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Women's Soccer Downs One Top-20 Team, Readies For Another

The Virginia women's soccer team tallied a huge win over the fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils. But they now must prepare for another top-20 match as they face #17 Wake Forest on Friday.

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After a heart-breaking loss to Maryland on Thursday night, one could probably excuse some of the players on the women's soccer team if they were a little down headed into Sunday's match against #4 Duke. Then again, maybe you'd expect them to be even more fired up and hungry for a win.

If you chose the latter option, you'd be right.

Duke outshot Virginia on Sunday night, but that didn't matter as first-year star Makenzy Doniak notched her eighth goal of the season in the 88th minute to send the Blue Devils home with their pointy tails between their legs.

Senior Caroline Miller took a ball from the back field and threaded it perfectly through to Doniak as the first-year ran past the defenders. By the time she got to the ball, Makenzy had only the goalie to beat and she made it look easy putting it in the right side of the net.

The win broke a tie with the Blue Devils for third place in the ACC. The Cavaliers remain in third place with a 3-1-1 conference record. They trail Maryland (4-1-1) and Florida State (4-0-0). Duke falls to fifth place with a 2-2-1 record.

So who is the missing team in the top five?

That would be Wake Forest (3-2-0 ACC) who comes to Klöckner Stadium on Friday at 7pm.

Wake's three wins are over three of the bottom four teams in the conference (Miami, Boston College and Clemson) while their losses are against the top two teams in the conference (FSU, UMd). That makes it a little hard to tell just how good the Demon Deacons are. Regardless, another win by the Cavaliers would solidify their position in the top three of the conference.