Sometimes the first time is the charm, as Duke’s Schuyler DeBree found out Thursday after scoring a jaw-dropping kick from near midfield 62 minutes into the women’s soccer matchup at Boston College.
The goal helped No. 4 Duke to a 2-1 win, continuing the program’s winning streak of 15-straight victories and matching the school record for conference wins in a season set in 2011, according to GoDuke.com. The win put the women’s team in a tie for fourth for single-season victories in school history.
DeBree, a 5-foot-8 senior from Fair Haven, New Jersey, landed the first goal of her career in the game’s second half, lining up a free kick from near midfield that sailed over the field and goalkeeper Alexis Bryant’s head into the net.
It was a long way back from her disappointing sophomore season, when she tore her ACL at Massachusett’s Newton Campus Soccer Complex, according to the Duke Chronicle.
She did not mean to take the shot to the goal, DeBree told broadcast media after the game, the Chronicle reports. Her plan was to send the ball deep into the box, where her teammates could get a better shot on the goalkeeper.
“She’s been outstanding all year long for us,” Duke head coach Robbie Church told the Chronicle. “To see her score her first college goal, game-winner, back at BC, it was just poetic justice how she has just worked hard for those two years since the injury at this field and turned herself into the quality player that she is now.”
The Blue Devils will head to Syracuse next for a 1 p.m. matchup Sunday. The 2017 regular season game will be livestreamed on ACC Network Extra, accessible through WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.