Blue Devils drop Heartbreaker 3-2 in overtime in Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The second-seeded Duke women’s soccer team dropped a 3-2 heartthrob in double overtime on the road in top-seeded Alabama Friday night in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament at Alabama Soccer Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Blue Devils fought back from a 2-0 deficit in the second half to level the game and send it into overtime, but the Crimson Tide met the eventual game winner in first overtime to gain promotion to the NCAA College Cup. Duke ends his season with a 15-4-3 Ledger.

How it happened
• Alabama went on the attack and took the first five shots of the game, three of which were saved by the Blue Devils senior goaltender Ruthie Jones.
• Student in the first year Kat Rader attempted Duke’s first shot, which Alabama goaltender Mckinley Crone stopped to her right in the 13th minute.
• Rader and Rookie in the last seven minutes of the first half Devin Lynch both attempted shots.
• Alabama beat the Blue Devils 9-3 in the first half.
Olivia Migli tried the first shot of the second half, which narrowly missed the far post at 48:47.
• In the 68th minute, Alabama broke through to take a 1-0 lead when Gianna Ala Paul potted a ball that deflected off Jones and landed off her feet before finding the goal.
• The Crimson Tide went 2-0 up exactly four minutes later when Riley Tanner and Gessica Skorka scored Ashlynn Serepca on goal.
Michelle Cooper made her first shot of the game at the 75-30 mark as a count Delaney Graham found her rushing down the right side of the box. Cooper hit the bottom corner of the goal to give her 18 hits on the season and cut Alabama’s lead to 2-1.
• Just over three minutes later, Cooper added her second goal from assists Elle Piper and wheels.
• Lynch had a great chance at 83-18 when Rader found her at the top of the box, but her attempt sailed just over the bar.
• At the end of regular time, Alabama had a 20-8 lead.
• Rader had an excellent scoring chance to open the first overtime after a great pass from Cooper but Crone made a great save.
• Jones made another big move for the Blue Devils at 96-45 when Ala Paul fired a shot that Jones tipped over the bar to level the score 2-2.
• The Crimson Tide went 3-2 up less than two minutes later when Reyna Ala Reyes found the net from an Alabama corner.
• After the conclusion of the first overtime, Alabama led 23-10 on shots.
Maggie Graham had a shot to the top of the box in the second overtime but it was saved by the Crimson Tide keeper.
• During the game, Alabama held a 26-12 shooting advantage.

Michelle Cooper garnered her seventh multi-goal game of the season and ninth of her career. She released her third multi-goal contest of the 2022 NCAA tournament.
• Cooper finished the season with a school-record 19 goals and 49 points.
• For the game, Ruthie Jones ended with nine saves over 110 minutes of action.
Kat Rader finished her outstanding freshman season with 29 points, which ranked second on the Duke freshman list. Their 12 goals also ranked first in the freshmen list.
• With her four points that night, Cooper owns 78 in two seasons, which ranks 10th on Duke’s all-time points list.
Delaney Graham racked up her fifth career assist in the NCAA tournament and 19th total assist of her career.
• The Blue Devils were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season.

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