DURHAM, N.C. – A pair of first-half goals and yet another dominant defensive performance led the fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils (13-1-0, 6-0-0 ACC) to their 13th-straight victory, as they recorded a 2-0 victory against No. 16 Florida State (9-3-0, 4-2-0 ACC) Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
“To get a special win like this is great,” head coach Robbie Church said. “Our players and staff did a great job preparing for this one. There are so many positives we can take away from this game, but just to be able to step out, play a team like Florida State and get the win is always a great feeling.”
It was not just Duke’s 13th-straight win, but also secured a 6-0-0 start in ACC play, marking the best start to conference action in school history. The previous best was a 5-0-0 start in 1997. Sunday’s win also improved Duke to 6-1-5 at home against Florida State and marked its first win at home against the Seminoles since the 2011 season.
EJ Proctor led the ninth Blue Devil clean sheet of the year and her seventh on the season, moving her career total to 28. She is now two behind Tara Campbell (2009-12) for third most shutouts in school history. Proctor and the Blue Devils have shutout five of their six ACC foes, which is tied for the fifth most in the program record book.
“You could see it in EJ today, that ‘nobody is going to score on me’ look,” Church said. “She was great on corner kicks, came out and controlled the box. She was big time today and all year. She’s had a wonderful year for us and we’re going to need her as we continue to go forward.”
Duke wasted no time in getting things started Sunday, as the Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead at the 2:37 mark, registering their quickest goal of the season thanks to sophomore Ella Stevens. Imani Dorsey took a pass from Chelsea Burns and sent a cross into the box to Stevens, who put her shot off the right post and into the back of the net for the score.
Dorsey tallied the day's second goal in the 22nd minute, as she slammed one home on the rebound of a Kayla McCoy attempt. The senior's team-leading ninth goal of the 2017 campaign gave Duke a 2-0 advantage that it would take all the way to the house for its fourth ranked victory of the season.
The Blue Devils won a tight shots battle, 9-8, with four of those coming on target. Sunday's contest was a physical one as well, as each side recorded eight fouls and three yellow cards being handed out.
Next up for Duke is the 2017 regular-season home finale on Sunday, Oct. 15. The Blue Devils host Miami at noon for the senior day showdown. The match will be broadcasted on RSN and live streamed on the ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
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