DURHAM, N.C. – A trip to the 2017 ACC Tournament Finals is on the line Friday night, as the second-ranked and No. 1 seed Duke Blue Devils (18-1-0) take on the 10th-ranked and No. 4 seed Virginia Cavaliers (11-4-4) at the MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, S.C.
Kickoff from is set for 5:30 p.m. ET, following the other semifinal matchup between No. 2 North Carolina and No. 3 NC State. The contest will be broadcast on RSN and live streamed on ACC Network Extra. Fans can access the broadcast through WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app. The Blue Devils, who are riding an 18-match winning streak, took on the Cavaliers just a week ago in Charlottesville. They earned a 1-0 victory to seal their perfect 10-0-0 finish to conference play and capture the third ACC regular season title in program history. A win Friday night would put Duke in the ACC Tournament Finals for just the fifth time overall and first time since the 2000 campaign.
No. 1 Duke Blue Devils (18-1-0, 10-0-0 ACC)
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No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers (11-4-4, 5-2-3 ACC)
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Match Day Info…
Friday, Nov. 3
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 4 Virginia – 5:30 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
MUSC Health Stadium
Last Time Out…
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)
A Blue Devil Win Would…
- Advance Duke to the finals of the ACC Tournament for the fifth time in school history and the first since the 2000 season.
- Give the Blue Devils a 19-match winning streak, the longest in school history (previous record was eight-straight wins in 2000).
- Be the 19th win of the season, putting the Blue Devils three wins from tying the school record.
- Move the Blue Devils into a tie for 12th for the longest winning streak in Duke athletics history.
In the Rankings...
United Soccer Coaches: 2nd
Soccer America: 2nd
United Soccer Coaches: 10th
Soccer America: 11th
Scouting The Cavaliers...
Virginia defeated No. 21 Wake Forest, 2-1, to advance to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers, who are second in the ACC with 15.42 shots per game, are led by Taryn Torres (7 goals, 1 assist) and Veronica Latsko (6 goals, 3 assists), who both have 15 points. Laurel Ivory is the mainstay in goal, allowing just 14 goals and making 33 saves in 1,783 minutes of play.
The Series with Virginia...
Overall: Virginia leads 15-17-7
At A Neutral Site: Duke leads 3-1-1
First Meeting: Virginia def. Duke, 3-0 (Oct. 5, 1989 in Durham)
Last Meeting: Duke def. Virginia, 1-0 (Oct. 26, 2017 in Charlottesville)
Current Streak: Duke +2
Leading The Blue Devils…
Points: Kayla McCoy, 28
Goals: Kayla McCoy, 11
Assists: Imani Dorsey & Ella Stevens, 7
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) – 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)
Need To Know…
- Duke entered the 2017 ACC Tournament as the No. 1 seed after capturing its third ACC regular season championship and first since 2011 with a perfect 10-0-0 record in conference play. The Blue Devils are the first program since Virginia went 13-0-0 in 2013 to finish with a perfect record in the league.
- All-ACC Awards were announced on Thursday, with Duke taking home four of the five individual awards and nine total All-ACC honors. Robbie Church was named Coach of the Year, while Imani Dorsey (Offensive POTY), Schuyler DeBree (Defensive POTY) and Rebecca Quinn (Midfielder of the Year) pulled in the other three honors.
- With Sunday’s win against Boston College, the Blue Devils advanced to the ACC Tournament semifinals for the first time since the 2011 season.
- Duke has won a program best 18-straight matches. The previous record was eight straight in 2000.
- The Blue Devils’ 18 wins in 2017 are second in DWS history. The school record is 22, set in 2011.
- Robbie Church’s squad shut out eight of its 10 ACC opponents, which set a new school record, breaking the previous one set in 2011 with seven.
- In one of the top plays of 2017, Schuyler DeBree buried a free kick from 45 yards out at Boston College to put Duke ahead for good, 2-1. Her first-career goal landed at No. 6 on SportsCenter’s Top 10.
- Leading the Duke attack are junior Kayla McCoy and senior Imani Dorsey, who lead the squad with 28 and 27 points along with 11 and 10 goals, respectively. Dorsey has tallied a point in 14 matches, while McCoy has six goals and four assists in the last nine contests, including the game winners against NC State, Miami and Syracuse (two-goal game).
- On the defensive end for Duke has been the standouts of Chelsea Burns, Schuyler DeBree, Morgan Reid and Taylor Mitchell. Burns, DeBree and Reid have have started all 19 contests and recorded 12 clean sheets. Reid has gone the distance in 17 matches this year, while DeBree has 16 such performances, Burns has 11 and Mitchell has 10.
- Senior EJ Proctor has been nothing short of dominant in goal this year. She has drawn 17 starts (1454:09 minutes) and leads the ACC in goals against average (0.43) and save percentage (.833). She also leads the league with nine shutouts and is third in the Duke record book with 30 for her career.
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.
All ACC, All Duke…
Thursday’s announcement of the 2017 All-ACC Awards just reaffirmed what we already know: Duke has been nothing short of dominant in 2017. There were 13 total honors for the Blue Devils, with four individual awards and a league-high and program record nine All-ACC selections. Robbie Church was named ACC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career (2011) and becomes the sixth coach in ACC history to earn the award multiple times.
Imani Dorsey (Offensive POTY), Schuyler DeBree (Defensive POTY) and Rebecca Quinn (Midfielder of the Year) pulled in the individual honors. Dorsey, DeBree and Quinn were also named All-ACC First Team, along with Kayla McCoy and EJ Proctor. Ella Stevens and Taylor Racioppi were tabbed All-ACC Second Team, while Ashton Miller earned third team laurels and Taylor Mitchell was named to the conference’s freshman team.
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. 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.
DeBree’s Golazo Spurs Duke To Victory At BC…
Senior Schuyler DeBree made her first-career goal one she’ll never forget, drilling a 45-yard free kick over the keeper for the score to give Duke its winning goal at Boston College. DeBree’s strike garnered national attention, as it landed at No. 6 in SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays. The goal also came on her first trip back to BC since 2015, when she tore her ACL and ended her sophomore season early.
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 it has tallied nine in both the 15:01 – 30:00 and 45:01 – 60:00 stretches. Twenty-two scores have come in the second half.
Perfect Year At Koskinen…
After Sunday’s win, Duke is now 11-0-0 at home. That mark currently stands second in school history in single-season home wins, three away from tying the record of 14 set in 2011.
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.
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 Only 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.
Friday’s match will be broadcast on RSN and live streamed on ACC Network Extra. Fans can access the broadcast through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 8 Virginia RSN Broadcast Information
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 8 Virginia ACC Network Extra Broadcast
Live stats will be available for Friday’s match, which can be accessed by going to www.GoDuke.com or www.TheACC.com.
If the Blue Devils are victorious on Friday, they will face the winner of No. 2 North Carolina and No. 3 NC State in the ACC Tournament Championship match on Sunday, Nov. 5. Kickoff for that contest is set for 1 p.m. ET and will be nationally televised on ESPNU. Fans will also be able to access the contest on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
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