Duke women’s soccer kicked off their preseason games this week, beating South Carolina on Thursday. However, they were missing two of their best. Christina Gibbons and Rebecca Quinn represented the United States and Canada, respectively, in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Both Canadian and American squads advanced to the semifinals. Quinn and the Canadians lost their first match of the tournament, but won against Finland and Korea DPR. The American team lost their opening match to Germany, but shut out both Brazil and China.
Quinn was moved into the starting lineup for the Americans and helped the United States win against both Brazil and China. She played all 180 minutes in those two matches.
Gibbons and the United States took on Korea DPR in the semifinals on Saturday. In full time, the United States and Korea DPR tied 1-1, with Korea DPR winning 3-1 on penalty kicks. Gibbons played the entire match. Quinn and the Canadian team were shut out by the Germans 2-0 in the semifinals. Quinn played the entire match as well.
Both the United States and Canada were eliminated with the losses on Saturday.
Gibbons and Quinn will be reporting back to Duke as soon as possible. The season opener for the Blue Devils is slated for August 22 against Ohio State in Chapel Hill, N.C.