DURHAM, N.C. – In their first-ever meeting, No. 12/15 Duke edged the Bucknell women's soccer team, 2-0, Friday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
The Blue Devils (2-1) came out strong, building a 15-2 edge in shots during the first half. But the Bison (0-3) held fast, preventing Duke, their second ACC opponent of the young season, from capitalizing on 10 corner-kick opportunities through strong defensive play.
The Blue Devils, who a year ago went 15-5-3 (7-2-1 ACC) and reached the NCAA tournament quarterfinals, broke through in the final minute of the opening half. After Chelsea Burns drew a penalty kick, she capitalized, firing a low shot into the right corner of the net.
In the 52nd minute, Duke extended its advantage to 2-0 when Imani Dorsey took a feed from Kayla McCoy and found the right corner of the net from nine yards out.
Bison goalkeeper Dani Kaufman, who made eight saves in her debut against Syracuse and followed that up with a 13-save outing against Saint Joseph's, finished with six saves. Brooke Heinsohn and E.J. Proctor combined to make two saves to seal the Blue Devils' first shutout victory of 2017.
Duke finished the match with advantages in shots (29-3) and corner kicks (11-0). Ella Stevens led the way with seven shots while 13 other Blue Devils recorded at least one.
The defending Patriot League champions continue their first road swing of the 2017 campaign by taking on William & Mary (3-0) on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Williamsburg, Va. The game will be streamed live on TribeAthletics.com.