Sunday, Oct. 7 • 1:00 PM • Blue Devil Network
Durham, N.C. • Koskinen Stadium
Blue Devils to Host No. 13 Boston College on Sunday in “Pink” Game...
Coming off a huge road ACC victory at 15th-ranked Virginia Tech on Thursday, the seventh-ranked Duke women’s soccer team will host 13th-ranked Boston College on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1:00 p.m. The contest will be played at Koskinen Stadium and aired live on the Blue Devil Network via www.GoDuke.com.
Sunday’s contest will be Duke’s annual “Pink” match as the Blue Devils will wear pink jerseys and will be raising money for the Blue Devils vs. Cancer student group at Duke.
Duke is in a stretch where it will play five ranked opponents out of six contests, including its third straight on Sunday.
Following the match on Sunday, Duke travel down the road to Raleigh, N.C., to face N.C. State on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Duke Hosts “Pink” Game on Sunday...
The Blue Devils will host their annual “Pink” game on Sunday against Boston College. Prior to and during the match, there will be a table set up inside the entrance of Koskinen Stadium where Duke will be auctioning off signed jerseys, soccer balls, posters, etc. All money raised will go towards the Blue Devils vs. Cancer student group at Duke.
The Series With Boston College...
Duke and Boston College will meet for the 10th time in school history with the Blue Devils leading the overall series, 4-3-2. In matches played in Durham, N.C., Duke holds a record of 2-0-1 and has outscored the Eagles, 5-0.
In the meeting last season at Boston College, Duke received a header in the 67th minute to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 victory in a matchup of top-five teams. Laura Weinberg scored two first half goals and Mollie Lester added a late goal in the last meeting in Durham, N.C., as the Blue Devils posted a 3-0 victory on Oct. 21, 2010.
A Look at Boston College...
Boston College enters Sunday with an 8-3-2 overall record, including a 2-2 mark in league play. The Eagles have been led by senior Kristen Mewis with nine goals, six assists and 24 points on the year. freshman McKenzie Meehan also owns seven goals and sophomore Stephanie McCaffrey has six. Boston College started the season with a 7-0-2 record, but has lost three out of its last four to ranked opponents.
Blue Devils at Home...
In five contests so far this season at Koskinen Stadium, the Blue Devils have posted a 4-0-1 record and outscored their opponents, 22-5, including 11-2 in the first half. Duke enters Sunday’s match at home with an 18-0-2 record at Koskinen Stadium dating back to last season.
The 14 home wins in 2011 was an all-time high and marked only the third undefeated home record in school history (1992, 1994). In 2011, Duke outscored its opponents 38-6 at home.
The Blue Devils have an all-time record of 163-55-20 in home contests at Koskinen Stadium. In head coach Robbie Church’s 12 years with the Blue Devils, Duke has posted an 82-20-13 mark.
Weinberg On Fire...
Junior Laura Weinberg has scored goals in seven out of the last nine contests and has been held scoreless in only four matches this year. She now owns 13 goals on the season, which is a new career high for the junior.
The 13 goals on the year ranks tied for seventh on Duke’s single-season goals list along with Samantha Baggett. The most goals in a season was 18 in 1994 by Duke’s all-time leading scorer Kelly Walbert. Her 30 points this season ranks eighth on Duke’s single-season charts as well.
Weinberg leads the ACC in points (30), goals (13), goals per game (1.0) and shots (58).
• Laura Weinberg has registered the game-winning goal in all three of Duke’s ACC wins.
• The Blue Devils are 8-0 this season when posting three or more goals.
• Duke has scored 20 first half goals this season, but the Blue Devils have been held scoreless in the opening frame in three out of the last four contests.
• Kim DeCesare, Kaitlyn Kerr and Katie Trees each lead Duke with two header goals on the season. As a team, the Blue Devils have eight on the year.
• In four overtime matches this year, Duke owns a 2-1-1 record, while Laura Weinberg has notched two golden goals against Miami and Virginia Tech.
