CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Makenzy Doniak’s goal in the 88th minute broke a scoreless draw and gave No. 7 Virginia a 1-0 win against No. 4 Duke on Sunday in front of 1,589 fans at Klöckner Stadium.
The win was the first ranked win of the season for the Cavaliers (10-2-1), while the Blue Devils (8-3-1) suffered their second road loss to a top-five team.
“Games like these are what the ACC is all about,” head coach Steve Swanson said. “We played well, especially defensively, and shutout one of the highest scoring teams in the nation in Duke. As they pushed more people forward late in the game, we felt like we could attack them on the counter. We took advantage of that situation with a great pass by Caroline [Miller] and a great finish by Makenzy.”
The first half was even with each team totaling seven shots. It marked the third consecutive game between the Cavaliers and Blue Devils that went scoreless into intermission.
The game remained 0-0 into the final 10 minutes as the teams continued to trade chances, but neither able to find the back of the net. Virginia nearly took the lead in the 81st minute with Kate Norbo’s header off a corner kick, but it was saved off the line by a Duke defender.
The Cavaliers scored the game’s lone goal with just under three minutes to play. Caroline Miller took a clearance by the Virginia defense and started a counterattack. She dribbled past midfield before threading a through ball to Doniak who dribbled into the box and slotted home her eighth goal of the season. It was her third game-winning goal of her rookie campaign.
“Caroline gave me a great ball through,” said Doniak. “I had already started my run and she gave me the perfect ball to my feet. I saw the goalie come off her line and was able to slip it past her. It was a great feeling to score a goal that gave our team such an important win.”
The Blue Devils outshot the Cavaliers 19-14 and had a 4-3 corner-kick advantage. Danielle DeLisle made four saves to post her third shutout of the season in goal for Virginia. Tara Campbell made five saves at the other end for Duke.