The sixth-ranked Duke women's soccer team (11-3-2, 5-2-2) will host a Tobacco Road showdown at Koskinen Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 18 against seventh-ranked North Carolina (8-3-2, 4-2-1) at 7:00 p.m. The match will be shown live on the ACC Digital Network via YouTube with Patrick Kinas (PXP) and John Rennie (Color) calling the action.
Thursday's match will also be senior day as the Blue Devils will recognize six seniors playing in their final home ACC regular season contest - Tara Campbell, Kim DeCesare, Maddy Haller, Libby Jandl, Erin Koballa, Nicole Lipp and Callie Simpkins.
The Blue Devils are closing out a stretch where they will play five ranked opponents out of six contests. Duke close the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 21 against Francis Marion at 2:00 p.m.
Blue Devils Close Regular Season With State Championship...
Duke's final three matches of the ACC regular season are against the North Carolina schools -- N.C. State, Wake Forest and North Carolina. It is like playing for the state championship. Two of the three matches will be played at Koskinen Stadium.
The Blue Devils opened the three-game stretch with a 3-0 win at N.C. State and then tied Wake Forest, 1-1. Duke has only won three games in a single season against the N.C. schools in 1994 and 2004.
In the ACC Standings...
Duke currently ranks third in the ACC with a 5-2-2 overall record, which is 17 points. Florida State owns a conference-best 21 points and Maryland is second (19). Duke is third (17), while Virginia, North Carolina and Wake Forest are tied for fourth (13). With a win on Thursday, the Blue Devils would clinch a host site for the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Oct. 28.
The Series With North Carolina...
Duke and North Carolina will meet for the 38th time in school history on Thursday with the Tar Heels leading the series with a 34-2-1 overall record. In matches played in Durham, Duke owns a 0-12 mark. North Carolina has won seven straight matches in the overall series. The Blue Devils have won only two times in the series -- Oct. 9, 2005 (2-1) and Oct. 19, 1994 (3-2).
The last time Duke/UNC met in Durham was on Oct. 28, 2010 with North Carolina earning a 5-3 victory. As a freshman, Mollie Pathman registered two goals, while Kim DeCesare, Alex Straton and Kaitlyn Kerr added assists.
A Look at North Carolina...
North Carolina enters Thursday with an 8-3-2 overall record and 4-2-1 league mark. The Tar Heels have played only two matches in the month of October, while Duke has played four. UNC is on a three-game win streak and has outscored its opponents by an 11-1 ledger. Maria Lubrano (7 goals), Amber Brooks (5 goals), Summer Green (5 goals) and Kealia Ohai (3 goals) have led the Tar Heels on the season.
Campbell Named Finalist of Senior CLASS Award...
Tara Campbell has been named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which is presented to a senior student-athlete and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
Fans can go online at www.seniorclassaward.com to vote once per day for Campbell through Nov. 19.
Campbell, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the top goalkeepers in the nation owning 30 shutouts and 0.90 goals against average over her career. The 5-8 Campbell is only four shutouts away from the Duke career record of 34 held by Melissa Carr and is currently second all-time in goals-against average.
Weinberg Keeps Scoring Goals...
Junior Laura Weinberg has scored goals in nine out of the last 12 contests and has been held scoreless in only five matches this year. She now owns 15 goals on the season, which is a new career high for the junior.
The 15 goals on the year ranks tied for third 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 36 points this season ranks third on Duke's single-season charts as well.
Weinberg leads the ACC in points (36), goals (15), goals per game (0.94) and shots (73), while ranking fourth nationally in goals, fourth in points, sixth in goals per game and sixth in points per game (2.25).
- Tara Campbell has posted 50 career wins in goal for the Blue Devils.
- Cassie Pecht's nine assists on the season is tied for the most by a freshman in the nation along with Taylor Uhl (Minnesota) and Sarah Zadrazil (East Tenn. St.).
- After missing the UNC match last year with an ankle injury, sophomore Kelly Cobb is expected to play against the Tar Heels for the first time in her career on Thursday.
- In the 11 victories this season, Duke has averaged 3.91 goals a contest.
- Natasha Anasi has logged a team-high 1,427 minutes on the season.
- Laura Weinberg owns a team-best 17 career goals against ACC opponents. The next closest is Mollie Pathman (9) and Kim DeCesare (9).
- Blue Devil goalkeeper Tara Campbell registered her fourth career assist at N.C. State.
- After scoring five goals the first seven matches, Doria has been held scoreless the last nine contests.
- 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 five ACC wins.
- The Blue Devils are 10-0 this season when posting three or more goals.
- Duke has scored 22 first half goals this season, but the Blue Devils have been held scoreless in the opening frame in four out of the last seven contests.
