Duke 0 – 0 Virginia
In a nerve wracking and exciting match, Duke and Virginia were unable to be separated after one hundred and ten thrilling minutes, finishing in a scoreless draw. The home side might consider themselves especially unfortunate after freshman star Kelly Cobb smashed the bar twice in the latter portions of the match. On the whole, Duke’s finishing on the evening left a lot to be desired, with only four of their twenty attempts on the evening finding the target, making the job a little easier for Virginia keeper Chantel Jones. Cobb was still a massive presence for Duke though, with eight shots, including those two that rang off the bar. While some may note that Duke was shutout for only the second time on the season, it’s also worth noting that the Blue Devils were also successful in shutting down Virginia’s prolific attack, though they needed another strong performance from keeper Tara Campbell. Duke’s title hopes are still very much alive, but they need to pick up all three points against Virginia Tech on Sunday to stay in a position of strength in the ACC.
Virginia might’ve gotten a bit lucky with Cobb hitting the bar twice, but it was still a hard fought battle with the Cavs deserving of escaping with a point. UVA had eight shots on goal, with Caroline Miller and Morgan Brian combining for seven of those. The visitors didn’t exactly silence the Duke attack (they did have twenty shots after all) but did just enough to keep them off the board, which isn’t something a lot of other teams can claim this year. Chantel Jones continues to have an excellent season, and this display was encouraging considering they’ve got another tough test ahead of themselves on Sunday afternoon against Wake Forest. The schedule for the Cavs eases up considerably after the next two matches, meaning Virginia could be in a pretty good position if they can pick up points against Wake and Florida State next week. The Cavs may be dodging a bullet as far as fatigue is concerned for Sunday’s match. While Virginia did end up going to extra time in this one, so did Wake against Virginia Tech, meaning the Cavs shouldn’t be at any great disadvantage fatigue-wise.