Sophomore Mackenzie Pluck followed up with her lone attempt of the evening, coming in the 94th minute of overtime, which was saved by the Georgetown keeper.
The Blue Devils closed out the overtime periods with five shots, while holding the Hoyas shotless across the final 10 minutes in the second overtime.
Redshirt junior Brooke Heinsohn picked up her second shutout of the season for the Blue Devils. Junior Tess Boade led the offensive attack for Duke, leading the team with three shots, including one on goal.
Duke remains home for its next contest, continuing a string of six consecutive contests in the friendly confines of Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils are set to host No. 19 Santa Clara, Saturday evening at 7 p.m. for the second home match of the season. Fans can catch all of the action live on ACC Network Extra.
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