DURHAM, N.C. – Shutout for just the third time this season, No. 16 Florida State (9-3-0, 4-2-0 ACC) was defeated 2-0 on the road by No. 4 Duke (13-1-0, 6-0-0 ACC) on a cloudy and rainy Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
The 2-0 loss also marked the first time the Seminoles faced a two-goal deficit since the 2015 College Cup semifinal against Duke on December 4.
“We lost to a very good team today,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “It makes it challenging when you are playing a good team and concede a goal early and have to work hard to try and get back. I think in the second half, our kids came out with continued fight and resilience. We know that we are young team and this was a great test for us. We’re going to walk away learning a lot of lessons and we’ll be better for it later on.”
Duke quickly took a 1-0 lead in the third minute on a goal by Ella Stevens. After Chelsea Burns and Imani Dorsey brought the ball down the left side, Stevens received the ball near the middle of the box and her shot bounced off the far post and into the net for her third goal of the season.
It was the first goal allowed by Florida State in 292:47 of match time, dating back to a second-half goal at Louisville on September 21.
The Blue Devils made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute as Dorsey started a counterattack through the midfield and passed it out to Kayla McCoy on the left. The junior hit a shot that was stopped by FSU’s Cassie Miller, but she couldn’t secure the ball and Dorsey continued her run and put away the rebound.
One of the best scoring chances in the first half for Florida State came in the 41st minute as Olivia Bergau slipped a pass into Adrienne Richardson at the top of the penalty box. The freshman moved around her defender to create space, but her shot was blocked by another Duke defender.
FSU nearly found its first goal of the match early on in the second half as a combination play near the top of the box between Gloriana Villalobos and Kaycie Tillman worked the ball into the penalty box, and after a challenge by Duke defenders, the ball bounced out to Clara Robbins on the right, but her shot was just wide of the left post in the 47th minute.
Duke allowed the Seminoles to hold a significant margin in possession in the second half, dropping five players into its backline, but FSU unable to find many cracks in the defense to create quality scoring chances down the stretch.
One of the best opportunities came in the 80th minute as Robbins again worked herself free on the right, sending a shot on goal that required a diving save by Duke’s EJ Proctor to keep out of the net.
Robbins again took a shot in 88th minute after a long ball by Taylor Hallmon and a drop pass by Richardson gave her the ball near the penalty spot, but her shot was high of the net.
Overall, Duke outshot FSU 9-8 and had a 3-1 advantage in corners.
The Seminoles continue their three-game road trip next week with matches at No. 9 Florida (11-2-0) on October 12 and at No. 15 Wake Forest (9-2-2, 3-1-1 ACC) on October 15. The annual Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown match with the Gators will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on the SEC Network+. The Noles and Demon Deacons will play in Winston-Salem, N.C. at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, with the game shown live on ACC Network Extra.