No. 16 Duke (10-2-1) vs. No. 11 Clemson (9-3-0)
October 13, 2017 | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
SETTING THE SCENE
The 16th-ranked Blue Devils, riding a three-game win streak, play host to No. 11 Clemson Friday night. Duke will be looking for three points to maintain its spot near the top of the Coastal Division standings, while Clemson looks to pull away from NC State in the Atlantic Division. The game will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra and can be seen on WatchESPN.com or via the ESPN app.
DUKE – CLEMSON BY THE NUMBERS
15.46 – Duke’s shots per game average in 2017, the third most in the ACC
8.6 – Shots per game allowed by Clemson this season, including just 3.4 on goal
8 – Goals by Brian White in 2017, a career-high and one of 29 nationally to have at least eight
5 – Shutouts for Duke goalie Will Pulisic, the most in the ACC, one of 39 in the nation and one of eight freshmen
7-1-1 – Duke’s record at home this season with the lone loss coming to Louisville
1-2-0 – Clemson’s road record with losses at NC State and Wake Forest
9-0-1 – Duke’s record when scoring first this season
7 – Duke’s RPI in the most recent RPI, prior to its win over Georgetown
13 – Clemson’s RPI heading into Friday’s matchup
5-12-2 – Duke’s record under John Kerr against top 25 foes when ranked in the top 25
177 – Of the 6350 minutes Duke has played in the past three seasons in which Markus Fjørtoft has not been on the field
Duke and Clemson are playing for the 55th time in the programs’ storied histories. The Blue Devils hold the narrow 26-23-5 lead and are 3-1-1 in the past five outings. Duke and the Tigers did not face each other last season.
Three out of the four previous meetings have been Duke shutouts with the Blue Devils going 2-0-1 in those three.
DUKE REACHES 10 WINS
With a 10-2-1 overall record, Duke reached the 10-wins mark for the first time since 2015 and for the sixth time under head coach John Kerr.
Kerr’s 2009 squad had 14 wins, the most by a Blue Devil team in his tenure.
LAST TIME OUT
Brian White and rookie Daniel Wright both tallied goals and Will Pulisic made eight saves to lead the 19th-ranked Blue Devils to an upset of 10th-ranked Georgetown in Washington D.C. The win was the 10th for Duke this season and second over a top 25 opponent.
Duke scored first in the 25th minute on a White header. Georgetown, putting the Blue Devils under immense pressure, evened the score in the 66th minute, but Wright answered for Duke just 1:09 later for what proved to be the game winner.
LAST TIME WE MET
Duke suffered its first ACC men’s soccer setback of 2015, falling to 14th-ranked Clemson 2-1 at Historic Riggs Field. Sophomore Brian White had the goal for the No. 16 Blue Devils.
The Tigers scored the game-winner in the 55th minute and held off a furious charge from the Blue Devils for the win. T.J. Casner and Oliver Shannon had the goals for Clemson.
DUKE STAYS IN POLLS
Duke moved up to 16th in the most recent coaches’ poll, its highest ranking since it was No. 16 the week of Sept. 15, 2015.
Duke, ranked for the third straight week, is ranked for multiple consecutive weeks for the first time since it was in the top 25 for much of the 2010 season.
DUKE MOVES INTO TOP 10 of RPI
Duke debuted at No. 12 in the first nationally released RPI rankings and moved up to seventh following a pair of victories. The Blue Devils are one of six ACC programs in the top 7 and they have games remaining against Nos. 5, 6 and 13.
RPI Top 15
|1.||Michigan St.||Big Ten||9-1-2|
|2.||Wake Forest||Atlantic Coast||11-1-0|
|3.||North Carolina||Atlantic Coast||11-2-0|
|5.||Notre Dame||Atlantic Coast||8-2-1|
|11.||Air Force||Western Athletic||9-1-1|
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS
Duke begins the final few weeks of the regular season on a three-game win streak and ranked 16th nationally. The Blue Devils are 10-1-2 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Brian White headlines the offense with eight goals and an assist for 17 points. His eight tallies are a career best, while his 17 points are one more than he had in 17 outings last season. Daniele Proch is next in line with four goals and 10 points overall in his first year as a Blue Devil and Markus Fjørtoft and Cameron Moseley have contributed three goals. Outside back Carter Manley has a team-high four assists.
Will Pulisic is 10-2-1 in goal with a 0.90 goals against average and a .769 save percentage. He owns 40 saves and an ACC-best five shutouts in his 13 starts.
AT HOME IN THE ACC
Duke is 16-13-8 in ACC home games since 2008 for a .541 win percentage.
The current Blue Devils are 6-5-6 against conference foes at Koskinen Stadium.
SUCCESSFUL SIX DAYS for DUKE
Last week was a busy one for the Blue Devils as they played three games in six days. Duke outlasted Elon 1-0 Oct. 3, traveled to Pittsburgh and bested the Panthers 2-0 Oct. 6 and capped the week with a 2-1 victory at No. 10 Georgetown Oct. 9. The three games came in a span of six days or 126 hours.
Clemson comes to Durham with a 9-3-0 overall record and 2-3 mark against ACC foes. The 11th-ranked Tigers own league victories over Boston College and Pittsburgh.
Jason Wright is the top scorer with seven goals and 16 points, while Diego Campos has four tallies and eight assists. The Tigers are averaging 2.42 goals per game to rank sixth nationally in scoring offense. They have been shut out just once in 2017.
In goal, Xiao Miralles sports a 0.87 goals against average and a .737 save percentage. He has 28 saves in his 12 starts as Clemson allows just 3.42 shots on goal per game.
DUKE VS RANKED TEAMS
Duke will play its fifth ranked team Friday against Clemson. The Blue Devils dropped tough one-goal losses to then No. 8 North Carolina (2-1) and No. 8 Louisville (1-0) and upset No. 11 Syracuse and No. 10 Georgetown on the road. They have three more ranked opponents on the schedule.
Under John Kerr, Duke is 9-14-1 against ranked teams when unranked and 5-12-2 against top 25 teams when also ranked in the top 25.
The Blue Devils own three top 25 wins in a season twice, winning three in 2015 and 2008. Duke is 2-1-0 in 2017 and went 2-6-0 last year.
- Ranked when Unranked: 9-14-1
- Ranked when Ranked: 5-12-2
- Unranked when Ranked: 21-16-8
WHITE RIDING STEADY SCORING PACE
Senior striker Brian White is averaging 0.62 goals per game and to rank seventh in the ACC and among the top 50 nationally. He has eight goals in 13 games and has one in four of the past six outings.
He buried two of goals against Fordham in August to record his first multiple goal game of his career.
White is third in the ACC with eight goals and one of only 29 Division I players to have at least eight goals on the year. His 17 points are tied for seventh in the ACC and rank tied for 29th nationally.
WILL PULISIC NOTES
Rookie goalkeeper Will Pulisic leads the ACC with five shutouts and is one of eight freshmen with at least five clean sheets.
He registered the game-winning assist for the Blue Devils against Wisconsin, marking the first time since 2007 a goalie has had an assist.
Pulisic garnered his first career weekly honor after helping the Blue Devils to a pair of shutouts to start the season. Named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week, Pulisic had five saves in his first two games.
Pulisic’s five shutouts surpass Duke’s total from 2016 and are the most since Alex Long had seven in 2013. The individual record for shutouts is 13 by Pat Johnston in 1983 and 1985. James Belshaw had eight in 2012, the most under John Kerr.
Duke gets another break before hitting the road for the first time this season to Notre Dame. The Blue Devils finish the season at home against Delaware and Virginia.