Cooper, Blue Devils Net, 3-1, Road Win at No. 6 TCU

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Sophomore Michelle Cooper collected a brace on Sunday evening at sixth-ranked TCU to help lead second-ranked Duke women’s soccer to a 3-1 road victory in front of a record crowd of 3,648 fans at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.  

With the victory, the Blue Devils improved to 5-1 on the season and collected their second win against a ranked opponent.  TCU dropped to 3-2-1 on the year.  

   

How It Happened

•    At the 10:25 mark, Duke took a 1-0 lead.  Michelle Cooper grabbed the ball just before midfield and drove all the way down into the box, beating numerous Horned Frogs defenders.  Cooper then slipped the ball in-between TCU goalkeeper Lauren Kellett’s legs for her fourth goal this season and 16th of her career.

•    Blue Devil goalkeeper Ruthie Jones came up big at the 19:31 mark as she made a key save to her left off a shot from TCU’s Olivia Hasler.

•    At the half, TCU held a 7-6 advantage in shots marking the second straight match Duke has been outshot in the first half.

•    Ruthie Jones finished the first half with a season-high three saves and went on to finish the contest with five for the match.

•    Jones started the second half with another key save with her left hand at the 47:07 mark off a TCU shot from Camryn Lancaster. Jones deflected the ball over the top of the goal.

•    Cooper put the Blue Devils ahead, 2-0, at the 53:03 as she beat the TCU keeper to the ball, went around Kellett and had a wide-open net.  

•    Duke caught the Horned Frogs keeper out of the goal again in the 60:08 mark as Cooper played a ball to freshman Devin Lynch, who launched a long feed down the pitch to a streaking freshman Kat Rader.  Rader beat the goalkeeper to the ball and finished easily in the net to put Duke ahead, 3-0.

•    TCU was able to break through in the 68th minute off a corner kick to cut the score to 3-1.  Lauren Memoly found the back of the net.   

•    The Blue Devils finished the match with a 13-12 shot advantage.

Notes

•    Michelle Cooper scored for the fourth straight game and has now collected at least one point in 19-of-23 career matches played.  

•    Cooper now owns three multi-goal games over her career and the first of her sophomore season.

•    Freshman Kat Rader scored her third goal over the last four matches.

•    Duke has scored 14 goals over the last five matches with Cooper back on the field.

•    With her 90 minutes played on the night, graduate student Delaney Graham moved into seventh place on Duke’s all-time minutes played list with 7,327:02 minutes.

•    Freshman Carina Lageyre made her first collegiate start in her third collegiate contest.   

•    With the three goals, Duke has scored in 19 straight matches, which is the fourth-longest streak in school history.

•    After allowing only six corner kicks by opponents over the first five matches, TCU totaled 11 for the contest. Duke had a season-low one corner kick.  

Quotes

“It is a huge, huge win to bounce back.  It is such a funny game.  We had the ball and we were so good on Thursday night against UCLA and we lose the game.  Now, we come here; we don’t have the ball much.  We battled and gutted it out and win 3-1.  This is a crazy sport, but we are very, very happy to have the win the win.” – Duke head coach Robbie Church

Next Match

Duke will return home on Thursday, Sept. 8 to host top-ranked North Carolina at 8 p.m., live on ACC Network from Koskinen Stadium.  

To stay up to date with Blue Devils women’s soccer, follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by searching “https://goduke.com/news/2022/9/4/DukeWSOC”.

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