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No. 4 Duke, Rutgers Face Off in NCAA Opener at Koskinen
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/09/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – Koskinen Stadium will take center stage Friday night, as the No. 4 seed Duke Blue Devils (14-3-2) open their run to the 2018 College Cup at home against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-3-5) in NCAA Tournament First Round action.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Fans can access the broadcast on through or the ESPN app. The winner will move on to the second weekend of play to face either Mississippi State or Lipscomb on Friday, Nov. 16.

The Blue Devils, who are making their 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, come into Friday having advanced past the first round in their last seven appearances (6-0-1). Duke has also won eight-straight home matches in NCAA Tournament action and is undefeated in its last 19.

Duke is led by its four seniors, who have a tallied 66 victories in their four years to make them the winningest class in program history. Headlining that group is All-ACC First Team selection Kayla McCoy, who leads the team with 10 goals and 27 points, while also posting seven assists, all three totals standing top four in the ACC. Taylor Racioppi, an All-ACC Second Team honoree, follows close behind with nine goals of her own, including a trio of game-winning scores.

Rounding out Duke’s All-ACC honorees are Ella Stevens (All-ACC Second Team), who is third in the ACC and 10th nationally with 10 assists this year, and All-ACC Freshman Team selections Delaney Graham and Sydney Simmons.

If the Blue Devils are victorious on Friday, they will face the winner of Mississippi State and Lipscomb in the NCAA Second Round. That contest will be Friday, Nov. 16 in Washington, D.C., provided that No. 1 Georgetown advances in its first round matchup against Central Connecticut State. Should Georgetown lose, the second weekend of play will be held in Durham.

No. 4 Duke Blue Devils (14-3-2, 8-1-1 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-3-5, 7-1-3 Big Ten)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes

Game Day Info…

Friday, November 9
No. 4 Duke vs. Rutgers – 7:00 p.m. ET
NCAA Tournament First Round
ACC Network Extra
Live Stats
Durham, N.C.
Koskinen Stadium

Live Broadcast…
Friday’s first round contest between the Blue Devils and the Scarlet Knights will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed by clicking the link below, going to or using the ESPN app.

No. 4 Duke vs. Rutgers ACC Network Extra Broadcast

Live Stats…
Duke will provide live statistics for Friday’s matchup. Live stats can be found by clicking the link below.

No. 4 Duke vs. Rutgers Live Stats

Ticket Information…
Tickets are available for purchase for Friday’s game. Adults get in for $8, while children 12 and under get in for $3 and those ages two and under will receive free admission. Duke students will receive free admission to both the Duke field hockey NCAA first round match, 12 p.m. at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium, and Friday night’s Duke women’s soccer NCAA contest with a valid student I.D.

2018 NCAA Tournament First Round (Durham, N.C. Site) Ticket Info


Friday, November 9
High 56, Low 40; Rain (70%)

Last Time Out…
Behind a brace from senior Taylor Racioppi and a combined three assists from freshmen Marykate McGuire (2) and Mackenzie Pluck (1), the Blue Devils capped the 2018 regular season with a 2-0 victory at Notre Dame. Racioppi scored both in the second half for the second multi-goal game of her career. Brooke Heinsohn turned in five saves, a season high in ACC play, to give Duke its ninth shutout of the year.

Duke hosted No. 9 Florida State in the opening round of the 2018 ACC Tournament at Koskinen three days later. A goal in the 23rd minute and a lockdown defense helped FSU capture a 1-0 victory.

