Dores Drop Sunday Battle

Vandy falls to No. 5 Duke

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Squaring off with No. 5 Duke in a tough nonconference battle, the Vanderbilt soccer team fell 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex. 

Vanderbilt (1-2-1) battled all day long with the ACC opponent, going toe-to-toe with the Blue Devils (4-0-0) on a hot day with temperatures in the 90s.

“Credit to Duke and the game they played,” Vanderbilt head coach Darren Ambrose said. “We really battled and got to see our players in some pressure situations. Games against quality opponents like this get us ready for SEC play.”

The game went back and forth until the 53rd minute when a foul in the box gave the Blue Devils a penalty kick. Tess Boade converted the opportunity to give the visitors a 1-0 edge. 

Just more than 10 minutes later, Duke’s Michelle Cooper slotted a through ball to Mackenzie Pluck who finished to make it 2-0. 

Vanderbilt created chances throughout the game but just missed on capitalizing. In the 13th minute, Amber Nguyen played a ball into space for Raegan Kelley who cut back and fired a shot just high. 


In the closing minutes of the first half, Ella Shamburger had another chance that sailed high to keep the game knotted at 0-0 going into the half. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Kate Devine came up with a number of key plays to keep her side in the game. She made a diving play on a through ball in the 10th minute to prevent a Duke scoring opportunity. 

Devine’s day also included a sprawling kick save on a breakaway with 27 minutes to go in the second half. The Brentwood native posted five stops on the day. 



The next game on the schedule for the Commodores is against Southern Illinois at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex. 


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