DURHAM, N.C. — Two first-half goals and a solid defensive effort led No. 4 Duke to a 3-0 victory against Miami on Thursday.
The Blue Devils improved to 10-1 on the season and reached the 10-win mark the quickest of any Duke team in school history.
Duke had a stellar first half and mounted an attack early taking five shots in the opening 14 minutes. All went wide. In the 18th minute, freshman Kelly Cobb and sophomore Mollie Pathman played a give-and-go before Pathman sank a 12-yard shot in the top of the net. Pathman now has three goals this season, including two game-winning scores.
Less than two minutes later, Duke went ahead 2-0 as junior Nicole Lipp found sophomore Kaitlyn Kerr in the midfield before Kerr crossed the ball over to the right side of the box to Cobb. Cobb drove in a little and used her right foot to hit just inside of the right post for her team-leading eighth goal of the season.
No. 7 Wake Forest 2, North Carolina State 1
RALEIGH, N.C. — The first goal of Riley Ridgik’s career came at a good time for No. 7 Wake Forest. Ridgik, a freshman, got on the end of a Jackie Logue free kick in the 70th minute and flicked it into the net from close range to give the Demon Deacons a come-from-behind victory against North Carolina State on Thursday.
Stephanie Bronson had given NC State a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute, lofting a header over the top of Deacon goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe with Alex Berger credited with an assist on the play. It was the first time all season that a Wake Forest opponent had scored first.
Rachel Nuzzolese equalized for Wake Forest in the 36th minute, heading the rebound of a Katie Stengel shot into the net from close range. Marisa Park had set up the play with a strong run down the right.
No. 10 Florida State 6, Clenson 2
CLEMSON, S.C. — Florida State scored early and often as the 10th-ranked Seminoles went on to beat Clenson 6-2 on Thursday night. The Tigers fall to 5-4 (0-2 ACC) with the loss, while the Seminoles improve to 8-3 (1-2 ACC) with the win.
Jessica Price put Florida State on the board early, scoring less than two minutes into the game. The Seminoles scored two more times in the first half, Janice Cayman in the 12th minute and Tiffany McCarty in the 30th minute, to take a 3-0 lead into halftime. McCarty scored her second goal of the day less than a minute into the second half at the 45:39 mark and Tori Huster scored at the 57:19 mark to give the Seminoles a 5-0 lead through 58 minutes of play.
The Tigers fought back, and were able to put a goal on the board at the 58:15 mark. The play began with a shot by sophomore midfielder Vanessa Laxgang which bounced off the hands of Seminole keeper Taylor Vancil. Junior forward Maddy Elder rebounded Laxgang’s shot with a shot of her own, which deflected off a Florida State defender and right to freshman forward Liska Dobberstein, who put the ball in the net from close range.