Duke women’s soccer falls to Penn State 1-0 in title game

The end of the huddle saying goodbye to the seniors after the game in Cary on Sunday. Photo by Duke University.

CARY, N.C. (AP) – Raquel Rodriguez scored in the 72nd minute to lead Penn State to a 1-0 victory over Duke on Sunday in the NCAA women’s soccer final.

The Nittany Lions (22-3-2) won the first national title in program history.

Penn State outscored its opponents by a combined margin of 20-0 in six NCAA Tournament games and recorded shutouts in its final eight matches.

The Nittany Lions allowed one goal or fewer in each of their final 23 games.

Rodriguez took a feed from Mallory Weber across the box and blasted a left-footed shot into the lower right corner of the net.

Duke (14-6-5) fell to 0-3 in College Cup finals, with losses to North Carolina in 1992 and Stanford in 2011.

The Blue Devils were playing in the College Cup after missing the NCAA Tournament last season.

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