• The Blue Devils were shutout for only the second time this season last Sunday at Virginia. In both matches Duke has been shutout, the Blue Devils have outshot their opponent, 19-14.
• Duke owns a 4-2 record this season in true road contests.
• The Blue Devils currently own a 3-3-1 overall record this season against ranked opponents.
• The Blue Devils are averaging 20.5 shots a match and have taken 267 in 13 contests.
• Mollie Pathman has notched two assists in six matches since returning from the U-20 World Cup.
• Duke has been ranked in the top 10 nationally for 20 straight weeks going back to last year. It is the longest streak in school history.
• The Blue Devils have posted double-digit shots on goal in four matches this season -- Elon (17), San Diego (14), Clemson (14) and Miami (11).
• Dating back to last season, all seven of the Blue Devil losses have been by one goal.
• Duke has scored 40 goals this year, which is more than 10 Blue Devil teams - 2006 (29), 2001 (26),1998 (22), 1991 (33), 2005 (34), 2007 (34), 2009 (34), 1988 (34) 2002 (37) and 1996 (37).
• All five of Duke’s defenders who have started has registered at least one assist on the year.
• Duke allowed a total of 13 goals a season ago, but has already let in 16 goals in 2012. Of the 16 goals, two have been own goals this season.
• The Blue Devils have outscored opponents, 20-6, in the first half this season.
• Eight different players have scored goals on the season.
• The Blue Devils have outshot their opponents, 123-49, in the first half this season.
• Tara Campbell (279) moved into third place on Duke’s all-time saves in the Florida State match passing Allison Lipsher (265).
• 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.
Weinberg Moving Up the Career Charts...
With her 31 career goals, Laura Weinberg now ranks fifth on Duke’s all-time scoring list, while her 72 points is seventh. Weinberg is also tied for seventh in game-winning goals (9) and second in multi-goal games (8). She has 13 goals in 13 matches and four assists this year. Her career best in a season was 10 goals as a freshman.
In the Rankings...
Duke dropped to No. 9 in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire ledger, while falling to No. 7 in the Soccer America and tied for sixth in the SoccerTimes.com ledgers. Boston College is No. 13 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Ledger and No. 23 in the Soccer America poll.
Blue Devil Defense Nets Shutout...
For only the third time this season, the Blue Devils registered a shutout against Clemson. Duke held the Lady Tigers to only four shots on the night and zero on goal. The Blue Devils have also notched shutouts against Elon and Washington State. Duke is coming off a season where it posted a school-record 16 shutouts a year ago.
Anasi Producing Blog Via espnW...
Check espnW each week for junior Natasha Anasi’s latest blog. This week she shows off Duke’s new lockerroom that was redesigned. Just head to espnW and then click on Athlete’s Life for the blogs.
In the ACC Stats...
The Blue Devils boast four players in the top nine in points -- Laura Weinberg (1st, 30), Kim DeCesare (6th, 20), Gilda Doria (T7th, 16) and Cassie Pecht (T9th, 15). In goals, Weinberg (1st, 13) and DeCesare (T4th, 8) are listed, while Pecht leads the league in assists (7). Doria is tied second (6).
In conference games only, Weinberg is tied for first in points (12), second in points per game (2.0), first in goals (6) and tied for first in goals per game (1.0). Weinberg is averaging 5.0 shots per match to lead the league. Pecht is tied for first with three assists, while Weinberg leads the game-winning goals category with three.
As a team, Duke leads the league in points (120), goals (40), goals per game (3.08), second in assists (40) and tied for first in assists per game (3.08).
Pecht Making Impact...
Coming in as a freshman, Cassie Pecht has made an immediate impact as she has totaled four goals and seven assists, while starting all 13 matches. She has notched a goal or assist in nine of the 13 contests this year. With no goals or assists in the last two contests, she has been held without a point for the first time this year in back-to-back games. Pecht, who is out of Mechanicsburg, Pa., has played both the forward and midfield positions so far this season.
Her seven assists on the season already ranks tied for the fourth-highest single-season total by a Duke freshman. The school record is 11 by Andi Melde.