Old Dominion takes down Duke
Monarchs’ Nearhouse broke tie with a score at 62:40
NORFOLK, Va. -- Sophomore forward Kati Nearhouse scored with less than eight minutes remaining to give Old Dominion (22-2) a 2-1 against Duke (14-8) and advanced to next weeks' NCAA semifinals.
With a crowd of 463 looking on, the two teams battled to a 0-0 halftime score with just one shot on goal and one penalty corner for each.
In the second half, ODU got on the board first six minutes in as senior Rebecca Condie scored on a rebound off a penalty corner shot with the assist to senior Kathryn Kirk.
Duke came back with the equalizer by Mary Nielsen with a tip in in front of the goal off a penalty corner. The assist went to Rhian Jones.
The game winner came at the 62:40 mark as Nearhouse tipped in freshman Kelsey Smither's pass into the left side of the cage.
"I was just in the right place, and the right time. It was exciting, but it wouldn't have happened without the whole team. All I did was tip it in," Kati Nearhouse said.
ODU outshot Duke, 9-4 as the Blue Devils goalkeeper Samantha Nelson had four saves, and ODU's Devon Seifert came up with two.
The will be the Lady Monarchs 17th trip to semifinals, the last being in 2005. ODU's nine NCAA titles is more than any other program.