Duke (6-2, 0-1 ACC) at Miami (4-3-1, 0-1 ACC)
Sunday, Sept. 16 • 1:00 PM • ESPN3
Coral Gables, Fla.
No. 2 Duke Concludes Florida Trip at Miami on Sunday on ESPN3...
The second-ranked Duke women’s soccer team (6-2, 0-1 ACC) will conclude a five-day trip to Florida on Sunday, Sept. 16 with a 1:00 p.m., contest at Miami (4-1-1, 0-1) in Coral Gables, Fla. The contest will be aired live on ESPN3 with Jared Schwartz (PXP) and Ian Fuller (Color) calling the action.
Duke is coming off falling at No. 1 Florida State on Thursday night, 1-0. It marked the first time this season the Blue Devils have been shutout. The Blue Devils had not been held to less than two goals all season long, prior to the match with the Seminoles.
The Series With Miami...
Duke and Miami will meet for the eighth time in school history on Sunday with the Blue Devils leading the series, 6-1-1. In matches played in Coral Gables, Fla., Duke owns a 2-1-1 mark. In the last meeting at Miami on Oct. 7, 2010, Miami won 2-0. The winner of the last three matches has shutout its opponent.
A Look at Miami...
Miami enters Sunday’s match with a 4-3-1 overall record and is 0-1 in league play following a 1-0 loss against Wake Forest on Thursday. Kate Howarth, Tina Romagnuolo and Ali Brennan each led the Hurricanes with two goals each on the season.
Pathman Makes Return... Blue Devil junior Mollie Pathman made her return to the Duke lineup on Thursday at Florida State as she came off the bench to play 70 minutes and took three shots, including two on goal. She arrived just before the match as Pathman needed to attend a class at Duke on Thursday morning.
Kelly Cobb missed the Florida State match and is listed as questionable for Miami.
Both Pathman and Cobb helped lead the U.S. U-20 World Cup team to the championship with a 1-0 victory over Germany.
Duke will return to Durham for a two-game homestand on Thursday, Sept. 20 against Maryland at 7:00 p.m., followed by a Thursday, Sept. 27 match versus Clemson at 7:00 p.m. Both matches will be played at Koskinen Stadium.
• Dating back to last season, all six of the Blue Devil losses have been by one goal.
• All four of Duke’s starting defenders have registered at least one assist on the year.
• Duke allowed a total of 13 goals a season ago, but has already let in nine goals in 2012. Of the nine goals, two have been own goals this season.
• With Duke’s victory over Southern California, the Blue Devils registered 300 all-time wins in program history over the 25 years of playing women’s soccer (303-182-44).
• The Blue Devils have outscored opponents, 17-4, in the first half this season.
• Eight different players have scored goals on the season.
• The Blue Devils have outshot their opponents, 77-27, in the first half this season.
• Laura Weinberg has scored goals in three out of the last four contests.
• Tara Campbell (269) moved into third place on Duke’s all-time saves in the Florida State match passing Allison Lipsher (265). Campbell had five saves on the night.
• 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.
• The Blue Devils will play on the road for the fourth time this season (2-1).
• Freshman Cassie Pecht continues to shine early this season with three goals and four assists. She has started all eight contests.
In the Rankings...
Duke moved up two spots to No. 2 in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire, Soccer America, SoccerTimes.com and College360.com rankings.
Recapping the FSU Match...
Duke outshot Florida State, 19-14, but the Seminoles netted a first half goal that ended up being enough to take down the Blue Devils in the ACC opener on Thursday, 1-0. Head coach Robbie Church was not happy with his Blue Devils’ effort in the first half. Duke came out and outshot FSU, 10-6, in the second but couldn’t get anything past a stingy FSU defense. The Blue Devils lost for the sixth straight time at Florida State and has not won in Tallahassee since 1999.
Heading Back to Florida...
Three Blue Devils -- Laura Weinberg (Boca Raton, Fla.), Gilda Doria (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Courtney McDaniel (Longwood, Fla.) -- will head to their home state of Florida when Duke plays at Florida State and Miami this week.
Two Blue Devils Win the U-20 World Cup...
Junior Mollie Pathman and sophomore Kelly Cobb helped lead the U.S. U-20 squad to the World Cup title last weekend with a 1-0 victory over Germany.
The duo return to the team this week after missing the entire non-conference portion of the schedule. Pathman and Cobb combined to score 17 goals and assist on 20 others in 2011 for the Blue Devils.