DURHAM, N.C. – After a pair of shutouts that have put them on a five-match winning streak, the 13th-ranked Duke women’s soccer Blue Devils (5-1-0) sets its sights on a crucial weekend. As the Blue Devils prepare to travel to No. 3 West Virginia and host No. 21 Utah, it’s time to take a look back at last week and the 2017 season as a whole with the fourth edition of the 2017 DWS Weekly Notebook.
The Blue Devils just keep on winning, as they defeated UNCW and Auburn in the Duke Nike Classic to up its winning streak to five-straight matches. Imani Dorsey tallied a goal in each game, moving her goal scoring streak to five-straight matches, while Ella Stevens contributed a spectacular free kick score in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat of SEC foe Auburn. Brooke Heinsohn recorded the shutout on Friday night, while EJ Proctor earned the clean sheet on Sunday.
Friday, Sept. 1
No. 13 Duke def. UNCW, 1-0 (Recap, Stats)
Blue Devils Set For Pair Of Ranked Showdowns…
A big weekend is in store for the Duke women’s soccer program, as the Blue Devils will battle No. 3 West Virginia and No. 21 Utah in week four action. The Blue Devils head to Morgantown, W.V., for a Friday, Sept. 8 showdown at 7 p.m. ET, with the broadcast on www.wvusports.com. Duke will then return home to host the 21st-ranked Utah Utes in a 7 p.m. showdown Monday, Sept. 11. That contest will be streamed on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
DWS In The News…
- Duke women’s soccer shuts outs Auburn 2-0 in fifth-straight victory (The Chronicle)
- Duke women’s soccer’s 1-0 victory gives Robbie Church 200th career win (The Chronicle)
- Blue Devils at 11th in United Soccer Coaches poll (United Soccer Coaches)
- Blue Devils jump up to No. 6 in week three TDS Top 25 (TopDrawerSoccer.com)
- Dorsey Lands on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Team of the Week (TopDrawerSoccer.com)
- Duke up to 11th in Soccer America Top 25 (SoccerAmerica.com)
Blue Devils In The ACC & NCAA Statistical Standings…
|Category||Stat||ACC Rank||NCAA Rank|
|Shots Per Game||18.67||3rd||19th|
|SOG Per Game||8.33||5th||36th|
|Corner Kicks Per Game||6.50||6th||35th|
|Goals Against Average||.663||6th||65th|
|Category||Stat||ACC Rank||NCAA Rank|
|SOG Per Game||2.67||1st||8th|
|Goals Per Game||0.83||2nd||24th|
|Points Per Game||1.83||3rd||37th|
|Shots Per Game||3.83||7th||47th|
|Goals Against Average||.849||10th||101st|
|Shots Per Game||4.17||5th||33rd|
|SOG Per Game||1.50||13th||138th|
|Shots Per Game||3.00||12th||127th|
Leading The Blue Devils…
Points: Imani Dorsey, 11
Goals: Imani Dorsey, 5
Assists: Kayla McCoy & Taylor Racioppi, 2
Shots: Taylor Racioppi, 25
Shots On Goal: Imani Dorsey, 16
Game-Winning Goals: Chelsea Burns, 2
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.40
Saves: EJ Proctor, 6
Save Percentage: Brooke Heinsohn, .750
2017 Blue Devil Goal Tracker…
- Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens & Imani Dorsey) at No. 6 North Carolina – Aug. 18, 2017 (24:46)
- Kayla McCoy (Taylor Racioppi) vs. Xavier – Aug. 20, 2017 (16:17)
- Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) vs. Xavier – Aug. 20, 2017 (73:10)
- Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) vs. Xavier – Aug, 20, 2017 (89:40)
- Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) vs. Bucknell – Aug. 25, 2017 (44:15)
- Imani Dorsey (Kayla McCoy & Taylor Racioppi) vs. Bucknell – Aug. 25, 2017 (51:22)
- Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (14:45)
- Kayla McCoy (Unassisted) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (21:14)
- Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (61:42)
- Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) vs. UNCW – Sept. 1, 2017 (38:55)
- Ella Stevens (Unassisted) vs. Auburn – Sept. 3, 2017 (23:59)
- Imani Dorsey (Kayla McCoy) vs. Auburn – Sept. 3, 2017 (55:12)
Blue Devils Ready For Strong Test At No. 3 West Virginia…
It will be a clash of two of the best teams in the nation on Friday, as the Blue Devils head to Morgantown, W.V., to take on the third-ranked Mountaineers. After dropping a heartbreaker last season at WVU in the NCAA quarterfinals, head coach Robbie Church and company are excited for the opportunity that lies ahead.