Thursday, Oct. 25
No. 5 Duke def. Notre Dame, 2-0 (Recap | Stats)

Sunday, Oct. 28 (ACC Tournament Quarterfinals)
No. 9 Florida State [7] def. No. 5 Duke [2], 1-0 (Recap | Stats | Photos)

A Blue Devil Win Would…

  • Improve their NCAA record to 38-20-10, including a 20-2-1 mark at home.
  • Move Robbie Church’s NCAA record at Duke to 32-14-9 and career NCAA record to 33-15-9.
  • Be their ninth-straight home win in NCAA Tournament play and keep them undefeated at Koskinen in 20-straight contests.
  • Make them 7-0-1 in their last eight NCAA openers.
  • Give them their first win against Rutgers in the NCAA Tournament (0-1-0).
  • Improve their overall record against the Scarlet Knights to 4-1-0.
  • Be their ninth win or tie in their last 10 NCAA Tournament matches.
  • Move them to 29-3-0 in their last 32 games at Koskinen Stadium.
  • Give Robbie Church 321 career wins as a women’s soccer coach. He currently sits tied for 19th amongst active head coaches and 28th all-time.
  • Be the 396th victory in program history, moving them four away from reaching the 400 mark.

In the Rankings... 

NCAA RPI: 11th
United Soccer Coaches: 9th  
Soccer America: 11th
TopDrawerSoccer: 10th   

NCAA RPI: 30th
United Soccer Coaches: RV
Soccer America: NR
TopDrawerSoccer: NR  

2018 Blue Devil Leaders...

Points: Kayla McCoy, 27
Goals: Kayla McCoy, 10
Assists: Ella Stevens, 10
Shots: Kayla McCoy, 53
Shots On Goal: Kayla McCoy, 30
Game-Winning Goals: Kayla McCoy, 4
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.72
Saves: Brooke Heinsohn, 55
Save Percentage: Brooke Heinsohn, .797

2018 Blue Devil Goal Tracker…

  1. Mackenzie Pluck (Unassisted) vs. #23 Ohio State - Aug. 16 (47:02)
  2. Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens) vs. #23 Ohio State - Aug. 16 (80:25)
  3. Taylor Racioppi (Kayla McCoy) vs. Illinois - Aug. 19 (15:06)
  4. Kayla McCoy (Taylor Mitchell) vs. Elon - Aug. 26 (33:21)
  5. Mackenzie Pluck (Ella Stevens; Kayla McCoy) vs. Elon - Aug. 26 (69:24)
  6. Marykate McGuire (Ella Stevens) vs. Elon - Aug. 26 (82:05)
  7. Mackenzie Pluck (Ella Stevens) vs. Marquette - Aug. 30 (67:29)
  8. Ella Stevens (Marykate McGuire) vs. Marquette - Aug. 30 (72:06)
  9. Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens; Kayla McCoy) vs. Providence - Sept. 2 (23:17)
  10. Marykate McGuire (Karlie Paschall) vs. Providence - Sept. 2 (36:08)
  11. Tess Boade (Kayla McCoy & Delaney Graham) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (58:34)
  12. Karlie Paschall (Penalty Kick) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (62:21)
  13. Karlie Paschall (Penalty Kick) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (82:20)
  14. Kayla McCoy (Marykate McGuire) vs. Old Dominion - Sept. 9 (2:01)
  15. Taylor Racioppi (Marykate McGuire) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (33:58)
  16. Marykate McGuire (Delaney Graham) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (39:54)
  17. Lily Nabet (Kayla McCoy & Karlie Paschall) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (55:26)
  18. Kayla McCoy (Karlie Paschall) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (71:13)
  19. Tess Boade (Mackenzie Pluck) at Miami – Sept. 20 (43:36)
  20. Taylor Racioppi (Karlie Paschall) at Miami – Sept. 20 (58:23)
  21. Kayla McCoy (Karlie Paschall & Marykate McGuire) vs. #4 Virginia – Sept. 23 (89:23)
  22. Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens) at #21 NC State – Sept. 27 (76:31)
  23. Kayla McCoy (Taylor Racioppi) vs. Wake Forest – Oct. 4 (2:46)
  24. Kayla McCoy (Kat McDonald) vs. Wake Forest – Oct. 4 (27:22)
  25. Kat McDonald (Ella Stevens) vs. Wake Forest – Oct. 4 (89:11)
  26. Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens & Kat McDonald) vs. Virginia Tech – Oct. 7 (66:54)
  27. Karlie Paschall (Unassisted) vs. Virginia Tech – Oct. 7 (85:50)
  28. Kat McDonald (Unassisted) at Clemson – Oct. 13 (47:44)
  29. Kayla McCoy (Tess Boade) at Clemson – Oct. 13 (54:37)
  30. Taylor Racioppi (Lily Nabet) at Clemson – Oct. 13 (76:21)
  31. Taylor Racioppi (Kayla McCoy & Ella Stevens) vs. Louisville – Oct. 18 (23:13)
  32. Karlie Paschall (Penalty Kick) vs. Louisville – Oct. 18 (79:40)
  33. Mackenzie Pluck (Kayla McCoy & Ella Stevens) vs. #11 Boston College – Oct. 21 (32:52)
  34. Kayla McCoy (Tess Boade) vs. #11 Boston College – Oct. 21 (84:28)
  35. Taylor Racioppi (Marykate McGuire & Mackenzie Pluck) at Notre Dame – Oct. 25 (46:58)
  36. Taylor Racioppi (Marykate McGuire) at Notre Dame – Oct. 25 (66:14)

