WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s been a season of firsts for the Lipscomb women’s soccer team.
The Lady Bisons won their first ASUN regular season title, their first ASUN tournament championship and their first NCAA tournament game with a thrilling victory over Mississippi State last week.
Unfortunately for the Lipscomb, that tournament magic ran out Friday against No. 4 seed Duke.
The Blue Devils outplayed the Lady Bisons in every aspect of the match en route to a 3-0 victory at George Washington University.
Lipscomb goalie Kate Mason was constantly peppered with Duke shots, and the senior made 10 saves.
But Duke’s Tess Boade, Kayla McCoy and Gabi Brummett each found the back of the net by cracking Lipscomb’s back line of Justis Bailey, Logan McFadden and Hailey Eck.
Lipscomb (15-5-2) junior Olivia Doak had a scoring opportunity in the closing seconds of the first half, but Duke keeper Brooke Heinsohn secured the ball before Doak could get a clear attempt on net. Kaitlin Echols eventually registered Lipscomb’s first official shot attempt in the 67th minute.
Doak had Lipscomb’s best scoring chance in 84th minute, but Heinsohn made a juggling save to preserve the shutout. Duke outshot Lipscomb 26-4.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Georgetown’s Shaw Field. However, the D.C. area was hit with 1.5 inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain Thursday, forcing the match to be moved to George Washington University’s artificial turf field.
With the victory, Duke (16-3-2) advanced to the Round of 16 of the Women’s College Cup. The Blue Devils will play the winner of Washington State-Georgetown on Sunday morning.
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