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No. 11 Duke Hosts No. 21 Utah for Final Non-Conference Match
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/10/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. – Fresh off a Friday shutout at No. 3 West Virginia, the 11th-ranked Duke Blue Devils (6-1-0) look to push their winning streak to seven-straight games when they host the 21st-ranked Utah Utes (4-1-1) Monday night at Koskinen Stadium for the final non-conference tilt of 2017.

The top 25 matchup is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET, with the broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Ryan Craig and Jason Garey will have the call and fans can access the broadcast through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.

Fans looking to attend Monday night’s contest can purchase tickets by contacting the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at (919) 681-BLUE (2583), call (877) 375-3853 or visit www.GoDuke.com/tickets. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 each for groups of 10 or more. Kids five and under receive free admission. Duke American flag phone wallets will be available for early arriving fans.

First responders (Police, Firefighters, EMS, Sheriff’s Department, Highway Patrol and their families) will get in free when they notify the ticket window at either of the two entrances to Koskinen Stadium.

Monday will be the first meeting between the Blue Devils and Utes. Duke is 2-0 this season against first-time opponents after defeating Xavier and Bucknell in August.

Duke will look to keep its momentum rolling after a dominating 4-0 victory at No. 3 West Virginia on Friday. The Blue Devils earned goals from Imani Dorsey, Kat McDonald and a brace from Kayla McCoy to light up the scoreboard, while EJ Proctor recorded her second-straight shutout. Dorsey will look to keep her goal scoring streak alive, as she has scored in the last six matches. She is currently tied with Casey McCluskey’s six-game goal streak in 2004 for the school record.

With a win, Duke would match its longest winning streak since capturing seven-straight victories in 2011. It would also mark the longest non-conference winning streak since 1992, when head coach Bill Hempen’s squad reeled off eight straight outside of ACC play.

League play will be next up for the Blue Devils, as head coach Robbie Church and company will welcome Virginia Tech to town for a Sunday, Sept. 17 match at Koskinen. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET, on ACC Network Extra with ticket information available at GoDuke.com/tickets.

Match Day Info…

Monday, Sept. 11
No. 11 Duke (6-1-0) vs. No. 21 Utah (4-1-1) – 7:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Durham, N.C.
Koskinen Stadium

Last Time Out…
The Blue Devils put together their biggest victory of the 2017 season to date when they traveled to Morgantown and shut down the No. 3 West Virginia Mountaineers, 4-0. Imani Dorsey put in the game’s first goal, extending her goal-scoring streak to six-straight matches to tie a school record. Kat McDonald tallied her first-career goal to put Duke up 2-0 at the half. Kayla McCoy earned her third-career two-goal performance, scoring two in the second half to put the nail in the coffin.

Defensively, EJ Proctor recorded her second-straight shutout, making five saves in the process. Morgan Reid, Chelsea Burns, Schuyler DeBree and Taylor Mitchell all turned in 90-minute showings to help secure the shutout. 

Friday, Sept. 8
No. 11 Duke def. No. 3 West Virginia, 4-0 (RecapStats)

A Blue Devil Win Would…

  • Put the Blue Devils at 1-0-0 against the Utes
  • Give the Blue Devils a seven-match winning streak, the longest since reeling off seven-consecutive wins in 2011
  • Hand Duke its longest winning streak in regular season non-conference play since earning eight straight from Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 of the 1992 season
  • Put the Blue Devils at 12-18-0 against Pac 12 opponents


In the Rankings...

Duke moved up to No. 11 in both the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) and Soccer America polls, while placing sixth in TopDrawerSoccer’s week four top 25. Utah is 21st in the USC rankings, 23rd in Soccer America and 15th in TopDrawerSoccer.

In the final 2016 NCAA RPI, Duke finished at No. 12, with the Blue Devils’ five losses coming to No. 1 West Virginia, No. 13 Clemson, No. 15 Florida State and No. 17 Arkansas. Utah finished last year at No. 19. The first RPI rankings of 2017 come out Sept. 18.

Scouting The Utes...
Utah will look to get back in the win column on Monday when it makes its trip to Durham after drawing BYU on Friday, 1-1. Seven different Utes have scored this season, with Hailey Skolmoski (six goals) and Paola Van der Veen (five goals) leading the way. Both have 13 points. Carly Nelson has been Utah’s primary keeper, playing in six contests (527:17 minutes), making 11 saves and holding a 4-1-1 record.

The Series with Utah...

Overall:
 First Meeting
In Durham: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Current Streak: First Meeting

Leading The Blue Devils…

Points:
Imani Dorsey, 13
Goals: Imani Dorsey, 6
Assists: K. McCoy, T. Racioppi & E. Stevens, 2
Shots: Taylor Racioppi, 27
Shots On Goal: Imani Dorsey, 17
Game-Winning Goals: Chelsea Burns & Imani Dorsey, 2
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.40
Saves: EJ Proctor, 11
Save Percentage: EJ Proctor, .786

2017 Blue Devil Goal Tracker…

  1. Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens & Imani Dorsey) at No. 6 North Carolina – Aug. 18, 2017 (24:46)
  2. Kayla McCoy (Taylor Racioppi) vs. Xavier – Aug. 20, 2017 (16:17)
  3. Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) vs. Xavier – Aug. 20, 2017 (73:10)
  4. Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) vs. Xavier – Aug, 20, 2017 (89:40)
  5. Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) vs. Bucknell – Aug. 25, 2017 (44:15)
  6. Imani Dorsey (Kayla McCoy & Taylor Racioppi) vs. Bucknell – Aug. 25, 2017 (51:22)
  7. Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (14:45)
  8. Kayla McCoy (Unassisted) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (21:14)
  9. Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (61:42)
  10. Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) vs. UNCW – Sept. 1, 2017 (38:55)
  11. Ella Stevens (Unassisted) vs. Auburn – Sept. 3, 2017 (23:59)
  12. Imani Dorsey (Kayla McCoy) vs. Auburn – Sept. 3, 2017 (55:12)
  13. Imani Dorsey (Rebecca Quinn) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (28:27)
  14. Kat McDonald (Unassisted) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (37:44)
  15. Kayla McCoy (Schuyler DeBree) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (52:27)
  16. Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (62:09)

