DURHAM, N.C. – With the 2017 ACC Regular Season Championship in hand, the second-ranked Duke Blue Devils (16-1-0, 9-0-0 ACC) will hit the road again looking to bring home some more hardware to Durham. As the Blue Devils get set for the ACC Tournament Semifinals in Charleston, S.C., it’s time to take a look back at last week and the 2017 season as a whole with the 12th edition of the 2017 DWS Weekly Notebook.
It was a week to remember for the Blue Devils, as they closed out a perfect 10-0-0 conference slate by defeating No. 10 Virginia, 1-0, and captured the 2017 ACC regular season title. Kat McDonald scored the game winner in the 87th minute of play, knocking home a Kayla McCoy cross to seal the win at UVA. Duke returned to action just three days later and defeated Boston College, 3-1, to advance to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2011. Chelsea Burns, Imani Dorsey and McCoy all scored goals in the win.
Thursday, Oct. 26
No. 2 Duke def. No. 10 Virginia, 1-0 (Recap, Stats)
Sunday, Oct. 29
No. 2 Duke def. Boston College, 3-1 (Recap, Stats)
Friday, Nov. 3
No. 2 Duke (18-1-0, 10-0-0 ACC) vs. No. 10 Virginia (11-4-4, 5-2-3 ACC) – 5:30 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
MUSC Health Stadium
DWS In The News…
- Duke women’s soccer wraps up perfect ACC slate behind McDonald’s late goal (The Chronicle)
- Duke women’s soccer advances to ACC semifinals for first time since 2011 (The Chronicle)
- McCoy named to TDS Team of the Week (TopDrawerSoccer.com)
- Final ACC Women’s Soccer Players of the Week Announced (TheACC.com)
- Duke stays at second in latest coaches poll (United Soccer Coaches)
- Blue Devils holds strong at No. 2 on the Soccer America charts (SoccerAmerica.com)
- Duke holding at second in the TDS Top 25 rankings (TopDrawerSoccer.com)
- Duke, South Carolina capture conference titles (TopDrawerSoccer.com)
Blue Devils In The ACC & NCAA Statistical Standings…
|Category||Stat||ACC Rank||NCAA Rank|
|Goals Against Average||.469||1st||10th|
|Points Per Game||6.32||2nd||22nd|
|SOG Per Game||7.47||2nd||46th|
|Assists Per Game||1.68||4th||51st|
|Shots Per Game||15.11||4th||78th|
|Category||Stat||ACC Rank||NCAA Rank|
|SOG Per Game||2.06||2nd||20th|
|Points Per Game||1.50||3rd||37th|
|Goals Per Game||0.56||5th||65th|
|Assists Per Game||0.39||5th||78th|
|Shots Per Game||3.22||6th||91st|
|Goals Per Game||0.58||3rd||55th|
|Points Per Game||1.47||4th||42nd|
|Goals Against Average||.433||1st||10th|
|Assists Per Game||0.37||6th||104th|
Leading The Blue Devils…
Points: Kayla McCoy, 28
Goals: Kayla McCoy, 11
Shots: Imani Dorsey, 58
Shots On Goal: Imani Dorsey, 37
Game-Winning Goals: Kayla McCoy, 4
Goals Against Average: EJ Proctor, 0.43
Saves: EJ Proctor, 35
Save Percentage: EJ Proctor, .833
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)
- Imani Dorsey (Rebecca Quinn) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (28:27)
- Kat McDonald (Unassisted) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (37:44)
- Kayla McCoy (Schuyler DeBree) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (52:27)
- Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (62:09)
- Kayla McCoy (Taylor Mitchell) vs. Utah – Sept. 11, 2017 (81:11)
- Rebecca Quinn (Unassisted) vs. Utah – Sept. 11, 2017 (81:56)
- Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) vs. Virginia Tech – Sept. 17, 2017 (42:41)
- Ashton Miller (Imani Dorsey) vs. Virginia Tech – Sept. 17, 2017 (50:49)
- Imani Dorsey (Karlie Paschall) vs. Virginia Tech – Sept. 17, 2017 (58:42)
- Own Goal at Notre Dame – Sept. 21, 2017 (59:15)
- Imani Dorsey (Taylor Racioppi) at Notre Dame – Sept. 21, 2017 (73:37)
- Malinda Allen (Schuyler DeBree, Ella Stevens) at Notre Dame – Sept. 21, 2017 (75:13)
- Ashton Miller (Unassisted) vs. Pitt – Sept. 24, 2017 (38:37)
- Kayla McCoy (Ashton Miller & Ella Stevens) vs. Pitt – Sept. 24, 2017 (66:16)
- Ella Stevens (Unassisted) at Louisville – Sept. 29, 2017 (23:50)
- Taylor Racioppi (Kayla McCoy) at Louisville – Sept. 29, 2017 (74:18)
- Ashton Miller (Unassisted) at Louisville – Sept. 29, 2017 (102:11)
- Kayla McCoy (Unassisted) vs. NC State – Oct. 5, 2017 (36:49)
- Chelsea Burns (Ashton Miller & Ella Stevens) vs. NC State – Oct. 5, 2017 (49:42)
- Ella Stevens (Chelsea Burns & Imani Dorsey) vs. Florida State – Oct. 8, 2017 (2:37)
- Imani Dorsey (Kayla McCoy) vs. Florida State – Oct. 8, 2017 (21:35)
- Kayla McCoy (Imani Dorsey) vs. Miami – Oct. 15, 2017 (51:24)
- Rebecca Quinn (Unassisted) vs. Miami – Oct. 15, 2017 (57:06)
- Malinda Allen (Olivia Erlbeck) vs. Miami – Oct. 15, 2017 (88:41)
