Friday Flashback: Cobb leads Duke to College Cup final in 2011

June 26, 2020

Kelly Cobb

Eagle River’s Kelly Cobb took the Duke University women’s soccer team by storm in 2011.

The 5-foot-10 forward tied a school record with six game-winning goals and set three Duke freshman records in shots (91), goals (11) and points (31).

In the national semifinals, Cobb assisted on the game-winning goal in the 51st minute to lead Duke to a 4-1 victory over Wake Forest.

Duke lost 1-0 to top-ranked Stanford in the College Cup final.

Cobb, of Chugiak High fame, was named Soccer America All-Freshman First Team and Second Team All-Southeast Region. She was also All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Freshman Team.

In 2013, as a junior, she was Duke’s second-leading scorer with 17 points and recorded a career-high six points with two goals and two assists in a 6-3 win against Pittsburgh.

Cobb finished her career with 25 goals in 78 games and often played through pain. She had left ankle surgery following her freshman season and knee surgery after her sophomore season.

Cobb played at Duke from 2011 to 2014 and ranks No. 11 in school history in goals (25), 10th in multi-goal games (3), 12th in game-winning goals (8) and sixth in shots (219).

Friday Flashback is a series created by Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog editor Van Williams that looks back on great Alaska athletes from the past. To read about other Alaskans featured in this series, click here.