DURHAM, N.C. – With eight games in the books, the attention of the 13th-ranked Duke Blue Devils (6-1-1) has officially turned towards ACC play, which begins Sunday, Sept. 16. As the Blue Devils get set for their ACC opener at Syracuse, it’s time to check in on the program with the fourth edition of the DWS Notebook.
The Week Ahead…
Sunday, September 16
No. 13 Duke at Syracuse – 1:00 p.m. ET
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SU Soccer Stadium
There is free admission to all fans looking to watch the No. 13 Blue Devils take on Syracuse in person at the SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 16.
Last Time Out…
Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Blue Devils rallied for their first comeback win of the year to defeat Nebraska, 1-0. Tess Boade scored the equalizer, with Kayla McCoy and Delaney Graham contributing the assists. Karlie Paschall put in the next two goals via penalty kicks. Both Boade and Paschall scored for the first time this season, while Graham picked up the first point of her career.
The Blue Devils finished off non-conference play and a five-game home stand with a 1-0 victory against Old Dominion, using an early goal from McCoy and stellar defense the final 88 minutes to secure the win. Duke has now won five-straight games entering ACC play.
Thursday, September 6
No. 14 Duke def. Nebraska, 3-1 (Recap | Stats)
Sunday, September 9
No. 14 Duke def. Old Dominion, 1-0 (Recap | Stats | Photos)
Duke in the Rankings...
United Soccer Coaches: 13th (Previous: 14th)
Soccer America: 16th (Previous: 18th)
TopDrawerSoccer: 8th (Previous: 9th)
2018 Blue Devil Leaders...
Points: Kayla McCoy, 8
Goals: Mackenzie Pluck & Taylor Racioppi, 3
Assists: Ella Stevens, 5
Shots: Marykate McGuire, 21
Shots On Goal: Kayla McCoy, 12
Game-Winning Goals: Kayla McCoy & Mackenzie Pluck, 2
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.49
Saves: Brooke Heinsohn, 26
Save Percentage: Brooke Heinsohn, .867
Preparing for Florence…
Due to potential inclement weather from Hurricane Florence, Duke Athletics either cancelled or postponed scheduled home events for this week and weekend. The incoming hurricane has also altered the Blue Devil women’s soccer team’s plans, as they will now depart for Syracuse, N.Y., on Thursday morning. DWS will travel to Gettysburg, Pa., practice at Gettysburg College and then make the rest of the trip on Friday.
WEATHER UPDATE: Home events cancelled or postponed.— Duke Athletics (@DukeATHLETICS) September 11, 2018
Details ⬇️ https://t.co/Xul2as7YNk
McCoy Preview the Upcoming ACC Schedule with NCAA.com's Andy Katz...
Duke senior Kayla McCoy sat down with NCAA.com's Andy Katz for a Skype interview to talk the upcoming ACC slate, her time with the ACE Program and more. Check it out below.
What does @DukeWSOC have to do to prepare for their tough upcoming schedule?@TheAndyKatz sat down with Kayla McCoy in this https://t.co/mPxwMOjre8 Skype Session to get her thoughts! pic.twitter.com/29G9SY6edg— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) September 12, 2018
Stevens Among the DWS Assists Elite...
With her team-high five assists so far, Ella Stevens has cracked the top five on Duke’s all-time assists list. She now has 22 for her career, which ties her for fifth in DWS history with Imani Dorsey (2014-17), Carolyn Ford (2002-05) and Laura Weinberg (2010-13). She now sits one away from tying Kelly Walbert (1992-95) for fourth place and seven from tying Mollie Pathman (2010-13) for third. Andi Melde (1994-97) holds the all-time record at Duke with 42.
McCoy Also Making Moves in the Record Book…
Stevens isn’t the only Blue Devil making waves in the record books, as senior Kayla McCoy has cracked the top 10 in all-time goals while continuing her climb up the career game-winning goals list. She currently has 28 goals over her career, tying former Blue Devils Caitlin Connolly (1989-92), Carolyn Riggs (2002-05) and Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-13) for 10th all-time. Her next score will tie Imani Dorsey (2014-17) and Kim DeCesare (2010-13) for sixth.
McCoy’s two game-winning goals this season has her career total now up to 12, putting her along at fourth on the DWS all-time list. She’s two shy of Elizabeth Redmond (2006-09) for third place and eight behind the record holder Kelly Walbert (1992-95), who has 20.
Another Day, Another W…
Duke has been on a roll as of late, piecing together five-straight wins heading into conference play. The stretch is the longest since their program-record 19-game winning streak last season, which spanned from Aug. 20 – Nov. 3, 2017. During the streak, Duke has outscored opponents, 11-2, with seven different players scoring and have posted a trio of shutouts.
All five wins came during the Blue Devils' five-game home stand, the longest such stretch of their season.
Paschall Shines from the Spot…
Duke's first two penalty attempts of the season came up last Thursday and sophomore Karlie Paschall made each one count to help Duke secure a 3-1 win against Nebraska. Tied at 1-1 in the last 45, Paschall put away Duke’s first PK of the season and then added a second minutes later to give the squad a little bit of insurance.
The two conversions were the first PK attempts of Paschall’s career outside of the shootout. The Brentwood, Tenn., native converted her PK attempt during the shootout against UCLA in the 2017 NCAA College Cup Semifinals in Orlando, Fla.
As the Blue Devils take a couple days to rest up before kicking off the 2018 ACC season on Sunday at Syracuse, a number of former DWS stars are on the grind in the professional ranks. Check out how the Blue Devils are performing in the latest edition of DWS In The Pros.
2018 Alumni Weekend Set for October 5-7…
It will be a celebration of 30 years of Duke women's soccer from Oct. 5-7, as the program will host its Alumni Weekend while it takes on Virginia Tech. The weekend will include an alumni dinner, a career networking event, the Blue Devils hosting the Hokies (Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.) and more. Other details will be provided soon.
Davis First Up in DWS Staff Profiles Series…
GoDuke.com will be taking a deeper dive into the Duke women's soccer coaching staff as the Blue Devils traverse through the rigors of the ACC slate. First up on the docket is assistant coach and the overseer of the DWS goalkeepers, Lane Davis.
What's in the Box: DWS Edition...
The latest episode of What's In The Box featuring the Duke women's soccer program was released earlier this week. Check it out below.
Fans can keep up with all things Duke women’s soccer by following the program on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for “DukeWSoc”. Behind-the-scenes content of women’s soccer and all Duke athletic programs can be found on Snapchat by following “dukeathletics”.