Coming for Duke
Leading into the NCAA Tournament, Siena women’s soccer had conceded three goals all season on its way to winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
How did an Arizona State team handle the task of a tough defense? The Sun Devils scored four goals en route to winning their first-round matchup of the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona State also shutout Siena, handing them their first loss of the season in a 4-0 win for the Devils.
Unsurprisingly, Nicole Douglas was the first to find the back of the net. The Sun Devils’ leading goal scorer happened to be in the right spot at the right time.
Olivia Nguyen sent in a pass to Eva Van Deursen to the center of the box, and her shot was deflected and bounced right to Douglas. The English forward sent in it to put the Sun Devils up in the ninth minute.
Big time player. Big time game.
Dougie gets us started
— Sun Devil Soccer (@SunDevilSoccer) April 28, 2021
The early goal seemed to be the confidence boost Arizona State needed. In the last three game before the tournament, the Sun Devils didn’t score a goal in any of them.
On Wednesday, the attack never stopped, leading to 24 shots, 10 that were on goal and six corner kicks.
Freshman Lucy Johnson starred on those corner set pieces. In the 61st minute, she took in a quick pass from Alexia Delgado. Johnson kept dribbling toward the box until she launched a shot off her left foot that curled into the top left corner for her first career goal.
Eight minutes later, Johnson and Delgado started the set piece the same way. However, this time Johnson sent in a high-arching cross.
Olive Jones went high above Siena keeper Leslie Adams to get her head on it. The ball floated on the line and Sun Devil defender Lieske Carleer sent it in for good measure.
Late in the contest, Cori Sullivan put the cherry on top for the day. She scored in the 88th minute.
Arizona State goalie Giulia Cascapera didn’t have a lot of action, as Siena only put one shot on goal that she saved. Johnson and Jessica Hale didn’t allow much on the outside and limited space for any opportunities.
Siena’s Jayanna Monds had a nice look in the 48th minute in what could’ve been the equalizer at the time. Instead, the shot inside the box was deflected by Callie Darst, who had raced over to block it.
The Sun Devils will now face ninth-seeded Duke on Saturday. The Blue Devils played in both the fall and spring. They have only played five games since March, but are well-tested.
Duke played No. 5 West Virginia — lost 3-2 on March 27 — and drew with No. 16 Vanderbilt on April 11. It will be another 9:00 a.m MT/12:00 p.m. ET start and the contest can be seen on ESPN3.
This story will be updated with quotes as they come available