Duke (10-3-1, 4-2-1 ACC) at N.C. State (5-9-0, 0-5-0 ACC) Thursday, Oct. 11 • 7:00 PM • ESPN3 Raleigh, N.C. • Dail Soccer Stadium
Duke and N.C. State to Face Off Thursday on ESPN3... The fifth-ranked Duke women’s soccer team (10-3-1, 4-2-1 in ACC play) will play its final road match of the regular season as the Blue Devils will travel to Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday, Oct. 11 to face N.C. State (5-9, 0-5) at Dail Soccer Stadium on ESPN3. The contest will be called by Patrick Kinas (PXP) and Andrew Sanders (Color) on ESPN3. Duke will close the regular season with two straight home matches against Wake Forest and North Carolina. The Blue Devils are in a stretch where it will play five ranked opponents out of six contests.
Blue Devils Close Regular Season With State Championship... Duke’s final three matches of the ACC regular season will be against the North Carolina schools -- N.C. State, Wake Forest and North Carolina. It will be like playing for the state championship. Two of the three matches will be played at Koskinen Stadium. Duke Hosts “Pink” Game on Sunday... The Blue Devils will host their annual “Pink” game on Sunday against Wake Forest. Prior to and during the match, there will be a table set up inside the entrance of Koskinen Stadium where Duke will be auctioning off signed jerseys, soccer balls, posters, etc. All money raised will go towards the Blue Devils vs. Cancer student group at Duke. The Series With N.C. State... Duke and N.C. State will meet for the 29th time in school history on Thursday in Raleigh. In games played in Raleigh, Duke owns an 8-4 record and has won six straight. In the overall series with NCSU, Duke owns an 11-game winning streak. Last year, Kaitlyn Kerr netted the game-winning goal off an assist from Mollie Pathman to lead Duke to a 1-0 win over the Wolfpack. It marks the second straight year the Blue Devils have played at N.C. State.
A Look at N.C. State... The Wolfpack enters Thursday’s match with a 5-9 overall and 0-5 league mark, including dropping seven straight decisions. Jennie Krauser (4 goals), Brittany Stanko (4 goals) and Shannon Colligan (3 goals) lead the way for N.C. State. The Wolfpack have scored only one goal over the last six matches.
Weinberg On Fire... Junior Laura Weinberg has scored goals in eight out of the last 10 contests and has been held scoreless in only four matches this year. She now owns 14 goals on the season, which is a new career high for the junior. The 14 goals on the year ranks tied for fifth on Duke’s single-season goals list. The most goals in a season was 18 in 1994 by Duke’s all-time leading scorer Kelly Walbert. Her 33 points this season ranks tied for fifth on Duke’s single-season charts as well. Weinberg leads the ACC in points (33), goals (14), goals per game (1.0) and shots (63), while ranking fourth nationally in goals, fourth in points, third in goals per game and sixth in points per game (2.36).
Noting Duke... • Senior Erin Koballa will go up against her sister, Kasey, who is a sophomore on the N.C. State squad. • In the 10 victories this season, Duke has averaged 4.0 goals a contest. • Gilda Doria (8) and Cassie Pecht (9) have combined for 17 assists on the season for the Blue Devils. • Laura Weinberg has registered the game-winning goal in three of Duke’s four ACC wins. • The Blue Devils are 9-0 this season when posting three or more goals. • Duke has scored 21 first half goals this season, but the Blue Devils have been held scoreless in the opening frame in three out of the last five contests. • Kim DeCesare, Kaitlyn Kerr and Katie Trees each lead Duke with two header goals on the season. As a team, the Blue Devils have eight on the year. • In four overtime matches this year, Duke owns a 2-1-1 record, while Laura Weinberg has notched two golden goals against Miami and Virginia Tech. • The Blue Devils were shutout for only the second time this season at Virginia. In both matches Duke has been shutout, the Blue Devils have outshot their opponent, 19-14. • Duke owns a 4-2 record this season in true road contests. • The Blue Devils currently own a 4-3-1 overall record this season against ranked opponents. • The Blue Devils are averaging 20.3 shots a match and have taken 284 in 14 contests. • Mollie Pathman has notched two assists in six matches since returning from the U-20 World Cup. • Duke has been ranked in the top 10 nationally for 21 straight weeks going back to last year. It is the longest streak in school history. • The Blue Devils have posted double-digit shots on goal in four matches this season -- Elon (17), San Diego (14), Clemson (14) and Miami (11). • Dating back to last season, all seven of the Blue Devil losses have been by one goal. • Duke has scored 44 goals this year, which is more than 12 Blue Devil teams - 2006 (29), 2001 (26),1998 (22), 1991 (33), 2005 (34), 2007 (34), 2009 (34), 1988 (34), 2002 (37), 2010 (42), 2000 (43) and 1996 (37). The Blue Devils are tied with 1999. • All five of Duke’s defenders who have started has registered at least one assist on the year. • Duke allowed a total of 13 goals a season ago, but has already let in 18 goals in 2012. Of the 18 goals, two have been own goals this season. • The Blue Devils have outscored opponents, 21-6, in the first half this season. • Eight different players have scored goals on the season. • The Blue Devils have outshot their opponents, 131-51, in the first half this season. • Tara Campbell (280) moved into third place on Duke’s all-time saves in the Florida State match passing Allison Lipsher (265). • All 11 starters and 90.9 percent of scoring return in 2012 for the Blue Devils. • For the first time in her career, redshirt junior Callie Simpkins scored two goals against Washington State, after coming off the bench. She owns eight career goals. Top Scoring Combinations... The Blue Devil duo of Laura Weinberg and Kim DeCesare have combined to score 24 goals so far this season, which is only three away from matching the Duke single-season record for scoring combinations. The tandem is also the highest scoring duo in the nation.