- Taylor Racioppi (Imani Dorsey) at Boston College – Oct. 19, 2017 (3:35)
- Schuyler DeBree (Unassisted) at Boston College – Oct. 19, 2017 (61:27)
- Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens) at Syracuse – Oct. 22, 2017 (8:21)
- Kayla McCoy (Imani Dorsey) at Syracuse – Oct. 22, 2017 (29:38)
- Kat McDonald (Kayla McCoy) at Virginia – Oct. 26, 2017 (86:19)
- Chelsea Burns (Ella Stevens) vs. Boston College – Oct. 29, 2017 (13:01)
- Imani Dorsey (Kayla McCoy) vs. Boston College – Oct. 29, 2017 (26:18)
- Kayla McCoy (Imani Dorsey) vs. Boston College – Oct. 29, 2017 (40:04)
We Are The Champions…
Thanks to a Notre Dame-UNC draw and a 1-0 victory at No. 10 Virginia last Thursday night, the Blue Devils captured the third ACC regular season championship in program history and first since 2011. Duke capped a perfect 10-0-0 conference season, becoming the first team since Virginia in 2013 to finish perfect in ACC play.
The conference crown makes the Blue Devils the second school in ACC history to capture at least three regular season titles, joining North Carolina.
Winning Is Better Than Losing…
After the 3-1 victory on Sunday, Duke women’s soccer extended their program record winning streak to 18-straight matches. During the streak, Duke has defeated five ranked opponents, shut out 12 foes and went 2-0 at its home tournament for the first time since 2012. The 18-game stretch of wins is the longest active winning streak in the NCAA and is the longest in Duke athletics history since the men’s basketball program reeled off 25-straight wins from 2010-11 and is tied for the 15th-longest streak in the athletic department’s history.
Another Day, Another Record Broken…
The winning streak is not the only record the Blue Devils own this year. Duke racked up a program record 10 ACC wins, defeating Virginia Tech, No. 18 Notre Dame, Pitt, Louisville, NC State, No. 16 Florida State, Miami, Boston College, Syracuse and No. 10 Virginia.
Racking Up The Trophies On A Weekly Basis…
For the fifth week this season, a Blue Devil has brought home a weekly honor, as Chelsea Burns and Kayla McCoy took their turn in the spotlight.
Burns was tabbed the ACC Defensive Player of the Week after a weekend that saw her help shutout No. 10 Virginia and tally her sixth goal against Boston College in the opening round of the ACC Tournament. It is the first weekly honor in Burns’ career and the third for a Blue Devil this season, marking the third-straight season that Duke has earned at least three weekly awards.
After tallying a goal and two assists, including the dime on the game winner at No. 10 Virginia, McCoy was named to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week. It is the fifth TDS Team of the Week honor for a Blue Devil this season, as senior Imani Dorsey earned the honor three-straight weeks from Sept. 5 – 19 and sophomore Ella Stevens reeled in the laurel on Oct. 10. This is the first weekly honor of the season for McCoy and her first since earning ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 20, 2016.
Early Goal Emphasis…
Heading into the Florida State contest, head coach Robbie Church put a heavy emphasis on scoring within the first 15 minutes of play and his squad responded. Prior to that game, Duke had just one score within the first 15 minutes, but since then Ella Stevens (2:37 vs. Florida State), Taylor Racioppi (3:35 at Boston College), Kayla McCoy (8:21 at Syracuse) and Chelsea Burns (13:01 vs. Boston College, ACCT) have netted early goals.
A majority of Duke’s 44 goals have come midway through the first half and in the early portion of the second, as the Blue Devils have tallied nine in both the 15:01 – 30:00 and 45:01 – 60:00 stretches. Twenty-two of Duke’s scores have come in the second half.
Set Em Up, Shut Em Down…
There have been a number of storylines to this year’s Duke women’s soccer squad, but one of the best has been the play of the Blue Devil defense. On the year, Duke has allowed just nine goals, outscoring opponents 44-9, and has posted 12 total shutouts after the Virginia win. Over the last 10 matches, the Blue Devils have outscored foes 23-3 and shut out eight opponents, including picking up three ranked victories.
Duke leads the ACC with a .469 goals against average and a .632 shutout percentage, which stand 10th and 13th in the NCAA, respectively. The Blue Devils kept the performance going strong through ACC play, as they earned clean sheets against eight of their 10 conference opponents. That mark is the most in program history.
