Sportswrap: Football takes road win, women’s soccer falls in North Carolina

Sportswrap is your one-stop-shop for all things Duke athletics, where we’ll recap how each of Duke’s sports currently competes over the past week and provide a brief look ahead. Here’s our recap for the week of September 5-11.


Duke hit the road Saturday to take on Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois. Even after their rout of Temple in the first game of the season, the Blue Devils (2-0) entered the game as 10-point underdogs. However, they had other plans and took a 21-0 lead just seconds into the second quarter. As the Wildcats mounted a strong return effort, a last-second forced fumble on the goal line by Jaylen Stinson secured Duke’s 31-23 victory. The victory was driven by explosive, long-lasting offensive plays like an 81-yard Eli Pancol reception and a 42-yard Jordan Waters touchdown run. The Blue Devils now return home to Wallace Wade Stadium to face North Carolina A&T on Saturday at 6 p.m. -Rachael Kaplan

Women’s football

The No. 3 Blue Devils hosted No. 2 North Carolina on Thursday night for their last of three straight games against the top 10 teams. The local rivals started the game slowly with just two shots on goal in the first 30 minutes, both from players wearing the lighter shade of blue. Unfortunately for Duke (5-2), North Carolina persisted in the second half and took 10 shots in the second half against the Blue Devils. The Tar Heels scored two more goals and closed out the night with a 3-0 win. Duke is looking to rebound in a Sept. 17 game at Syracuse. –Ana Young

men’s football

It took a fight and plenty of nervous moments, but the seventh-ranked Blue Devils dug deep and earned their fourth straight victory Saturday at No. 10 Louisville. Although he conceded his first goal of the year to go down 1-0, goals from sophomores Jai Bean and Shakur Mohammed brought the game back and kept Duke head coach John Kerr and his undefeated team. It wasn’t the cleanest game the Blue Devils (4-0) have played, but a win against a talented conference opponent is nothing to scoff at. Momentum is momentum, after all, especially as a Friday date with rival North Carolina looms. –Andre Long


Duke beat Michigan in four sets Friday night as senior Gracie Johnson had a career-high 28 kills for the outside hitter. The Blue Devils (7-2) came back against Michigan State on Saturday and ultimately emerged victorious in a five-set match that was tough until the very end. Throughout the weekend, a disciplined defense was key to sustaining a gutsy offense that found big swings even when Duke battled against a dominating Wolverine block. With several players injured, some young Blue Devils found more playing time as the team developed depth and proved just how dangerous their entire roster was. It was a great weekend for Duke, and Ohio State will be pleased with the outcome as well. -Lea Boyd

Field hockey

Duke had its first home weekend of the season, opening up on its fresh blue turf and making its debut at Jim Sabiston Fieldhouse ahead of Sunday’s game. The Blue Devils (3-3) played Friday night against Appalachian State, repelling the Mountaineers with a 2-1 overtime win thanks to a solid game from Louisville transfer Charlie van Oirschot. On a rainy Sunday afternoon, however, they fell to William & Mary 2-1. Next weekend, Duke hits the road again, with matchups Friday at Syracuse and Sunday at Colgate. – Suresh Kannoth

male golf

Duke kicked off its fall season with an excellent second-place finish out of 14 teams at the Rod Myers Invitational. Playing with home course advantage at Duke University Golf Club, freshmen William Love and Ethan Evans both started their college careers with 3-under and top-10 results. Duke was beaten in three days of competition by only Alabama, who finished 11 strokes behind the Blue Devils to take first place. The team will look to build on this strong start to the season starting Sept. 19 at the Husky Invitational in Washington. -Robert Miron

The cross country did not compete last week and will return Sept. 16 for the Virginia Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., and the Adidas XC Challenge in Raleigh.

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