DURHAM, N.C. - Three first-half goals powered top-seeded No. 3 Duke past Radford, 5-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament at Koskinen Stadium.
Goalkeeper Che' Brown entered the game in the second half and came up big in her first NCAA appearance. On Duke's first two shots on goal, Brown came up with diving stops and later made a huge diving stop to the far post on a blast from Nicole Lipp to highlight her six saves in the second half.
Radford's (15-6-1) best chance came from senior Maryellen Derenda who lofted a shot from the right side across the box, but hit the farside post.
The Highlanders had their advances, but were called offside three times.
Kaitlyn Kerr chipped a shot over Radford keeper Lisa Lubke from a side angle into the left net to get the Blue Devils on the board in the ninth minute. Lubke made three stops in her half of defending the net.
Kerr returned in the 34th minute to net her second goal of the game. Duke would add three more goals to finalize the scoring.
In the first half, Radford had a promising break on a give-and-go with Big South Tournament MVP Sahar Aflaki and Julie Ruh'e, however, an oncoming swarm of three Blue Devils surrounded Ruh'e before she could put up a shot just before the 18-yard box.
Duke (18-3-1) held the commanding edge in shots, 25-1 and in corners 10-0. The Blue Devils will face Georgia in the next round.
- This game marked the fifth NCAA appearance for Radford and second against a Duke squad.
- The Highlanders finished the season with its fourth Big South Championship, the most in league history.