Thursday, Sept. 13 • 7:00 PM • ESPN3
Tallahassee, Fla. • Seminole Soccer Complex
No. 2 Duke Travels to No. 1 Florida State on Thursday on ESPN3...
The second-ranked Duke women’s soccer team (6-1) will head to Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday, Sept. 13 to open ACC action against top-ranked Florida State (6-0) at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The match will be the first league action for both teams and will pit the No. 1 vs. No. 2 teams nationally up against each other.
Thursday’s contest will be aired live on ESPN3 with Tom Block (PXP) and Amanda DaCosta (Color) calling the action. Fans can also follow the match via twitter @Duke_WSOC.
The Series With Florida State...
Duke and Florida State will face each other for the 20th time in school history with Duke leading the overall series, 8-7-4. In matches played in Tallahassee, Fla., Duke owns a 3-4 mark, including losses in five straight. The Blue Devils last defeated the Seminoles at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Oct. 24, 1999, 3-1.
The series has favored the home team overall as Duke owns a 5-0-4 ledger against FSU at home. In last year’s contest in Durham, N.C., the Blue Devils went ahead 1-0 in the 40th minute on a goal by senior Chelsea Canepa. Kelly Cobb added a goal in the 89th minute to put the Blue Devils ahead 2-0, but FSU scored its lone goal 40 seconds later to give Duke a 2-1 victory.
A Look at Florida State...
Florida State enters Thursday’s match with a 6-0 record and has only allowed three goals all season. The Seminoles are led by Tiffany McCarty with three goals and two assists for eight points on the year. Kelsey Wys is one of the top goalkeepers in the nation and she already has three shutouts on the season and 18 saves.
Duke will stay in the state of Florida to face Miami on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1:00 p.m. The contest will be aired live on ESPN3.
Blue Devils vs. No. 1...
Duke is 2-13 all-time when playing the top-ranked team in the nation. The Blue Devils’ upsets include a 2-1 win over No. 1 North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Oct. 9, 2005 and a 3-1 victory last season over Notre Dame on Aug. 28, 2011 in the Carolina Nike Classic.
• 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 eight goals in 2012. Of the eight 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, 17-3, in the first half this season.
• Eight different players have scored goals on the season.
• The Blue Devils have outshot their opponents, 68-19, in the first half this season.
• Laura Weinberg has scored goals in three straight contests.
• Tara Campbell (264) needs one save to move into a tie for third place on Duke’s all-time saves chart along with 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.
• The Blue Devils will play on the road for the third time this season. Duke has outscored its opponents, 6-2, in those two contests at William & Mary and USC.
• Freshman Cassie Pecht continues to shine early this season with three goals and four assists. She has started all seven contests.
In the Rankings...
Duke moved up two spots to No. 2 in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire and Soccer America rankings.
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 over the weekend with a 1-0 victory over Germany. Florida State’s Kassey Kallman was also on the team.
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.
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.
Duke in the NCAA Stats...
With the NCAA stats being released this week, the Blue Devils currently have three in the top 23 of points per game -- Laura Weinberg (T7th, 2.57), Kim DeCesare (T9, 2.50) and Gilda Doria (T23, 2.00). In goals per game, DeCesare (T9, 1.0) and Weinberg (T9, 1.0) are ranked. Doria is tied for 28th with four assists. In total points, Weinberg is tied seventh (18) and DeCesare is tied 18th (14).
As a team, Duke leads the nation with 29 goals and a 4.14 goals per game average. The next closest teams are Ole Miss and Middle Tennessee with a 3.71 per game average.
High Scoring Offense...
With its 4.14 goals per game average and 29 goals through seven games, the Blue Devils are scoring like no other Blue Devil team coached by Robbie Church. In his previous 11 years, the most goals his Duke team has scored through seven matches is 25 in 2008 for an average of 3.57.
Duke’s previous record for most goals through even matches was 25 in both 1989 and 1993. The highest goals per game average for a season is 3.05 in 1989 with 67 goals in 22 matches.
Weinberg Moving Up the Career Charts...
With her 25 career goals, Laura Weinberg now ranks eighth on Duke’s all-time scoring list, while her 60 points is one shy of moving into a tie for 10th all-time along with Meegan McMullin (61). She has seven goals in seven matches and four assists this year. Her career best in a season was 10 as a freshman.
A Look Back...
Over the weekend, Duke registered nine goals and two victories against San Diego and eighth-ranked Marquette. The Blue Devils downed the Toreros, 4-1, as Gilda Doria scored two goals, while Kaitlyn Kerr posted a goal and two assists.
Versus Marquette, Duke notched a 5-2 victory as Laura Weinberg posted two goals. Weinberg notched three goals and one assist over the weekend, while Doria had three goals. Weinberg, Doria, Kerr and Libby Jandl were selected to the All-Tournament team.
Trees Nets Starts...
Sophomore Katie Trees started up front over the weekend and notched one goal, two assists and four points in those contests. She connected a penalty kick against eighth-ranked Marquette. Her 10 shots on goal ranks second on the Blue Devil squad.
Trees is a two-sport athlete as she is also a member of the lacrosse team at Duke. As a freshman, Trees was injured in the second preseason and was out about a month. She struggled getting back into the lineup all last season.
DeCesare Flourishing at the Forward Slot...
Following moving from the midfield to center forward position this fall, redshirt junior Kim DeCesare had a solid start to the season with six goals and three assists through five matches. She was injured in the first five minutes against San Diego with an injured ankle and missed the Marquette contest. She is listed as questionable for the FSU match.
For her efforts, she was named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Player of the Week, ACC Player of the Week, to the Soccer America Team of the Week and TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week in the opening week, following posting three goals and two assists. On Monday, DeCesare was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week, after she notched three goals in two matches at the USC Futbol Classic. She tallied both game-winning goals in the contests.
DeCesare, a native of Massapequa, N.Y., set a previous high for goals in a season was five last season, but has already eclipsed that number with six goals this year scoring in four of the five matches on the year.
Doria Picks Up Scoring...
After scoring only one goal over her first 47 matches, junior Gilda Doria has posted six goals in her last 10 contests dating back to last season. Doria registered a tally in the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament last year and so far this season she has five goals and four assists. She owns 13 career assists in three years with the Blue Devils.