Duke slips by Virginia Tech in double overtime
Blue Devils score game-winner in the 104th minute
September 30, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. - Kelly Hathorn's goal 3:50 into the second overtime period lifted Duke past Virginia Tech, 1-0, in both teams' second Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. Today was the first time in the four-game series between the two schools that Tech sent the game into overtime after being outscored 14-4 in the previous three games. Duke's record now improves to 6-2-2 (1-1 ACC). "We fought so hard today, and we got better today because of that," Head Coach Kelly Cagle said. "This league is going to produce games like today because of how good it is." Hokie goalkeeper Ashley Owens (Greensboro, N.C.) and the defense rebounded from a disappointing 3-1 loss on Thursday to No. 23 Wake Forest, which attempted 16 shots during the game. Duke only had 11 shots through regulation as Owens was eying her fourth shutout of the season. However, Hathorn, with an assist from Jane Alukonis and Elisabeth Redmond, dashed any hopes of the Hokies at least leaving Duke with a tie when she beat Owens on the far post from eight yards out. Owens finished with six saves, one shy of tying her career high. Jessica Varela (Midlothian, Va.) led the Hokies with three shots, two on goal, while Marika Gray (Alexandria, Va.) added a couple of near-misses. Robin Chidester (Virginia Beach, Va.) had the final two shots of the game in the 97th and 98th minute for Tech, with one being blocked by a Duke defender and the other rising high above the goal. "The game came down to us missing a few chances in the flow of the game and Duke capitalizing on their chances at the end," Cagle said. "This is the best Virginia Tech team that we have had, so I know we will win some more games in the ACC, especially with efforts like the one we gave today," Cagle added. The Hokies (4-4-1, 0-2 ACC) will have to refocus as they begin a three-game ACC homestand, with the Miami Hurricanes visiting Blacksburg on Thursday for a 7 p.m. meeting. Tech then hosts Florida State on Sunday at 1 p.m. Miami defeated 2006 NCAA Champion North Carolina 1-0 earlier on Sunday, and Florida State was a semifinalist in the NCAA tournament last season. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for both games to receive a Virginia Tech license plate cover on Thursday and a soccer key chain on Sunday.