Duke Advances To Second Round, Win 5-1

Duke jumped to an early lead and never looked back.

Nov. 14, 2008

Courtesy of Radford Athletics

DURHAM, N.C. - Senior McKenzie Vergara (Chester, Va./Thomas Dale) scored a goal and freshman Lisa Lubke (Columbus, Ohio) made 10 saves as Radford battled with No. 14 Duke for 90 minutes, but fell to the Blue Devils, 5-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday evening from Koskinen Field.

With Radford trailing 3-0, the Highlanders (14-2-6) were awarded a free kick about 65 yards from the goal. Freshman keeper Lisa Lubke's (Columbus, Ohio/DeSales) service was flicked into the box by freshman Maryellen Derenda (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park). On a great individual effort, Vergara volleyed the ball from 15 yards over an on rushing Duke (13-5-3) keeper Cassidy Powers for her eighth goal of the season, capping a tremendous four-year career.

Lubke and Derenda first collegiate assist and point helped the Highlanders get within 3-1 at 62:45.

For her career, Vergara totaled 28 goals and 67 points, ranking her tied for fifth and ninth in those respective categories.

"On a well placed service by Lisa and flick by Maryellen, it was a great individual effort by a senior (Vergara) to score her final collegiate goal in the NCAA Tournament," said head coach Ben Sohrabi.

Lubke made some great saves to keep the Highlanders within striking distance. It was her fourth double-figure save mark of the season in which she finished with 112 to go along with a 0.93 goals against average and a .885 save percentage. Saves and GAAare the third best seasons in school history with save percentage being fourth. The saves and save percentage numbers haven't been this high since the late 1980's.

Also, on the defensive side, Radford kept its GAA (0.94) under 1.00 for the first time since 1997. The Highlanders also finish the season with the fewest losses in school history (2).

"It was an exciting night and I was very proud of our team," stated Sohrabi. "Duke is a very good team. This game helps us become stronger team and shows us the level we need to aspire to. It's going to make us better for the future."

Duke jumped on top with two goals in the first 8:18. After a sequence of passes, Kreger was found alone and buried a shot into the upper right corner in the fifth minute. Lorraine Quinn and KayAnne Gummersall assisted on the play.

In the ninth minute, Christie McDonald found Gummersall just inside the box. She spun on the defender and snuck it by Lubke.

Radford had its first chance in the 22nd minute. Junior Jill Boyer (Severn, Md./Old Mill) found a streaking freshman Ashley Johnson (Springfield, Va./South County) down the right. She ripped a shot near post, but Duke keeper Cassidy Powers made a diving save, pushing it wide.

After a foul just outside the box in the 42nd minute by the Highlanders, Elisabeth Redmond drained her free kick from 20 yards out over an outstretched Lubke. The third goal by the Blue Devils marked the first time this season an opponent has scored more than two in a game.

The Blue Devils added a pair of goal in the 68th and 76th minute to make the final margin, 5-1.

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