CHARLESTON, S.C. – Looking to avenge their only loss of the season and make another addition to their 2017 trophy case, the No. 1 seed Duke Blue Devils (19-1-0) take on the No. 2 seed North Carolina Tar Heels (14-2-2) Sunday afternoon in the ACC Tournament Finals in Charleston, S.C.
Kickoff from MUSC Health Stadium is set for 1 p.m. ET. The contest will be nationally televised on ESPNU and live streamed on WatchESPN. Fans can access the broadcast through WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
The Blue Devils will be seeking their first ACC Tournament Championship in program history on Sunday as they make their fifth appearance in the title match, with all four prior appearances coming against UNC. The Tar Heels took a 2-1 overtime decision in the season opener, which in turn sparked Duke’s program record 19-game winning streak. The ACC regular season champions will also be looking to earn their first win against UNC on a neutral field (0-9-0) when they face off.
No. 1 Duke Blue Devils (19-1-0, 10-0-0 ACC)
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No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels (14-2-2, 8-0-2 ACC)
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Match Day Info…
Sunday, Nov. 5
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 North Carolina – 5:30 p.m. ET
MUSC Health Stadium
Last Time Out…
Thanks to a score from Ella Stevens in the early stages of the second half and the lockdown play between the posts from EJ Proctor, the top seeded Blue Devils downed No. 4 seed Virginia, 1-0, to advance to the ACC Tournament Finals. Stevens headed home her fourth goal off a Schuyler DeBree free kick that found Chelsea Burns, who headed it down towards Stevens for the finish. On the other side of the ball, Proctor tied her season high with five saves, four of those coming in the first half.
Friday, Nov. 3
No. 1 Duke def. No. 4 Virginia, 1-0 (Recap, Stats)
A Blue Devil Win Would…
- Give Duke its first ACC Tournament Championship in program history.
- Move up the Blue Devils’ winning streak to 20 straight, the longest in school history (previous record was eight-straight wins in 2000).
- Be the 20th win of the season, putting the Blue Devils two wins from tying the school record
- Move Duke into a tie for eighth for the longest winning streak in Duke athletics history.
In the Rankings...
United Soccer Coaches: 2nd
Soccer America: 2nd
United Soccer Coaches: 4th
Soccer America: 3rd
Scouting The Tar Heels...
North Carolina will be looking to win the 21st ACC Tournament title in program history on Sunday. The Tar Heels have four players with 15-plus points this season, led by Dorian Bailey (six goals, eight assists, 20 points). Alessia Russo, the Co-ACC Freshman of the Year, tops the team with nine goals.
The Series with North Carolina...
Overall: North Carolina leads 38-3-2
At A Neutral Site: North Carolina leads 9-0-0
At ACC Tournament: North Carolina leads 9-0-0
First Meeting: North Carolina def. Duke, 4-2 (Sept. 20, 1989 in Chapel Hill)
Last Meeting: North Carolina def. Duke, 2-1 [OT] (Aug. 18, 2017 in Cary, N.C.)
Current Streak: North Carolina +1
Leading The Blue Devils…
Points: Kayla McCoy, 28
Goals: Kayla McCoy, 11
Assists: Imani Dorsey & Ella Stevens, 7
Shots: Imani Dorsey, 61
Shots On Goal: Imani Dorsey, 37
Game-Winning Goals: Kayla McCoy, 4
Goals Against Average: EJ Proctor, 0.41
Saves: EJ Proctor, 40
Save Percentage: EJ Proctor, .851
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)
- Ella Stevens (Schuyler DeBree & Chelsea Burns) vs. Virginia – Nov. 3, 2017 (46:27)
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.
- The Blue Devils advanced to the ACC Tournament semifinals for the first time since the 2011 season.
- Duke has won a program best 19-straight matches. The previous record was eight straight in 2000.
- The Blue Devils’ 19 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 10 contests.
- 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 20 contests and recorded 13 clean sheets. Reid has gone the distance in 18 matches this year, while DeBree has 17 such performances, Burns has 12 and Mitchell has 11.
- Senior EJ Proctor has been nothing short of dominant in goal this year. She has drawn 18 starts (1815:23 minutes) and leads the ACC in goals against average (0.41) and save percentage (.851). She also leads the league with 10 shutouts and is third in the Duke record book with 31 for her career.
Long Time, No See…
Friday’s win catapulted Duke to the ACC Tournament Finals for just the fifth time in history and the first time in 17 seasons. This will be the first time in the Robbie Church era that the Blue Devils have reached the championship match. There they will meet their biggest rival, as they take on North Carolina. Every prior appearance in the ACC title match has come against the Tar Heels.
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 kept reaffirming what we already know. Duke has been nothing short of dominant. 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 1-0 victory on Friday, Duke women’s soccer extended their program record winning streak to 19-straight matches. During the streak, Duke has defeated six ranked opponents, shut out 13 foes and went 2-0 at its home tournament for the first time since 2012. The 19-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 12th-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.
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 45 goals have come midway through the first half and in the early portion of the second, as the it has tallied 10 in the 45:01 – 60:00 stretch and nine from 15:01 – 30:00. Twenty-three 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 45-9, and has posted 13 total shutouts after the Virginia win. Over the last 10 matches, the Blue Devils have outscored foes 21-4 and shut out seven opponents, including picking up three ranked victories.
Duke leads the ACC with a .450 goals against average and a .650 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 big part of that success has been the play of the Blue Devil backline of Chelsea Burns, Schuyler DeBree, Taylor Mitchell and Morgan Reid. Burns, DeBree and Reid have started every match for Duke and earned all 13 clean sheets, while Mitchell has drawn the start in 17 contests. Reid has played the full time in 18 matches this year, while DeBree has gone the distance in 17 games, Burns 12 and Mitchell 11.
Goals On Goals On Goals…
The Blue Devils continue to dominate on the offensive side of the ball as well, as they have 16 multi-goal matches on the season. Duke has scored 45 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 on Friday and made a season-high-tying five saves to help the Blue Devils advance to the ACC Finals. She has been solely responsible for 10 of Duke’s 13 shutouts this year, putting her career total at 31, which is third in Duke history.
On the year, Proctor leads the ACC in goals against average (.410) and shutouts (10), standing 10th and 20th in the nation entering the weekend. She is also tops in the conference with a .851 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.
A Look At 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. North Carolina is ranked third.
Sunday’s match will be nationally televised on ESPNU and live streamed on WatchESPN. Fans can access the live stream through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 North Carolina ESPNU Broadcast Information
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 North Carolina WatchESPN Broadcast
Live stats will be available for Sunday’s match courtesy of the ACC and can be accessed by going to www.TheACC.com or www.GoDuke.com/wsoccer.
Following Sunday’s ACC Championship match, the Blue Devils will wait to hear what their road to Orlando and the 2017 College Cup will be. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is set for 4:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 6 and will be live streamed on NCAA.com.
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