Sportswrap: Soccer goes 3-0, men’s soccer draw at home to 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 12-18.


Duke continued their wins Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium, taking the lead 15 seconds into their matchup against visiting North Carolina A&T and piling it up for a 49-20 win. It was much the same for the Blue Devils (3-0), who got an effective performance from sophomore quarterback Riley Leonard and won the turnover battle again. Now the Blue Devils head west to Lawrence, Kansas for a battle of undefeated teams against a surprising team from Kansas. -Jonathan Levitan

Women’s football

The No. 3-ranked Blue Devils triumphantly opened their conference road season on Friday against Syracuse, winning 1-0 in a head-to-head showdown. That success didn’t come without patience for Duke (6-2, 1-0 in the ACC), as it wasn’t until the 89th minute that junior midfielder Maggie Graham scored the lone goal for the match on a head. Duke next takes on Boston College on Thursday night at Koskinen Stadium before wrapping up its week Sunday at NC State. –Ana Young

men’s football

The No. 5 Duke came away with a 1-1 draw after Friday’s meeting with North Carolina. Junior defender Amir Daley, playing winger, scored the only goal for the Blue Devils in the 10th minute with help from midfielders Ruben Mesalles and Nick Pariano. Three seconds later, North Carolina scored its goal almost directly from the kickoff. Despite an obvious lack of goals, the rest of the game was as tense as a Tobacco Road rivalry game should be. The Tar Heels had 17 fouls, Duke (4-0-1, 1-0-1) had 12, and each team received two yellow cards on the field, as well as one given to the Blue Devil bench . On Tuesday, Duke meets Elon on the road before ending the week Saturday against Boston College. –Sasha Richie


The Blue Devils continued their winning streak with home wins over Winthrop and Harvard on their final non-conference weekend of the season. Duke (9-2) beat Winthrop 3-1 in Thursday’s game with Lizzie Fleming and Rachel Richardson combining for 26 kills. On Saturday, Duke played again at Cameron Indoor Stadium and swept Harvard. Freshman Taylor Atkinson was the star of the game, leading Duke in eliminations and aces. The Blue Devils win over Harvard was their ninth in a row, good for their longest streak since the 10-game winning streak of 2014. Duke begins its conference slate on the road Friday against Syracuse and closes its weekend Sunday at Boston College . – Suresh Kannoth

Field hockey

It was another weekend where the No. 18 Duke had a win and a loss. On Friday, Duke (4-4, 0-1) traveled to Syracuse to face 10th-ranked Orange. Syracuse beat the Blue Devils 5-1, the same scoreline as Duke lost to Syracuse in the ACC Quarterfinals a season ago. Duke stayed in New York to face Colgate for the very first time on Sunday, arriving with a sense of urgency and leading to a 10-1 win over the Raiders. Duke will face Boston College and James Madison University at home next weekend in games on Friday and Sunday, respectively. -Kannoth

Cross country

It’s been another impressive week for the Blue Devils, who finished second in both men’s and women’s at Friday’s Virginia Invitational. On the men’s side, senior Zach Kinne led the four Duke riders who finished in the top 10, followed closely by Chris Theodore, Nick Dahl and Matyas Csiki-Fejer. On the women’s side, Emily Cole, Ashlyn Ramos and Karly Forker took the places 8-10, with Anna Corcoran and Katie Hamilton rounding out the scoring. At the Adidas XC Challenge in Raleigh, second Beck Wittstadt grabbed 10th place to open his season. It’s the second week in a row the Blue Devils have finished first or second, but a tougher test awaits Sept. 30 at the Paul Short Invitational in Lehigh. –Andre Long

female golf

Entering their fall slate, the Blue Devils finished tied for fourth in the 12-team ANNIKA Intercollegiate. Phoebe Brinker, with improved corner play and her usual length off the tee, led the way for Duke at -6, finishing fourth individually solo. Andie Smith, making his rookie debut, was impressive with a second-round 69 en route to a tie for 27th, while Erica Shepherd, Anne Chen and Rylie Heflin finished solo 12th, tied for the 41st and tied for 47th, respectively. The Blue Devils now have a roughly two-week break before the start of the Windy City Collegiate Classic on October 3. -Max Rego

women’s tennis

The Blue Devils opened their fall season over the weekend, with grad Georgia Drummy and second Ellie Coleman parting ways with the rest of the team for a trio of games on Friday at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic. Coleman won in singles while Drummi retired in the first set, but the pair combined for a doubles win over the Purdue duo. Meanwhile, the rest of the squad traveled to Furman, SC, for the Debbie Southern Fall Classic, where the Blue Devils largely struggled on the singles side but found success in doubles – Chloe Beck’s duo and transfer graduate Cameron Morra won the double. Flight 1 Championship with a victory on Saturday against rival North Carolina. Next up is the ITA All-American from October 1-9. -Levitan

men’s tennis

Duke put on a strong performance over the weekend at the Duke James Bonk Invitational and the Milwaukee Tennis Classic. Niroop Vallabhaneni beat two opponents en route to a quarter-final in this final event, where he fell to VCU’s Matisse Bobichon. In the Bonk Invitational, Andrew Dale and Andrew Zhang teamed up for an impressive doubles streak, reaching the final in their draw before losing 7-5 to Miami’s Dan Martin and Juan Jalif. Zhang also played in singles, winning three matches en route to a finals appearance against Martin. -Robert Miron

Soft ball

Beginning their fall season with a game against North Carolina on the road, the Blue Devils picked up a 5-2 victory with the strong starts of freshmen Cassidy Curd and Kairi Rodriguez. Curd pitched three innings while Rodriguez made a perfect 3-for-3 at home plate. After not facing each other in the spring, Duke (1-0) flexed his muscles on the Tar Heels after reaching the NCAA Super Regionals in 2022 with the new season just months away. Next on the Blue Devils slate is a Sept. 25 home game against Appalachian State. -Micah Hurewitz

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