Duke (3-0-1) vs. Virginia Tech (2-2-0)
Sept. 8, 2017 | 7 p.m. | RSN Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
SETTING THE SCENE
- Duke and Virginia Tech both open ACC play Friday night in Koskinen Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:07 pm., on Regional Sports Network. Viewers who do not have an affiliate in their area can watch the game online via the WatchESPN app.
- Both teams are hovering in the 20s in the Soccer America top 25 and receiving votes in the latest coaches poll. The Blue Devils are unbeaten at 3-0-1 and Virginia Tech is 2-2.
DUKE BY THE NUMBERS
0 – Times Duke has suffered consecutive losses to Virginia Tech in the 18 meetings
3 – Goals by Brian White through four games, two shy of his total from 2016
3.8 – Average number of goals scored per game between Duke and Virginia Tech in the past nine meetings
25 – Duke’s rank in the most recent Soccer America top 25 poll, the first time Duke has been ranked since coming in at No. 21 in the same poll Sept. 26, 2016
12 – Wins for New York Red Bulls U23 this summer with VT’s Ben Lundgaard and Duke’s Brian White leading the way
6 – Seniors in Duke’s Starting XI against Presbyterian, the most in recent history
4 – Points for senior captain Markus Fjørtoft after three games, one point shy of his career-best five in 2015
18.00 – Shots per game average for Duke, second in the ACC and eighth nationally
12.24 – Shots per game average for the Blue Devils in 2016
177 – Of the 5540 minutes Duke has played in the past three seasons in which Markus Fjørtoft has not been on the field
- Duke and Virginia Tech are meeting for the 19th time overall. The Blue Devils lead the series 11-3-4, but the Hokies own the most recent win.
- Virginia Tech bested Duke 3-1 in Blacksburg last season, but the Hokies have never posted consecutive victories over the Blue Devils.
- The matchups have not been shy of goals overall. Since 2008, John Kerr’s first season, Duke and Virginia Tech are averaging 3.8 goals per game. The Blue Devils own two shutouts in that span – 2012 and 2014. The Hokies’ lone shutouts of Duke came in 2004 and 2006.
LAST TIME OUT
- Duke is coming off of a tough 1-1 double overtime draw with Presbyterian Tuesday night. The Blue Devils battled through a pair of weather delays, but could not come away with the victory.
- Brian White scored the lone goal for Duke, his third of the season, while Will Pulisic had a solid night in goal with three saves and giving up a penalty kick goal.
DUKE CLIMBS INTO SOCCER AMERICA TOP 25
- Sitting at 3-0-1, Duke has climbed to No. 25 in the most recent Soccer America poll. The Blue Devils were last ranked Sept. 26, 2016, 21st in the same poll.
- The Blue Devils are still receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll, coming in at 28th with 42 votes.
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS
- Duke enters ACC play still unbeaten at 3-0-1. The Blue Devils are generating offense, averaging 18 shots per game and nearly nine corner kicks.
- Brian White headlines the offense with three goals and six points, while Ciaran McKenna and Markus Fjørtoft have two goals apiece.
- Will Pulisic is 3-0-1 in goal with a 0.70 goals against average and a .769 save percentage. He owns 10 saves and two shutouts in his three starts.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA TECH
- Virginia Tech’s 2017 campaign got off to a strong start with a 2-0 victory at Creighton. However, the Hokies followed that with a 5-1 loss to Nebraska Omaha and a 1-0 loss to Pacific. They most recently rebounded with a 2-1 triumph over Binghamton.
- Marcelo Acuna paces the offense with three goals. The Hokies only have five goals and three assists in the four games combined. They are averaging just 11 shots per game.
- Ben Lundgaard anchors the defense and has played all 360 minutes. He owns a 1.75 goals against average, mostly due to the five goals in the loss to Omaha, and a .741 save percentage.
FROM FRIEND TO FOE
- Fridays game will feature a matchup of the PDL’s top goal scorer and one of the PDL’s top goalkeepers. Teammates this past summer with New York Red Bulls, Duke’s Brian White will try to work his magic against Lundgaard who anchored the Red Bulls’ stellar defense.
ROOKIES IN STARTING XI
- Duke has had three freshmen in its Starting XI through four games. The Blue Devils are one of three ACC schools to start at least three rookies. Will Pulisic is one of two rookie goalkeepers to be manning the net for his team in 2017.
- NC State has the most freshmen in its starting lineup with five, while Virginia also has three. The Wolfpack’s goalie - Leon Krapf – is the other rookie goalkeeper in the 12-team league.
- Duke has scored a goal in the first half of all three of its wins this season. The Blue Devils tallied 10 goals overall in the opening 45 minutes in 2016.
- Through four games last season, the Blue Devils had just one first-half tally. Duke went 3-1-0 when leading at the half last season and 5-2-1 when scoring first. The Blue Devils are 3-0-0 when leading at the half this season.
GRUELING ACC SLATE
- The Blue Devils have a grueling ACC schedule this season in taking on six teams in the top 11 and a seventh which is receiving votes. Five of their opponents are in the top 10.
|Sept. 8||Virginia Tech||RV|
|Sept. 16||vs. North Carolina||10|
|Sept. 22||at Syracuse||7|
|Oct. 20||at Notre Dame||6|
HOME SWEET HOME
- The Blue Devils feature a busy home schedule in 2017, playing at Koskinen Stadium 12 times. Duke is amidst a five-game homestand to start the season and doesn’t play a true road game until Sept. 22 at Syracuse. Duke’s lone non-conference road game will be at Georgetown Oct. 9.
- Under John Kerr, Duke is 69-24-15 at home for a .708 win percentage. The Blue Devils’ best season was 2009, going 12-1-0 at home.
- The Blue Devils will not play midweek as they prepare for the annual rivalry game with No. 10 North Carolina. Kickoff is set for Sept. 16 at 7 p.m., in Greensboro.
- Duke returns home the following Tuesday to host Big Ten foe Wisconsin Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. That game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.