NCAA Women's Soccer ACCtion: Sunday, December 4

Dec. 4, 2011

Duke Falls to Stanford 1-0 in NCAA Championship

KENNESAW, Ga. - In the first appearance in the NCAA College Cup final since 1992, the No. 1 seeded and third-ranked Duke women's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to top-ranked Stanford on Sunday at the KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga.

The Blue Devils had their record-breaking season come to an end with a 22-4-1 overall record, while Stanford won its first NCAA Championship and finished the year with a 25-0-1 mark.

Duke and Stanford featured a scoreless first half that saw Stanford hold a 7-5 shot advantage. The Cardinal attempted the first four shots of the match before junior Nicole Lipp and sophomore Laura Weinberg took the next three shots for the Blue Devils. Late in the first half, Stanford had the best scoring chance of the half as Teresa Noyola fired an attempt at the far right of the goal, but Duke junior goalkeeper Tara Campbell was able to get her hand on the ball and tip it over the crossbar.

In the second half, the first shot came off the head of Stanford's Noyola as Camille Levin sent a cross in from the right side to the back post and Noyola was there to head in her ninth goal of the season to give the Cardinal a 1-0 lead at the 52:43 mark.

The Blue Devils would not hold their heads down as Weinberg and sophomore Mollie Pathman each came back to produce shots.