Alaskans face off in NCAA top 20 women’s soccer matchup

August 20, 2014

Kelly Cobb SoccerIt’s always a big deal when two top 20 NCAA women’s soccer teams meet on the field, even when it’s an exhibition, but the Duke-South Carolina matchup had special meaning for Alaska.

That’s because the game featured two Alaskans in Duke’s Kelly Cobb of Chugiak and South Carolina’s Katelyn Houston of Anchorage.

Both players saw extended playing time as No. 18 Duke beat No. 14 South Carolina 2-0 in Durham, N.C. The teams played three 30-minute periods.

Cobb, of Chugiak High fame, is a starting forward and one of the greatest goal scorers in Alaska history with 20 goals in 60 career games.

The senior spent part of her summer training with the U.S. women’s national soccer team in Seattle. It was her first action with the national team since 2012 when she helped the Americans win the gold medal at the U-20 World Cup in Japan.

Katelyn Houston SoccerIn 2011, she led Duke to the NCAA championship game.

Houston, of Grace Christian fame, is a freshman goalkeeper who sat out last season as a redshirt.

She made one save against Duke, her first taste of college competition.