Illini soccer stuns No. 3 Duke on the road

Illini soccer stuns No. 3 Duke on the road

DURHAM, N.C. — Two minutes, one second.

That’s all the time the Illinois soccer team was willing to let No. 3 Duke  hold onto its lead Sunday afternoon.

After the Blue Devils netted the first goal in the 16th minute, the Illini sprung back and netted two of their own before halftime, then held out defensively to shock a top-three team for the first time since 2012.

The win was the first of the season for the Illini, who dropped both exhibitions as well as their season opener at No. 6 North Carolina on Thursday.

"It was certainly a huge win for the team and for the program," coach Janet Rayfield said.

On the first goal of her career, freshman Makena Silber fired an outside shot in the 18th minute, with a first-career assist from freshman Katelynn Buescher, that pulled the Illini even.

Senior Patricia George's corner kick in the 45th minute then deflected off a Duke player and into the back of the net to help the Illini take a 2-1 advantage into halftime.

Junior goalkeeper Jaelyn Cunningham made four saves, including three in the second half.

"I'm really proud of the fight that we played with all weekend, "Rayfield said. "We fought on both sides of the ball. We fought to create something we we had it and we fought to stop Duke from getting in when they did, and that showed in the results."

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