Duke’s Highest Scoring Duos 27 – KayAnne Gummersall (15) & Elisabeth Redmond (12) in 2008 26 – Kelly Walbert (18) & Andi Melde (8) in 1994 25 – Casey McCluskey (16) & Carolyn Riggs (9) in 2004 24 – Laura Weinberg (14) & Kim DeCesare (10) in 2012 22 - Kelly Cobb (11) & Kaitlyn Kerr (11) in 2011 22 – Sherrill Kester (14) & Kasey Truman (8) in 1999 Weinberg Moving Up the Career Charts... With her 32 career goals, Laura Weinberg now ranks fifth on Duke’s all-time scoring list, while her 75 points is seventh. Weinberg is also tied for seventh in game-winning goals (9) and second in multi-goal games (8). She has 14 goals in 14 matches and five assists this year. Her career best in a season was 10 goals as a freshman.
In the Rankings... Duke moved up to No. 6 in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire ledger, while also moving to No. 5 in the Soccer America poll.
Duke in the NCAA Stats... In the NCAA stats, the Blue Devils currently feature two in the top 20 of points per game -- Laura Weinberg (6th, 2.36) and Kim DeCesare (20th, 1.85). In goals per game, Weinberg (3rd, 1.0) and DeCesare (19th, 0.769) are ranked. Cassie Pecht is sixth (0.64) and Gilda Doria is 16th in assists (0.57). In total points, Weinberg is fourth (33) and DeCesare is 22nd (24). Weinberg also ranks fourth with 14 goals, while DeCesare is 19th with 10. As a team, Duke ranks third in the nation with a 3.14 goals per game average.
High Scoring Offense... With its 3.14 goals per game average and 44 goals through 14 games, the Blue Devils are scoring like no other Blue Devil team coached by Robbie Church. The highest goals per game average for a season is 3.05 in 1989 with 67 goals in 22 matches.
In the ACC Stats... The Blue Devils boast four players in the top eight in points -- Laura Weinberg (1st, 33), Kim DeCesare (T3rd, 24), Gilda Doria (7th, 18) and Cassie Pecht (8th, 17). In goals, Weinberg (1st, 14) and DeCesare (T2nd, 10) are listed, while Pecht leads the league in assists (9) and Doria is second (8). In conference games only, Weinberg is first in points (15), second in points per game (2.14), first in goals (7) and first in goals per game (1.0). Weinberg is averaging 5.0 shots per match to lead the league. Pecht is first with five assists and Doria is second with four assists, while Weinberg leads the game-winning goals category with three. As a team, Duke leads the league in points (134), goals (46), goals per game (3.14), first in assists (46) and first in assists per game (3.29).
Pecht Making Impact... Coming in as a freshman, Cassie Pecht has made an immediate impact as she has totaled four goals and nine assists, while starting all 14 matches. She has notched a goal or assist in 10 of the 14 contests this year. Pecht, who is out of Mechanicsburg, Pa., has played both the forward and midfield positions so far this season. Her nine assists on the season already ranks tied for the second-highest single-season total by a Duke freshman. The school record is 11 by Andi Melde. She also ranks tied for eighth on the Blue Devil overall season chart.
Pathman & Cobb See Action... Both Mollie Pathman and Kelly Cobb have returned to the Duke lineup since rejoining the team following the U-20 World Cup trip to Japan. Pathman has seen action in seven matches and posted two assists. Cobb returned against Maryland and played 67 minutes, while taking two shots. She missed the last three matches with an injured ankle. Both Pathman and Cobb helped lead the U.S. U-20 World Cup team to the championship with a 1-0 victory over Germany. The duo returned to the team on Sept. 10, after missing the entire non-conference portion of the schedule. Pathman and Cobb combined to score 17 goals and assisted on 20 others in 2011 for the Blue Devils, but this year has totaled only two combined assists.
DeCesare Flourishing at the Forward Slot... Following moving from the midfield to center forward position this fall, redshirt junior Kim DeCesare had a breakout season with 10 goals and four assists in 14 matches. She was injured in the first five minutes against San Diego with an ankle injury and missed the Marquette contest. DeCesare has totaled four goals over the last six matches since returning from her injury, including two against Boston College. For her efforts early on, she was named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Player of the Week, ACC Player of the Week, to the Soccer America Team of the Week and TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week in the opening week, following posting three goals and two assists. DeCesare was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week after she notched three goals in two matches at the USC Futbol Classic. She tallied both game-winning goals in the contests. DeCesare, a native of Massapequa, N.Y., tallied her previous high for goals in a season with five last season, but has already eclipsed that number with 10 goals this year.