DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke men’s soccer team will head to the Shindigz National Soccer Festival for a pair of exhibition matches after being picked to finish fifth in the Coastal Division in the ACC preseason poll of the league’s 12 coaches.
ACC Releases Preseason Poll
North Carolina has been selected as the favorite to lift the 2017 ACC Championship trophy according to a vote of the ACC’s coaches. The Tar Heels received five first-place votes, while runner-up Wake Forest earned three. North Carolina and the Demon Deacons were picked to finish atop the Coastal and Atlantic Divisions, respectively. Duke was voted to place fifth in the Coastal Division, earning 28 points. Pitt was behind the Blue Devils with 15 points. Overall, Duke ranked ninth of the 12 teams with the 28 points.
ACC Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
North Carolina (5)
Wake Forest (3)
Notre Dame (1)
1. Wake Forest (8) - 62
2. Clemson (3) - 60
3. Louisville (1) - 52
4. Syracuse - 41
5. Boston College - 20
6. NC State - 17
1. North Carolina (9) - 69
2. Virginia (2) - 58
3. Notre Dame (1) - 51
4. Virginia Tech - 31
5. Duke - 28
6. Pitt - 15
Duke Set for Final Tune-Ups in Fort Wayne
The Blue Devils will hit the field against Xavier and Indiana while at the annual preseason tournament held in Fort Wayne, Ind. Duke and the Musketeers kick off Thursday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m., while the Hoosiers away the Blue Devils Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. Thursday’s match will be played at Fort Wayne Sport Club on Field 4, while Saturday’s will be at University of Saint Francis. Tickets can be purchased in advance. The three-day event pass is $15 if purchased early, while early tickets to each game are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Admission on gameday is $10 and $5 for kids.
Duke Opens Exhibition Play with Win
A pair of goals from senior forward Cameron Moseley lifted the Blue Devils to a 2-0 victory over South Carolina in the team’s first exhibition. Moseley scored on a free kick and tacked on another one late in the second half and Duke stifled the Gamecock offense to score the shutout. Joe Ohaus made three saves in the second half, two of which came at point-blank range.
About Xavier and Indiana
Xavier enters Thursday night’s game with the Blue Devils with a 1-1 mark in exhibition play. The Musketeers most recently lost 3-1 at Indiana after besting Marian College 3-0 in their first scrimmage. Xavier is coming off of an 8-8-3 season and features Hermann Trophy Watch List honoree Cory Brown as the anchor to its backline.
Indiana enters the 2017 season ranked seventh in the USC preseason poll. The Hoosiers finished last season ranked ninth and return six starters to the lineup. Their 10-man recruiting class was tabbed fourth nationally as they look to vie for the Big Ten title.
Soccer is Coming in Nine Days
Blue Devil men’s soccer debuts at Koskinen Stadium Aug. 25 in the opening round of the John Rennie Nike Invitational. Duke will play Central Florida at 7:30 p.m., and it will be broadcast by ACC Network Extra. Viewers can catch the action on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app.
How to Follow the Blue Devils in 2017
All 12 of Duke’s home games will be streamed live on the ESPN3 platform. Duke’s contest versus Virginia Tech will be televised by Regional Sports Network as well as carried on ESPN3 for those outside the television market. In addition to the home games, the Blue Devils’ contests at Syracuse and Pittsburgh will be shown on ACC Network Extra. In addition to watching the Blue Devils, fans can follow along behind the scenes via Twitter and Instagram at DukeMSOC.