NSCAATV.com College Soccer Special: Duke vs. Miami (women)
Atlantic Coast Conference women’s soccer will be on display Thursday as No. 15 Duke is set to host Miami as this week’s College Soccer Special from Durham, N.C.
The 7 p.m. contest is the second women’s game of the College Soccer Special series this season of the three scheduled.
The non-conference schedule has come to a close for both teams and the two squads are ready to prove themselves in conference play.
Duke is entering Thursday’s match 3-2-1 after hosting what was arguably the toughest regular season tournament of the year. The Duke Nike Classic pinned the Blue Devils up against some of the top teams in the country. To open tournament play, they fought through double overtime to draw with No. 19 West Virginia 1-1. Duke would go on to end the tournament with a 2-1 loss to previously ranked No. 3 UCLA.
Senior Mollie Pathman netted both of Duke’s tournament goals, both coming from penalty kicks and currently sits as Duke’s leading goal scorer with two on the year.
Miami, on the other hand, is entering the match 5-0 under new head coach Mary-Frances Monroe. So far, the Hurricanes have averaged three goals a game, due in large part to the play of junior forward Ashley Flinn.
Flinn is having a breakout year for the Hurricanes and has had a big hand in the Hurricanes success in the early goings. She has almost matched her career total for goals, racking up six goals on 19 shots, with three goals coming in the form of game-winners.
Miami’s last game against Florida Atlantic was an emotional affair. After scoring an own goal to even the score, the Hurricanes showed their resiliency as Flinn netted the game-winner with 40 seconds left in regulation to put Miami on top 2-1 in dramatic fashion.
Duke is 8-1-1 all-time against Miami, including a 4-0 record against the Hurricanes at home. Last time around, these two programs put on a show, with Miami scoring in the 90th minute to even the score at 2-all, before Duke prevailed in double overtime to win 3-2.
Game time is set for Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. ET on NSCAATV. Thursday's commentators are Dean Linke and Sari Rose.
NSCAATV: Duke vs. Miami (women)
When: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
Location: Durham, NC
Game time: 7 p.m. ET