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No. 18 Duke to Host No. 14 USC Thursday
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/13/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. – In its first public appearance of the 2014 campaign, the preseason 18th-ranked Duke women’s soccer team will host 14th-ranked South Carolina Thursday, Aug. 14 in an exhibition contest at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.  The match will be free admission and start at 7:00 p.m.

The two teams will meet for the second straight year following a 1-0 victory by the Gamecocks last season in the second match of the year for the Blue Devils.  In the loss, Duke outshot South Carolina, 12-5, but the Gamecocks netted a first half goal, which proved to be the game-winner.  

South Carolina returns eight starters and 22 letterwinners from its squad that posted a 17-4-2 overall and 8-2-1 mark in the SEC last season.  The Gamecocks welcome back starting goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo, who notched 12 shutouts and a 0.59 goals-against average.  

Duke is coming off spending the last four days in Wrightsville Beach for preseason training.  Following the match with South Carolina, the Blue Devils will return to Wilmington, N.C., Saturday for an exhibition with UNC Wilmington at 6:00 p.m.  Duke will open the regular season Friday, Aug. 22 at 5:00 p.m., against Ohio State in the UNC Nike Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Head coach Robbie Church and the Blue Devils return seven starters, while welcoming the No. 3 rated recruiting class in the nation, off its squad that advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight a year ago and totaled a 9-9-6 overall record.  

For tickets to all of Duke’s home women’s soccer contests, contact the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at (919) 681-BLUE (2583) or call (877) 375-3853.