Cobb scores twice, lifts Duke over No. 24 CC in NCAA Tournament

November 17, 2013

Kelly Cobb SoccerShe isn’t known for using her head to score, but Kelly Cobb of Chugiak is known for scoring big goals.

The Duke University junior forward did both in a 2-1 victory over No. 24 Colorado College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo.

She netted her seventh goal of the season in the first half and then delivered the game winner in the final round of penalty kicks in the shootout.

We had been working on PKs leading up to the NCAA Tournament,” Cobb told the Duke website. “I was confident. I had done it in practice. I knew if I put it away we’d win. Have faith and believe in yourself.”

Cobb, of Chugiak High fame, scored the game’s first goal in the 28th minute after converting a header off a free kick.

“That goal was special to me,” she said. “I’m not known for my header skills. It was a nice goal. I’ll take it.”

After the two squads played 110 minutes with a score of 1-1, the contest went to penalty kicks.

Entering round five all square at 3-3, Cobb calmly stepped up and sank the game winner to lift the Blue Devils into the second round by a 4-3 count.

“Kelly Cobb stepped up to win the whole thing and she stuck it like a champ,” Duke coach Robbie Church told the website.

It marks the third consecutive penalty-kick advancement for the Blue Devils in the NCAA tournament. The previous two were at Florida (4-2) in 2010 and versus South Carolina (4-1) in 2007. Duke went on to the next round for the 13th time out of the past 14 appearances.

“It was just a battle until the end,” Cobb said. “It was fun to be out there and play. It was a great game. You couldn’t ask for a better game than that.”