Nov. 22, 2008

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The 15th-ranked and third-seeded Duke women's soccer team downed 11th-ranked and second-seeded Virginia on Saturday, 2-0, to advance to the NCAA College Cup Elite Eight for the second straight year.

Junior KayAnne Gummersall scored the game-winning goal in the 16th minute, while junior Elisabeth Redmond added another goal in the 64th minute to seal the victory for the Blue Devils.  Senior goalkeeper Cassidy Powers registered her ninth shutout of the season as she posted three saves.  Her nine shutouts matches Duke's single season record.

For the game, Virginia outshot Duke, 15-4.

Last year, Duke advanced to the Elite Eight before falling, 3-2, at Notre Dame. Duke will next play the winner of the UCLA/Southern California match that is going on at this moment.

Duke Head Coach Robbie Church Postgame Quotes

“The first goal changed the complexion of the game. They were sharp early and we got them; it really changed the whole momentum of the game.”

“Our midfielders didn’t give them good looks. They made them move the ball more east/west instead of north/south.”

“We wanted to force them into taking more long balls. They (UVa) are much better with shorter balls and out back-forwards were phenomenal in making them do just that.”