Oct. 27, 2013
DURHAM, N.C.—Duke scored all six of its goals in the first half as it registered a 6-3 win over the Pitt women’s soccer team Sunday before an announced crowd of 925 at Koskinen Stadium. The loss drops Pitt to 4-13-1 overall and 0-12-0 in the ACC, while Duke improves to 8-6-4 overall and 5-4-3 in the ACC.
Despite giving up six goals in the first half, Pitt rallied back with three unanswered scores of its own in the second half. The Panthers first struck in the 81st minute as they pressured the Blue Devils into knocking in a ball into their own goal. Pitt scored again three minutes later at the 84:31 mark when freshman Siobhan McDonough knocked in a perfect crossing pass from junior Dana DelleFemine. Then, the game’s final minute, DelleFemine scored her second goal of the year when she received a pass from freshman Ella Vanhanen and placed it into the goal’s top left corner.
Pitt head coach Greg Miller was pleased with his team’s second half performance after watching his team give up six first half goals, a Pitt opponent season-high.
“I challenged them at halftime that we had to be a different team,” Miller said. “I thought the second half was much better. We did well. We get a lucky own goal, putting the ball into their backline with pressure. Then, we did a great job getting the ball to Dana, Siobhan had a deep run, Dana found her and she finished the play. It was all effort on Siobhan’s part. The last goal was great, Ella dribbled inside and found Dana and Dana had a brilliant finish. From that standpoint, I’m pleased with the response. Our effort was much much better. It was too little too late; you can’t spot someone six goals and expect to bounce back, but I’m glad we were able to challenge.”
“Taylor Francis had a good second half. She made some great saves and continually punched the ball out of traffic. Siobhan had another great game. She consistently battles and it’s great to see.”
Cary, N.C. native and freshman goalkeeper Taylor Francis tied a career-high with seven saves in the contest.
Duke was led by Kaitlyn Kerr (one assist) and Kelly Cobb (two assists), who each scored two goals apiece. Laura Weinberg and Malinda Allen each added a goal. Cobb scored the Blue Devils’ first goal in the game’s third minute when she received a breakaway pass from Kim DeCesare and fired a shot into the goal’s left corner. Weinberg gave Duke a 2-0 lead in the 13th minute after receiving a pass from Cobb. Kerr put Duke up 3-0 in the 18th minute on a one-time cross from the left side, which was assisted by Toni Payne and Cobb.
Duke outshot Pitt 31-6, including 24-2 in the first half. Duke finished with 12 corner kicks.
Pitt has one more regular season match remaining at Maryland on Thursday, Oct. 31.