NEWTON, Mass. – An absolute stunning goal from an unlikely source was the difference Thursday night, as Schuyler DeBree tallied her first-career goal from near midfield to propel the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils (15-1-0, 8-0-0 ACC) to a 2-1 victory at Boston College (9-7-1, 3-4-1 ACC).
With the win, the Blue Devils increase their program record winning streak to 15-straight victories and improve to 8-0-0 in the conference, matching the school record for conference wins in a season set in 2011.
Thursday’s victory also moved the Blue Devils up to a tie for fourth for single-season victories in school history. The 15 victories are the most since earning 22 in 2011 and put the Blue Devils two away from a tie for second. “This was a typical ACC game,” head coach Robbie Church said. “I thought at times we were good, but you have to give credit to Boston College. They came out and played very hard, pressed us and kept possession. We created a number of opportunities but didn’t do a great job finishing. We just gutted out a tough win on the road and I’m proud of this team for that.”
It didn’t take long for the Blue Devils to make some noise, as Duke took a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of play thanks to Taylor Racioppi. The junior took a beautiful pass from Imani Dorsey and slid it past the keeper to put the Blue Devils ahead, marking the second-quickest goal of the year.
The Eagles turned on the pressure and eventually broke through at the 32:14 mark, as Sam Coffey buried a free kick from just outside the 18’ to the left side of goal. Both sides would earn a couple chances, but the match would go into the half tied up after the first 45.
Duke was able to put two shots on the goal in the early stages on the second half, forcing the hand of the BC goalie. Then came the 62nd minute, when DeBree lined up for a free kick from near midfield and sailed it over the head of the keeper and into goal for the first score of her career, making it 2-1 Duke.
There would be several chances late in the contest for the Blue Devils to add to their lead, as twice Ella Stevens would cross into the box for Dorsey, one sailing just wide and the other saved. BC had several opportunities of its own, including a possession inside the 6’ box in the final 10 seconds, but could not capitalize as Duke held on for the 2-1 victory.
Duke captured victory despite being outshot 18-13, although the Blue Devils had eight shots on goal to BC’s five. Duke is now 3-0-0 when losing the shots battle.
The Blue Devils remain on the road to finish out the 2017 regular season, heading to Syracuse on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET and will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
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