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Duke Opens Home Slate with John Rennie Nike Invitational
Monday 08/31/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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Games 2 & 3
John Rennie Nike Invitational
August 31 & Sept. 2, 2012
Koskinen Stadium l Durham, N.C.

Duke vs. Santa Clara
Aug. 31, 2012 l 7:30 p.m.
Live Stats l Live Video l Twitter

Duke vs. Delaware
Sept. 2, 2012 l 2:30 p.m.
Live Stats l Live Video l Twitter

Setting the Scene

  • Duke welcomes Delaware, NC State and Santa Clara to the 31st John Rennie Nike Invitational
  • NC State enters the weekend with a 2-0-0 record, while Duke, Delaware and Santa Clara are all 0-1-0

Sunday Ticket Deal
Fans who bring their Duke football tickets from Saturday's FIU game will get free admission to Duke's game versus Delaware Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Show your ticket at the gate and enjoy Duke soccer as it takes on the Blue Hens at Koskinen Stadium.

The Series History
The Blue Devils are 0-3-0 against Santa Clara all-time and 1-0-0 versus the Delaware Blue Hens ... Duke last played the Broncos in 1999 NCAA Tournament, losing 4-2 ... Santa Clara won the 1989 Duke Invitational with wins over Duke and NC State ... Delaware and Duke have only faced each other once with the Blue Devils downing the Blue Hens 6-1 in 2007.

Tale of the Tape
 

Category

Duke

SC

DEL

Overall Record

0-1-0

0-1-0

0-1-0

Goals-Shot attempts

0-4

1-7

0-11

Goals scored per game

0

1

0

Shots on goal-Attempts

0-4

1-4

7-11

SOG Pct.

0

0.25

636

Shots/Game

4

7

11

GAA

1

1

1

Corner Kicks

1

8

2

Goals off corners

0

0

0

Penalty Kicks

0-0

0-0

0-0

Yellow cards

4

1

0

Red cards

0

0

0

Duke by the Numbers
43-15-2 - Duke's overall record in the previous 30 tournaments
16 - Number of times Duke has won its tournament with the last being in 2010
1 -  First year of the John Rennie Nike Invitational after it was named for the longtime Duke head coach
7 -  Saves made by senior goalkeeper James Belshaw in the season opener at Notre Dame
25 -  Number of NCAA Tournament appearances the Blue Devils have made in program history
45-30-9 - Head coach John Kerr's record at Duke since he came to the helm in 2008
2 - Players, James Belshaw and Sebastien Ibeagha, placed on the Soccer America preseason All-America team
5 - Teams ranked in Soccer America's top 25 that Duke will face this season
10 - Underclassmen who played in Duke's season opener at Notre Dame

Scouting Santa Clara
Santa Clara opened the 2012 season with a 2-1 loss to California ... The Broncos are coming off of an 11-5-4 overall season and are picked to finish second in the West Coast Conference ... Erik Hurtado was named a preseason All-American after leading Santa Clara with six goals and seven assists for 19 points.

Scouting Delaware
Delaware kicked off its 2012 campaign with a 1-0 setback to UMass ... The Blue Hens posted a 13-6-4 overall record in 2011 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round ... Roberto Gimenez and Vincente Mediate both were selected to the preseason All-CAA first team ... Gimenez was the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2011 after leading Delaware with seven assists and 27 points overall.

Young Blue Devil Squad
Duke started seven underclassmen, including two freshmen, at Notre Dame ... Zach Mathers and Ryan Thompson both earned starts in their first collegiate action, while Chase Keesling got the nod after missing his rookie campaign to injury ... Freshman Luis Rendon also saw 40 minutes off the bench against the Irish.

Blue Devil Army
The Duke men's soccer program is starting a new tradition this season with the addition of the Blue Devil Army ... A men's soccer fan club, members can sign up at www.BlueDevilArmy.com ... Membership is free and those who sign up will get a Blue Devil Army scarf, t-shirt and access to pregame tailgates prior to all home ACC contests ... Attendance at the game is required to received a scarf and t-shirt.

Follow Duke on Twitter
The Duke men's soccer team is on Twitter ... Fans can follow @Duke_MSOC for in-game updates, pictures from Duke's travels and more.

Duke to Appear on RDN Twice in 2012
Duke's contests versus NC State and Maryland will be televised live by Raycom Sports Network, while the Blue Devils' contests versus North Carolina and Boston College will be broadcast by the ACC Digital Network on YouTube. 

Next Up
The Blue Devils hit the road for their ACC opener Sept. 7 at Virginia ... Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


 


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