“We have wonderful opportunities coming up starting with going up to West Virginia, who just beat the No. 1 team in the country last night,” Church said. “We’re ready to get up there and take on that challenge.”
Duke is 1-2-1 all-time against West Virginia, with the Mountaineers having won the last two meetings. The Blue Devils’ win came in 2014, when they defeated WVU 2-0 in Morgantown.
Church Captures Win No. 200 At Duke…
Not even severe weather and a two-hour delay could stop the Blue Devils from making a little history Friday night at Koskinen Stadium. Once Duke was able to take the field, it needed 90 minutes and a single goal from Imani Dorsey to deliver head coach Robbie Church his 200th victory as head coach of the Blue Devils.
“I just want to say thank you to all the players and staff that we’ve had in our program,” Church said on his 200th win at Duke. “And also for the support of Dr. [Chris] Kennedy and Dr. [Kevin] White, as well as Joe Alleva who hired me 17 years ago. It means a lot.”
With the wins over the weekend, Church is now at 201 wins as the leader of Duke women’s soccer. In his 17th season, Church is the program’s all-time winningest coach. He also became the sixth active head coach in the ACC to win 200 matches at his or her respective school.
Dorsey On Fire, Named To TDS Team Of The Week…
Senior Imani Dorsey has been on a hot streak since the season began and it showed no signs of slowing down this past weekend.
The Elkridge, Md., native, who leads Duke with five goals and 11 points this season and has scored in the last five contests, owns the longest goal-scoring streak since Casey McCluskey tallied a score in six-straight matches in 2004. Overall, Dorsey has tallied a point in all six contests this season, earning an assist in the season opener against North Carolina and posting a goal in each of the last five games.
Dorsey tallied the lone score in Friday’s victory against UNCW, earning her first game-winning goal of the season. She followed that with a sliding goal off a Kayla McCoy pass in Sunday’s 2-0 triumph against Auburn. For the weekend, Dorsey fired off 11 shots, with eight on target, upping her season shots on goal percentage to a scorching .696.
“I’m just trying to play and feed off my teammates,” Dorsey said after Sunday’s win. “If the game isn’t going my way I work hard defensively and when it is I try to give that energy to my teammates. When I feel like they’re having a good game it helps me play better.”
It's not just the scorers who have been dominant for the Blue Devils so far this season. Duke's defense has been crucial during the five-match winning streak, including helping reel off a pair of shutouts this past weekend at the Duke Nike Classic. EJ Proctor and Brooke Heinsohn each saw a full 90 minutes between the posts this weekend, with Heinsohn leading Duke's 1-0 shutout against UNCW and Proctor pacing the Blue Devils' 2-0 clean sheet versus Auburn. Along with the strong keeper play, a number of Duke defenders contributed a full 90 minutes of play over the weekend. Morgan Reid, Schuyler DeBree and Taylor Mitchell all played the full time in both wins, while fellow back liner Chelsea Burns played 90 against UNCW and 88 minutes against Auburn.
Blue Devils Up To No. 11 In Both Polls…
Holding a 5-1-0 record heading into the fourth weekend of play, the Blue Devils jumped up to No. 11 in both the United Soccer Coaches and Soccer America top 25 rankings. Duke also made a jump in the latest TopDrawerSoccer Top 25, climbing three spots to No. 6.
Fans looking to attend Monday’s contest against Utah and all Duke women’s soccer home events can purchase tickets now. For tickets, contact the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at (919) 681-BLUE (2583), call (877) 375-3853 or visit GoDuke.com/tickets.
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