A major key to Duke’s success on the defensive side of things has been the play of its backline of Schuyler DeBree, Morgan Reid, Chelsea Burns and Taylor Mitchell. DeBree, Reid and Burns have started all 19 contests and recorded 12 clean sheets in the process. Reid has gone the distance in 16 matches this year and played a team-high 1,706 minutes, while DeBree has 15 such performances, Burns has 10 and Mitchell has nine.
Goals On Goals On Goals…
The Blue Devils continue to dominate on the offensive side of the ball as well, tallying three goals on Sunday for their 16th multi-goal match of the season. Duke has scored 44 goals, which leads the ACC and is sixth in the NCAA, up from 14th last week. Ten Blue Devils have scored this year, showing the array of weapons coach Robbie Church has at his disposal, led by junior Kayla McCoy (11 goals) and senior Imani Dorsey (10 goals).
Proctor Nearly Flawless Between The Posts…
It’s been business as usual for EJ Proctor, as Duke shut down Virginia last week to help the Blue Devils clinch a perfect run through conference play. She has been solely responsible for nine of Duke’s 12 shutouts this year, putting her career total at 30, which is third in Duke history.
On the year, Proctor leads the ACC in goals against average (.433) and shutouts (9), standing 10th and 20th in the nation. She is also tops in the conference with a .833 save percentage.
Second To Just One…
Last week the Blue Devils made the jump up to No. 2 in all three polls and they hold strong there entering the second weekend of ACC Tournament play. Duke has been ranked in the top five across the board for seven-straight weeks and in the top two for second-straight week.
Blue Devils In The RPI…
The first official NCAA women’s soccer RPI was released six weeks ago, with Duke opening the year at No. 6. That is the highest Duke has begun a season in the RPI since starting out at No. 3 in the first rankings of 2011.
Duke moved up to No. 4 five weeks ago and held strong there in the latest release. Virginia, who Duke faces on Thursday, is ranked 21st.
Dorsey Up For Senior CLASS Award…
Senior Imani Dorsey has been on a tear in her final season at Duke and she added to that by becoming one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award. Former Blue Devil standout Christina Gibbons captured the award last season, becoming the first in school history to do so. Dorsey is the fourth in DWS history to be named a finalist for the award and fans can vote for her daily until Nov. 20 by going to www.seniorclassaward.com/vote.
Blue Devils In The Record Book…
Several members of the 2017 DWS squad are made their way up the rankings in the Duke record book. Here’s where they stand heading into week 12.
1. Kelly Walbert (1992-95) – 317
2. Laura Weinberg (2010-13) – 314
3. Elisabeth Redmond (2006-09) – 274
4. Casey McCluskey (2001-04) – 233
5. Andi Melde (1994-97) – 220
6. Kelly Cobb (2011-14) – 219
7. Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-13) – 214
8. Imani Dorsey (2014-Present) – 211
9. Toni Payne (2013-16) – 206
10. Darby Kroyer (2002-06) – 199
1. EJ Proctor (2014-Present) – 0.70
2. Allison Lipsher (2004-07) – 0.87
3. Tara Campbell (2009-12) – 0.91
4. Robbie Coveleskie (1988-91) – 0.92
5. Cassidy Powers (2005-08) – 1.03
1. Melissa Carr (1992-95) – 320
2. Tara Campbell (2009-12) – 302
3. Allison Lipsher (2004-07) – 265
4. Thora Helgadottir (2000-03) – 248
5. Isis Dallis (1997-2000) – 243
6. EJ Proctor (2014-Present) – 188
1. Melissa Carr (1992-95) – 34.0
2. Allison Lipsher (2004-07) – 33.0
3. EJ Proctor (2014-Present) – 30.8
4. Tara Campbell (2009-12) – 30.0
5. Thora Helgadottir (2000-03) – 16.0
1. Kelly Walbert (1992-95) – 20
2. Casey McCluskey (2001-04) – 17
3. Elizabeth Redmond (2006-09) – 14
T4. KayAnne Gummersall (2006-09) – 11
T4. Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-13) – 11
T6. Laura Weinberg (2010-13) – 10
T6. Sherrill Kester (1996-99) – 10
T6. Katherine Remy (1992-95) – 10
T9. Kayla McCoy (2015-Present) – 9
T9. Imani Dorsey (2014-Present) – 9
T9. Kim DeCesare (2010-13) – 9
T9. Ande Melde (1994-97) – 9
T9. Caitlin Connolly (1989-92) – 9
14. Kelly Cobb (2011-14) – 8
15. Ella Stevens (2016-Present) – 7
Most Multi-Goal Games
1. Casey McCluskey (2001-04) – 10
2. Laura Weinberg (2010-13) – 8
3. Kelly Walbert (1992-95) – 7
4. Kim DeCesare (2009-13) – 6
T5. Elisabeth Redmond (2006-09) – 5
T5. Caitlin Connolly (1989-92) – 5
T7. Kayla McCoy (2015-Present) – 4
T7. Sherrill Kester (1996-99) – 4
T7. Mollie Pathman (2010-13) – 4
T7. Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-13) – 4
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