The Dukes’ season ends at 11-6-3 while the Colonials advance to the semifinals to face Dayton.
The only scoring chance of the 1st half was with five seconds remaining when an open Cowley’s shot from the top of the box soared high and wide.
The Dukes opened up the first three minutes of the 2nd half with a pair of corner kicks, but could not capitalize. They kept up the pressure and in the 51st minute when Veronique Dagenais put the ball over the top to Katie O’Connor in the box, who got around Colonials’ keeper Miaranda Horn, but the ball was just a touch ahead of her.
The Colonials first scoring chance of the half was in the 58th minute when Cowley intercepted a pass in the GW end and dribbled the ball 70 yards, drawing in three defenders. Cowley dished off to Brittany Cooper who gave the ball back to Cowley, but her shot was blocked by Haley Yow.
GW got on the board in the 72nd minute. Cowley took a pass from Ivana Szwejkowski, did a 180 and fired a perfect shot from the top of the box past Murphy.
Duquesne had a chance to make the match level when O’Connor found Abby Losco with a through ball, but her shot was denied by a diving Horn in the 82nd minute. As a result, the Dukes received a corner kick, but the ball was cleared out by the Colonials defense.
Three minutes later, after Murphy stopped Cooper at the post the Dukes took advantage with a quick outlet. Staton’s through ball was blocked and she corralled the rebound, putting it past Horn on the left side.
O’Connor almost had the go-ahead goal when her shot in the 88th minute hit the crossbar.
In the first extra period, Cowley had the first opportunity to score, but her shot went wide right in the 96th minute.
In double overtime, O’Connor found Italia Biondi with a through ball, but she couldn’t get the angle, and her shot went wide in the 105th minute.
Cooper’s game-winner came after she took control of the ball just past midfield and put a left-footed shot over the outstretched arm of Murphy.