DURHAM, N.C. – Freshman midfielder Catherine Cordrey poured in four goals and four other Blue Devils had multiple tallies in a 20-5 victory over Furman Friday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. Duke reached the 20-goal mark for the first time since last year’s season opener to move to 2-0 on the 2017 campaign.
Junior Kyra Harney joined Cordrey in collecting a hat trick on the day, posting three goals and two assists for a team-high five points. Seniors Stuart Humphrey and Hayley Shaffer and sophomore Olivia Jenner finished with two goals each while Jenner also racked up nine draw controls. The Blue Devil squad was also solid defensively, limiting the Paladins to just 13 shots, including only three in the second half.
“I don’t think we were real happy with our first half against Drexel last week,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “We saw what the first half looked like on film and I think we did a really good job today. The main thing we focused on was we need to dictate the pace, and I thought we did that, especially by coming out and getting those first two quick goals.”
Duke jumped out to a quick lead with two scores inside the first minute of action. Furman countered with an Ashley Trice tally and the teams would swap goals over the next 10 minutes before the Blue Devils took off on a 15-0 run that lasted midway through the second half.
Ten different Blue Devils found the back of the net during the run, with Cordrey notching all four of her tallies during that span. Harney and Jenner also added two each, while Duke’s defensive unit, anchored by goalkeepers Jamie Lockwood and Gabbe Cadoux, kept the Paladins off the board for over 32 minutes.
“It’s exciting,” Kimel said of the squad’s 12 different goal scorers on the afternoon. “We’ve worked really hard to try to develop our depth, both offensively as well as through the midfield … We have to use our depth here in the early part of the season so that we can give people the opportunity to get on the field, contribute, gain confidence, create some chemistry and some rhythm with each other. And hopefully that’s something we continue to carry through the season.”
Paige Gamble broke the scoring drought for Furman at the 12:41 mark in the second half and the Paladins would go on to add two more inside the final seven minutes. Blue Devil freshman Sam DeBellis converted at the eight-meter mark, though, to push Duke over the 20-goal mark for the contest.
On the day, the Blue Devils led Furman in shots (34-13), draw controls (21-5) and ground balls (27-14). Senior defender Maura Schwitter totaled six draw controls to go along with two caused turnovers and her second career goal. Junior defender Anne Slusser and Lockwood also notched two caused turnovers each, while Lockwood had four saves in the net.
“[Coach Kimel] said that we really had to come into the game and show our presence on the field and eliminate the silly stick turnovers we had in the Drexel game,” Cordrey said. “We did a good job of that.”
As a team, Duke also limited the Paladins to just one look from the eight meter, which was saved by Lockwood.
Furman featured five different goal scorers and saw Devon Horine account for two assists. The Paladins’ Maggie Friel and Courtney Baker shared time in the net, combining for eight saves.
The Blue Devils face a quick turnaround, hosting Navy Sunday at 11 a.m. at Koskinen Stadium. The contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.