Scouting the Scarlet Knights...
Rutgers enters Friday after receiving its seventh-straight NCAA Tournament bid on Monday. The Scarlet Knights finished the year 11-3-5 and second in the Big Ten with a 7-1-3 ledger. Amirah Ali leads the way with 10 goals and 23 points on the year. Megan McClelland is Rutgers’ main goalkeeper, allowing 13 goals (0.62 GAA) and making 50 saves along with eight shutouts.

The Series with Rutgers...

Overall: Duke leads, 3-1-0
In Durham: Duke leads, 2-0-0
In NCAA Tournament: Rutgers leads, 1-0-0
First Meeting: Duke def. Rutgers, 2-1 (Oct. 7, 1990 in Durham, N.C.)
Last Meeting: Rutgers def. Duke, 2-0 (Nov. 13, 2009 in Columbia, S.C.)
Current Streak: Rutgers, +1

Another Year in the Big Dance…
With their selection on Monday, the Blue Devils have reached the NCAA Tournament for the 24th time in program history and the 15th time in the last 16 seasons. Duke received a No. 4 national seed in Georgetown’s region, giving the Blue Devils a national seed for the fourth-straight year and ninth time in program history. Duke is 24-7-2 when receiving a national seed and has made three College Cup appearances and three quarterfinals in six of those nine years.

Blue Devils Aim to Avenge 2009…
The last time Duke and Rutgers met, it was on a very similar stage to the one upcoming on Friday. The two sides met in an NCAA First Round contest in Columbia, S.C., with the Scarlet Knights taking a 2-0 victory. After shutting down a number of Duke chances, a goal in the 42nd minute sent Rutgers into the half with a 1-0 advantage. In the final 20 minutes of play, the Blue Devils turned up their aggressiveness, which eventually led to the Scarlet Knights catching Duke off guard and scoring in the 75th minute to put the game away for good.

Duke Looks to Extend NCAA Home Dominance…
The Blue Devils open the 2018 NCAA Tournament within the friendly confines of Koskinen Stadium, which has been a sign of success in their NCAA past. Duke has won eight-straight home matches in the Big Dance and is undefeated in its last 19, going 19-2-1 overall.

Duke will also look to extend its success in its opening match of NCAAs. The Blue Devils are 6-0-1 in their last seven NCAA openers, with their last loss coming in 2009 to Rutgers in Columbia, S.C.

Five Blue Devils Reel in All-ACC Honors…
Duke will enter the 2018 NCAA Tournament led by five All-ACC selections, headlined by All-ACC First Team honoree Kayla McCoy. McCoy reeled in her second-straight first team laurel, making her the 11th in program history to receive multiple. Taylor Racioppi and Ella Stevens both received All-ACC Second Team honors for the second-straight year. Stevens now has four all-conference honors in her three seasons, while Racioppi reeled in the third conference award of her career.

Rounding out Duke’s All-ACC honorees are rookies Sydney Simmons and Delaney Graham, who were named ACC All-Freshman Team. It’s the eighth time in program history that the Blue Devils have received multiple All-Freshman Team selections in one season and the first since McCoy and Racioppi did so in 2015.

