That was fast; Cobb makes history (Soccer)

August 26, 2011
Kelly Cobb

Heralded freshman Kelly Cobb of Duke University was expected to make an immediate impact, but this is ridiculous.

Making her first start – on her 19th birthday, no less – the Alaska teenager with a golden foot delivered just nine minutes into the game to fuel a 2-0 victory over the University of Houston.

Cobb, of Chugiak High fame, took a feed from teammate Mollie Pathman, took a couple touches and blasted a rocket that touched nothing but net.

“It was a pretty special day for me,” Cobb told the school’s website. “Being able to start for the first time and coming out and scoring a goal for my team is one of the best feelings to being able to produce. It was great being able to come back on the pitch after spraining my ankle.”

Cobb became the first Duke woman to score a goal in her first start 2008 and the 16th overall in school history.

In all, the 2011 Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year logged 62 minutes for the national power.

“I thought she played very solid overall,” Duke coach Robbie Church said. “Scoring that first goal was huge for her and our team. I was very impressed with her.”