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No. 4 Duke Narrowly Bests Eagles 2-1

No. 4 Duke edges BC, 2-1, on Newton Soccer Field for its 15th straight win.

Duke defender Schuyler DeBree lofted a rainbow-like free kick–from 45 yards–over BC GK Alexis Bryant in the 62nd minute to score what would be the game-winning goal. The Blue Devils improve to 15-1 on the season, and are now 7-0 in ACC play.

Despite outshooting Duke, 18-13, and taking seven corner kicks compared to Duke's five, BC could not keep the Devils from narrowly escaping Newton with the win to maintain their perfect ACC record. But the Eagles pushed the Blue Devils until the bitter end.

"I thought a lot of things went really well. We kept the ball really well; I thought we defended collectively really well. I thought we posed [Duke] tons of problems. They couldn't get out of the blue line...they couldn't find many options," said BC head coach Alison Foley.

In the opening minutes, however, Duke led the Eagles around in a chase that featured an early goal just under four minutes in to put the Blue Devils on the board, 1-0. Imani Dorsey's speed beat the BC back line at the top of the box to feed a wide open Taylor Racioppi on the right side for the easy put away.

But then BC (9-7, 3-4-1 ACC) turned the table and found its own momentum. Perhaps ignited by Duke's early score, BC countered by creating multiple scoring chances and maintaining productive ball movement around Blue Devil shirts, taking seven shots compared to Duke's three in the proceeding 20 minutes.

With under 13 minutes left in the first, BC redshirt senior Lauren Berman was fouled just outside the top of Duke's defensive box, leading to a BC kick. Freshman Sam Coffey then converted the equalizer for the Eagles on the kick, pinning a shot in the lower left corner of the net to notch her fifth goal of the season.

The Eagles continued to keep Duke at its own blue line in the second, creating numerous scoring opportunities with one corner after another, but to no avail. In the end, BC couldn't quite capitalize on the offensive chances, with no conversions coming from one of BC's seven total corners.

"We needed to be a little sharper on our corners. We had seven corners – that is enough to score at least one [goal] in my mind and in our team's mind," lamented Foley. "You outshoot and you out-corner a top team – or any team – you expect some of those to be converted."

Up next, BC will play its final home game of the season against No.12 Virginia on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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