DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke men’s soccer team kicks off its portion of the U.S. Soccer Spring College Program Saturday when it hosts Virginia at 1 p.m. It is the first of two home games for the Blue Devils in the five-game round robin schedule over the course of the next month.
The game will be played at the 751 field and parking will be available at the jogging trail lot along Cameron Blvd./Highway 751. Fans who plan on attending are advised to bring blankets or chairs as seating will not be available for the contest.
Duke, coming off of its best season in recent history, has been training hard in the off season. The Blue Devils feature 19 current players on the roster, including the team’s second and third leading scorer Daniele Proch and Daniel Wright.
Returning to anchor the defense is freshman goalkeeper Will Pulisic. The All-ACC goalie played every minute for the Blue Devils in 2017 and finished the year with a 1.01 goals against average, a .761 save percentage and seven shutouts.
The Blue Devils’ five spring games will allow Duke to adjust to life without last year’s talented class of seniors, including All-ACC picks Markus Fjørtoft, Carter Manley and Brian White who were picked in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
The Blue Devils, after missing the NCAA Tournament for the past five seasons, returned to the field of 48 in 2017 as the No. 6 seed. It was the first time Duke had been seeded since 2006.
Duke finished the year ranked 13th nationally with a 13-4-3 record. The six-game improvement from 2016 matched the best one-year turnaround in Duke history, while the 13 wins are the second-most under Kerr. Duke advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 before falling in heartbreaking fashion in penalty kicks to Fordham.
Virginia finished its 2017 campaign with a 12-4-5 overall record. The Cavaliers also earned a top 16 seed in the NCAA Championship, falling to Fordham in the second round. Top scorer Edward Opoku signed a Generation Adidas contract and was taken in the MLS SuperDraft along with goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell. Overall, Virginia lost its top two scorers to either graduation or early departure.
Duke’s next spring contest is at Wake Forest, March 29 at 7:45 p.m. The full spring schedule is below.
March 29 at Wake Forest, 7:45 p.m.
April 7 at Clemson, 2 p.m.
April 14 vs. Georgetown, 12 p.m.
April 21 vs. North Carolina at Wake Forest