 

Need To Know…

  • Looking to continue one of the hottest streaks in school history, the No. 11 Blue Devils welcome the No. 21 Utah Utes to Durham after dominating No. 3 West Virginia. Imani Dorsey, Kat McDonald and Kayla McCoy scored in the match, as McCoy tallied the third brace of her career.

  • Dorsey tallied Friday night’s game-winning goal and extended her goal-scoring streak to six-straight matches, tying a school record set by Casey McCluskey in 2004.

  • The Blue Devils have won six-straight matches, the longest winning streak since tallying seven-straight victories in 2011.

  • Leading the Duke attack is Dorsey, who tops the team with six scores. That total is is tied for first in the ACC. Also providing some pressure on the offensive end is Taylor Racioppi, who leads the Blue Devils with 27 shots (3rd in ACC) and a 3.86 shots per game average (6th in ACC).

  • On the defensive end for Duke has been the standouts of Chelsea Burns, Schuyler DeBree and Morgan Reid, as each have started all seven contests and recorded four clean sheets so far this season. Reid has gone the distance in six matches this year, while DeBree has five such contests and Burns two.

  • Duke’s 2017 season has provided with some extreme depth between the posts, as senior EJ Proctor and redshirt freshman Brooke Heinsohn have shared time in goal. Proctor has drawn five starts (408:12 minutes), while Heinsohn has two (225:00 minutes). Heinsohn leads the team with a 0.40 goals against average and Proctor is tops with 11 saves.


Dorsey Cannot Be Stopped…
It’s been a fantastic start to the 2017 season for senior Imani Dorsey. The Elkridge, Md., native has collected a point in all seven matches so far and has scored in a goal in six-straight games. That stretch ties a school record set by Casey McCluskey, who scored in six-straight contests in 2004. Through seven games she is just one short of tying her career high for scores in a season (7 in 2015). For her dominance last weekend, which included the game winner against UNCW, Dorsey landed on TopDrawerSoccer’s Team of the Week.

Snapping Streaks In Morgantown…
Friday night’s shutout win in Morgantown did more than give the Blue Devils revenge for a pair of losses last season, including a heartbreaker in the NCAA quarterfinals. Duke also delivered West Virginia its first home loss in regulation since Aug. 29, 2014 (43-straight match streak), when the Blue Devils shut out the Mountaineers 2-0.

Goal No. 1 For McDonald…
Junior Kat McDonald is known for her heart, hustle and grind on the field. Friday night she added goal scoring to the list. The Raleigh, N.C., native tallied her first-career goal in Duke’s 4-0 win at West Virginia with a running shot from just outside the 18’ at the 37:44 mark.

Proctor And Dorsey Moving Up The Record Book…
After Friday’s win, senior EJ Proctor made moves in the Duke career record book. Proctor upped her GAA to 0.77, which is tops in school history, while her 23 shutouts put her seven behind third place. Imani Dorsey also made some moves of her own, as she now has nine-career game-winning goals to move her up to a tie for ninth in school history.

The G.O.A.T. Captures Win No. 200…
Last Friday’s win was more than just a mark in the win column for the Blue Devils. The victory gave head coach Robbie Church his 200th victory as the boss of Duke women’s soccer, a career that spans over 17 seasons with 14 NCAA Tournament appearances and two NCAA Finalist nods. With the win, Church becomes the sixth active ACC coach to capture 200 victories at his or her respective school.

Gibbons Closing In On #NCAAWOTY award…
Former Blue Devil standout Christina Gibbons moved another step closer to the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award on Wednesday, as she was named one of the Top 30 honorees for the award. A former NSCAA First Team All-American, Gibbons will now wait for the top 30 will be paired down to three from each division later this month, with the overall winner announced Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.

Live Broadcast…
Monday’s match will be streamed on ACC Network Extra. Ryan Craig and Jason Garey will be on the call. Fans can access the broadcast through WatchESPN.com, the ESPN app or by clicking the link below.

No. 11 Duke vs. No. 21 Utah ACC Network Extra Broadcast

Live Stats…
Duke will provide live stats for Monday’s contest. Fans can access them through the link below.

No. 11 Duke vs. No. 21 Utah Live Stats

Ticket Information…
Fans looking to attend Monday’s match 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 www.GoDuke.com/tickets.

Promotional Info…
The Duke athletic marketing staff will be giving away Duke American flag phone wallets to early arriving fans for Monday’s match. First responders (Police, Firefighters, EMS, Sheriff’s Department, Highway Patrol and their families) will get in free when they notify the ticket window at either of the two entrances to Koskinen Stadium.

Up Next…

Friday, Sept. 8
No. 11 Duke (6-1-0) vs. Virginia Tech (6-0-1) – 2:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Durham, N.C.
Koskinen Stadium


Social Media…
For more information on Duke women’s soccer, follow the Blue Devils on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for “DukeWSoc”. You can also find all-access coverage of all Duke athletic programs on SnapChat by searching for “dukeathletics”.

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