Blue Devils Excel in ACC Play Yet Again…
Duke’s win at Notre Dame capped another impressive season in regular season ACC play. The Blue Devils have either won or tied in 18 of their last 19 ACC regular season games. Duke went a perfect 10-0-0 last year en route to claiming the third ACC Regular Season title in history and finished 8-1-1 this year. Over the last three years, Duke has 25 wins in ACC regular season play, the best three-year stretch in program history.

2018 Senior Class Continues to Dominate…
The 2018 Duke women’s soccer senior class continues to do what it’s done best for four years: win. Duke’s victory at Notre Dame moved the class’ win total to 66. The squad is the winningest senior class in program history, while last year’s class is second with 60 victories.

In their four years, the DWS seniors of Chelsea Burns, Kayla McCoy, Kat McDonald and Taylor Racioppi have made two trips to the NCAA College Cup, including a National Championship game appearance in 2015, and a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2016. The group of four also captured the 2017 ACC Regular Season Championship and has picked up at least one win against every ACC program.

Home Sweet Home…
Koskinen Stadium has long been known as one of the toughest places to play in collegiate soccer and collegiate lacrosse. That has remained true lately for the Duke women’s soccer program, as the Blue Devils hold a 28-3-0 record in their last 31 home matches. That includes a perfect 15-0-0 home record last season, a school record, along with a 10-3-0 showing this season so far.

Duke’s 10 home wins this season mark the third time in program history that it has recorded double-digit home victories in a season. That number stands third in the DWS record book. The 2011 season is second with 14, while last year set the program record with 15 wins at Koskinen.

McCoy Keeps the Good Times Rolling…
There was no doubt that senior Kayla McCoy would be the Blue Devils’ offensive catalyst in 2018 and she hasn’t disappointed, especially as Duke heads into postseason play. McCoy leads the team with 27 points (2nd ACC) and 10 goals (T2nd ACC) while her seven assists are tied for fourth in the league. The Lincolnwood, Ill., native has tallied one four-point and three three-point contests this season and has at least one in all but five matches in 2018, tallying a point in 11 of the last 14 matches.

McCoy’s play ramped up in conference action, as she tallied eight goals and two assists. Her eight scores led the league, with her 19 points standing second. She also topped the conference with 0.80 goals per game.

McCoy Continues Her Record Book Climb…
Senior Kayla McCoy has cracked a number of top 10 charts so far this season, including entering the top five in a number of records. She currently has 36 for her career, putting her fourth all-time. Kelly Walbert (1992-95) owns the program record with 47-career scores.

McCoy’s four game-winning goals this season has her career total now up to 14, putting her tied for third on the DWS all-time list. She’s three shy of Casey McCluskey (2001-04) for second place and six behind the record holder Kelly Walbert (1992-95), who has 20.

The Duke senior forward also stands tied for fourth with 88 career points and tied for fifth with five career multi-goal performances.

Stevens Among the DWS Assists Elite...
With her team-high 10 dimes so far, Ella Stevens has cracked the top five on Duke’s all-time assists list. She now has 27 for her career, which is fourth in DWS history. She is three from tying Mollie Pathman (2010-13) for third. Andi Melde (1994-97) holds the all-time record at Duke with 42.

Blue Devils One of the Nation’s Top Assists Teams…
With 39 assists so far this year, the Blue Devils have become one of the nation’s best when it comes to dropping dimes. Their 39 rank fourth in the ACC and 23rd in the country. Leading the way is Ella Stevens, who has 10 assists this season, one short of her career high set last season. Those 10 are third in the conference and 10th in the NCAA.

Next Up…
If the Blue Devils are victorious on Friday, they will face the winner of Mississippi State and Lipscomb in the NCAA Second Round. That contest will be Friday, Nov. 16 in Washington, D.C., provided that No. 1 Georgetown advances in its first round matchup against Central Connecticut State. Should Georgetown lose, the second weekend of play will be held in Durham.

Social Media…
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”.