DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke received an early goal from striker Ali Curtis and added two more in the second half as the Blue Devils handled Maryland, 3-0, yesterday in a meeting of two highly ranked Atlantic Coast Conference schools at Koskinen Stadium.
Maryland, No. 1 in the National Coaches Association of America and Soccer America polls, had won six consecutive games, including the previous five by shutout. The Terps are 6-2 overall and 2-1 in the ACC. The Blue Devils, ranked fifth and 13th, respectively, improved to 5-0-2, 1-0-1 in the league.
"Maryland is a very strong team," Duke coach John Rennie said. "It's a classic case of they're No. 1 and it's just another game, but the other team has a lot more motivation. We played our best overall game of the season."
In the eighth minute, Duke's Adam Guren sent a corner kick into the penalty area, where it was cleared by the defense. Peter Gail intercepted and pushed a pass forward to Curtis, who netted his eight goal of the season to make it 1-0 at the 7: 43 mark.
With Maryland pushing forward at the beginning of the second half, Curtis started a quick counterattack, making a run before finding Scott Noble at the top of the box. He passed across the 18-yard-line, where Demetrio Sanchez nailed a shot on the first touch for a 2-0 advantage at 46: 45.
With Maryland trying to mount an attack, Kevin Sakuda sent a through ball to Noah Lewkowitz for a breakaway. As Terps goalkeeper Christian Lewis advanced, Lewkowitz beat him with an easy, low shot 18 yards into the left corner at the 73: 00 mark.