Sept. 5, 2009

Courtesy of Duke

Despite a hat-trick by senior tri-captain Amie Survilla, Duke could not keep Drexel from coming back to beat the Blue Devils 4-3 in overtime in front of a large crowd at Buckley Field. Carolina Gibernau scored the game-winning goal in the 75th minute to give Drexel the win over 10th-ranked Duke.

“Give credit to Drexel, they played incredibly hard and they took full advantage of their opportunities,” coach Beth Bozman said. “I don’t think we were particularly sharp in any aspect of our game today.”

The Blue Devils got out to an early lead, with a goal in the second minute from Survilla off of a penalty corner. Survilla scored again in the 15th minute off of a well placed shot assisted by junior forward Susan Ferger. Survilla netted her final goal in the 20th minute, off a rebound from her own shot.

With a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes, it looked like Duke would cruise to a victory but it wasn’t to be. The Blue Devils took a huge blow when senior tri-captain Lauren Miller injured her hand in the first half. Miller stayed on the field but had to switch from her normal defensive position and was limited due to her injury.

“It took her [Miller] out of her game where she wasn’t as vocal and we needed other people to step up into that leadership role,” coach Bozman said.

The Blue Devils struggled the rest of the game with their defensive leader hurt. Drexel scored a goal in the 45th minute to get on the scoreboard. Only minutes later, the Dragons scored again off of a penalty corner at the 48:52 mark to narrow the Blue Devil’s lead to one.

In the 63rd minute, Drexel was able to tie the score at three with a goal by Gibernau to send the game into overtime.

Duke moves to 2-1 on the year and Drexel remains undefeated at 3-0. The Blue Devils took nine penalty corners to the Dragons seven. Drexel outshot Duke 15-13 and recorded two more saves (6-4).

The Blue Devils are back in action right away against St. Joseph’s, tomorrow at 2 p.m. on Buckley Field at Drexel.