- Kim DeCesare leads Duke with three header goals on the year, while Kaitlyn Kerr and Katie Trees each have two. As a team, the Blue Devils have nine on the year.
- In four overtime matches this year, Duke owns a 2-1-2 record, while Laura Weinberg has notched two golden goals against Miami and Virginia Tech.
- The Blue Devils currently own a 4-3-2 overall record this season against ranked opponents.
- The Blue Devils are averaging 19.9 shots a match and have taken 318 in 16 contests.
- Mollie Pathman has notched three assists in eight matches since returning from the U-20 World Cup.
- Duke has been ranked in the top 10 nationally for 22 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 five matches this season -- Elon (17), San Diego (14), Clemson (14), Miami (11) and N.C. State (10).
- Dating back to last season, all seven of the Blue Devil losses have been by one goal.
- 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 19 goals in 2012. Of the 19 goals, two have been own goals this season.
- The Blue Devils have outscored opponents, 22-7, in the first half this season.
- Eight different players have scored goals on the season.
- The Blue Devils have outshot their opponents, 146-58, in the first half this season.
U-20 Teammates to Meet Again...
Duke's Kelly Cobb and Mollie Pathman will go up against North Carolina's Bryane Heaberlin, Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai on Thursday. All five led the U.S. U-20 squad to the World Cup gold medal in September.
Duke in the NCAA Stats...
In the NCAA stats, the Blue Devils currently feature two in the top 19 of points per game -- Laura Weinberg (6th, 2.25) and Kim DeCesare (19th, 1.87). In goals per game, Weinberg (6th, 0.938) and DeCesare (23rd, 0.733) are ranked. Cassie Pecht is 14th (0.56) and Gilda Doria is 27th in assists (0.50). In total points, Weinberg is fourth (36) and DeCesare is 20th (28). Weinberg also ranks fourth with 15 goals, while DeCesare is 21st with 11. Pecht is eighth with nine assists.
As a team, Duke ranks third in the nation with a 3.14 goals per game average.
Top Scoring Combinations...
The Blue Devil duo of Laura Weinberg and Kim DeCesare have combined to score 26 goals so far this season, which is only one 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 - Laura Weinberg (15) & Kim DeCesare (11) in 2012
26 - Kelly Walbert (18) & Andi Melde (8) in 1994
25 - Casey McCluskey (16) & Carolyn Riggs (9) in 2004
22 - Kelly Cobb (11) & Kaitlyn Kerr (11) in 2011
22 - Sherrill Kester (14) & Kasey Truman (8) in 1999
Blue Devils at Home...
In seven contests so far this season at Koskinen Stadium, the Blue Devils have posted a 5-0-2 record and outscored their opponents, 27-8, including 12-3 in the first half. Duke enters Thursday's match at home with a 19-0-3 record at Koskinen Stadium dating back to last season.
The 14 home wins in 2011 was an all-time high and marked only the third undefeated home record in school history (1992, 1994). In 2011, Duke outscored its opponents 38-6 at home.
The Blue Devils have an all-time record of 164-55-21 in home contests at Koskinen Stadium. In head coach Robbie Church's 12 years with the Blue Devils, Duke has posted an 83-20-14 mark.
Weinberg Moving Up Career Charts...
With her 33 career goals, Laura Weinberg now ranks fifth on Duke's all-time scoring list, while her 78 points is tied sixth. Weinberg is also tied for seventh in game-winning goals (9) and second in multi-goal games (8). She has 15 goals in 16 matches and six assists this year. Her career best in a season was 10 goals as a freshman.
In the Rankings...
Duke moved to No. 8 in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire ledger, while also moving to No. 6 in the Soccer America poll. North Carolina is seventh in the Soccer America poll and 10th in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll.
High Scoring Offense...
With its 3.00 goals per game average and 48 goals through 16 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.
The previous high for a Church coached Blue Devil squad with 65 goals in 2004 for an average of 2.83 per game.
In the ACC Stats...
The Blue Devils boast three players in the top nine in points -- Laura Weinberg (1st, 36), Kim DeCesare (3rd, 28), Cassie Pecht (T9th, 19). In goals, Weinberg (1st, 15) and DeCesare (3rd, 11) are listed, while Pecht is second in assists (9) and Doria is third (8).
In conference games only, Weinberg is first in points (18), second in points per game (2.00), first in goals (8) and first in goals per game (0.89). Weinberg is averaging 5.00 shots per match to lead the league. Pecht is second with five assists and Doria is tied third with four assists, while Weinberg is tied for the lead in game-winning goals with three.
As a team, Duke leads the league in points (149), goals (48), goals per game (3.00), first in assists (53) and first in assists per game (3.31).