Pittsburgh (4-12-1, 0-11-0) at Duke (7-6-4, 4-4-3) Sunday, Oct. 27 • 1:00 PM • Durham, N.C. Koskinen Stadium • RSN-TV/ESPN3
Duke Hosts Pittsburgh on Sunday for Senior Day... The Duke women’s soccer team (7-6-4, 4-4-3 ACC) will honor one of the most successful senior classes in school history on Sunday as the Blue Devils will host Pittsburgh on Oct. 27 at 1:00 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium. The game will be aired live on RSN-TV & ESPN3 with Mike Hogewood (PXP) and Jenn Hildreth (Color). The channels the game will be aired on will be Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports South, New England Sports Network, YES Network, FOX Sports Indiana Plus, FOX Sports San Diego, FOX Sports Midwest Plus, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, FOX Sports Detroit, ROOT Sports Pittsburgh, ROOT Sports Northwest, FOX Sports Ohio and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Sunday will mark senior day for eight Blue Devils -- Mollie Pathman, Kaitlyn Kerr, Avery Rape, Natasha Anasi, Alex Straton, Meghan Thomas, Laura Weinberg and Gilda Doria. Redshirt senior Kim DeCesare will also be playing in her final match, but she was recognized last year and will not participate in the ceremony. The senior day ceremony will start at approximately 12:45 p.m. In her final home match, Kerr will sing the national anthem prior to the match.
In the Senior Class... Over the last four years, the Duke senior class has led the Blue Devils to a 55-24-11, an appearance in the 2011 national championship game, a 2011 ACC regular season title, a NCAA Sweet 16 finish as well as an NCAA Elite Eight appearance. The class is the winningest four-year group at Duke under the direction of head coach Robbie Church.
A Look at Pittsburgh... Pittsburgh enters Sunday with a record of 4-12-1 overall and 0-11-0 ACC mark. The Panthers are currently on an 11-game losing streak and have not won a match since Sept. 6 against Toledo, 1-0. Roosa Arvas (2 goals, 7 points) and Alex Charlebois (3 goals, 6 points) have led Pittsburgh so far on the year.
The Series with Pittsburgh... Duke and Pittsburgh will meet for the first time in school history.
Duke Moves Up ACC Standings... After going through a six-match winless streak, the Blue Devils are currently riding a four-match stretch with a 3-0-1 mark. During the four-game unbeaten streak, Duke has outscored its opponents 5-2. With the 10 points in the ACC standings over the last four matches, the Blue Devils have jumped to a for seventh in the league with two regular season contests remaining.
Duke at Home... With one regular season home match remaining, the Blue Devils look to finish strong at Koskinen Stadium. On the season so far, Duke has totaled a 2-3-2 mark at home and notched its first win since Sept. 12 on Thursday against N.C. State. The Blue Devils have scored only 10 goals in seven matches at home with Kelly Cobb leading the way with three. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Meghan Thomas made her home debut on Thursday against N.C. State and notched her third shutout of her career.
Against the ACC... So far this season, Laura Weinberg and Kelly Cobb have led Duke with four goals each against ACC opponents. Freshman Toni Payne and redshirt senior Kim DeCesare each have three goals and two assists. Weinberg owns 21 career goals against ACC opponents, which is the most by any Blue Devil in school history -- Walbert (16), Kester (15), Gummersall (15). With 53 career points versus ACC foes, Weinberg is Duke’s all-time leading scorer with the next closest being Walbert (37).
Thomas Helps Big in the Net... After missing 10 straight matches with a shoulder injury, redshirt junior Meghan Thomas has started the last four matches, leading Duke to a 3-0-1 mark in those contests. Over the last four games, Thomas has posted two shutouts, a 0.45 goals-against average and 21 saves. The 6-2 goalkeeper’s nine saves at Maryland was the most by a Blue Devil keeper all season. Thomas came back to collect eight saves at ninth-ranked Notre Dame in a double-overtime win. For her efforts at Maryland, Thomas was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week and to the CS360 Primetime Performers list on Oct. 15. Thomas earned CS360 Primetime Performers list accolades for the second straight week on Oct. 23.
NCAA RPI... The fifth NCAA RPI was released this week with Duke moving to No. 22. The Blue Devils’ challenging schedule shows in the RPI -- losses to Virginia (1), Florida State (8), Wake Forest (11), UCLA (2) and South Carolina (15).
Consecutive Starts... Senior defender Natasha Anasi owns a team-best 66-game consecutive starts streak. Over her career, Anasi has helped lead Duke to 38 shutouts on the defensive end. She is a two-time All-America and MAC Hermann Trophy watch list selection. The 66 straight starts is tied for sixth in Duke’s record books.