"We played well and battled hard tonight," stated Commodore head coach Ronnie Hill. "I am not disapointed in our effort at all tonight. I am just disapointed that Lindaliz Arauz and Jessie Wolfe had to end their Vanderbilt home career on a loss. It was an emotional game for the players, the coaches, everyone. I only wish we could have come out on the winning end."
In the first half both Duke (8-8) and Vanderbilt (7-9) had opportunities, but Commodore keeper Lauren Whitt (Birmingham, Ala.) and Blue Devil keeper Thora Helgadottir kept the game scoreless into the half.
The two goalkeepers continued to keeper both offenses off the board for most of the second half. With just under seven minutes left, Duke's Carly Fuller took a direct kick from just outside the Commodore goal box and fired it into the upper corner to give Duke a 1-0 lead. The Blue Devils continued their pressure and three and a half minutes later a rebound came out of the box to Blue Devil Alison Sanders who converted the rebound for an insurance goal for Duke.
"We feel very fortunate to win," commented Duke head coach and former Vanderbilt head coach Robbie Church. "It was a hard fought game and we were fortuante to get two nice goals. That set piece the goal was big for us because I didn't know how we were going to get a goal and was expecting to go into overtime scoreless."
Overall Duke outshot Vanderbilt 13-7. Whitt made eight saves for the Commodores while Helgadottir made three for Duke to earn the shutout.
Vanderbilt will return to action on Thursday as they begin play at the SEC Tournament in Baton Rouge, La. The Commodores, the No. 8 seed, will face No. 1 seed and five-time defending SEC Tournament champion Florida in the quarterfinal round.
Duke 2, Vanderbilt 0
1 2 F Duke (8-8, 2-5) 0 2 2 Vanderbilt (7-9, 4-5) 0 0 0 Scoring DUKE: Carly Fuller 83:05 DUKE: Alison Sanders 86:29 VU DUKE Shots 7 13 Corner Kicks 3 4 Fouls 17 13 Saves Whitt 8 Helgadottir 3 Offsides 6 1 Cards Y - Fear (84') -- Attendance 276