DURHAM, N.C. – With opening weekend in the books for the 11th-ranked Duke Blue Devils (1-1-0), their attention now turns to their first road contest of the year at No. 15 Georgetown on Thursday, Aug. 23. Before the Blue Devils head to Washington, D.C., it’s time to check in on the program with the first edition of the DWS Weekly Notebook.
The Week Ahead…
Thursday, August 23
No. 11 Duke at No. 15 Georgetown – 4:00 p.m. ET
Big East Digital Network
Sunday, August 19
No. 11 Duke vs. Elon – 5:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Single game and season tickets are available for purchase for the 2018 Duke women’s soccer season. Tickets are $5 and groups of 10+ are $4 each. Ages two and under receive free admission. Season tickets are $85 and include all home games for men’s and women’s soccer. Tickets are on sale at GoDuke.com/tickets, by calling 919-681-6767 or clicking the link below.
2018 Duke Women’s Soccer Ticket Information
Last Time Out…
It was an opening week split for the Blue Devils at Koskinen. Duke shut down the No. 23 Ohio State Buckeyes, 2-0, thanks to goals from Mackenzie Pluck and Taylor Racioppi. However, an early goal from Racioppi in Sunday’s contest was not enough to come out victorious, as Illinois answered with two in the first 45 and held on for the win in the first meeting between the two programs.
Thursday, August 16
No. 3 Duke def. No. 23 Ohio State, 2-0 (Recap, Stats, Photos)
Sunday, August 19
Illinois def. No. 3 Duke, 2-1 (Recap, Stats, Photos)
In the Rankings...
United Soccer Coaches: 11th (Previous: 3rd)
Soccer America: 24th (Previous: 10th)
TopDrawerSoccer: 11th (Previous: 7th)
2018 Blue Devil Leaders...
Points: Taylor Racioppi, 4
Goals: Taylor Racioppi, 2
Assists: Kayla McCoy & Ella Stevens, 1
Shots: Marykate McGuire & Taylor Racioppi, 7
Shots On Goal: Taylor Racioppi, 4
Game-Winning Goals: Mackenzie Pluck, 1
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 1.00
Saves: Brooke Heinsohn, 5
Save Percentage: Brooke Heinsohn, .714
DWS Season Opener Success...
After a quiet first half, goals from freshman Mackenzie Pluck and senior Taylor Racioppi in the final 45 secured Duke’s 26th opening day win in program history, defeating No. 23 Ohio State, 2-0. Duke is now a perfect 14-0-0 in season openers at home in program history.
The win also moved Duke to 6-1-0 all-time against Ohio State, including a perfect 5-0-0 at home.
Freshmen Shine on Thursday…
Newcomer Mackenzie Pluck didn’t waste much time making her presence known on the collegiate scene, as she tallied her first-career goal just minutes into the start of the second half of Thursday’s Blue Devil win. She became the first freshman since Ella Stevens and Lexi Magliarditi in 2016 against Wofford to score their first-career goal in their collegiate debut.
Fellow freshmen Marykate McGuire and Sydney Simmons earned the start in Thursday’s contest, marking the most freshmen to start their first collegiate match in a season for Duke since 2014, when five players did so.
Racioppi on a Hot Start to Her Senior Season…
The Blue Devils have played two matches so far in 2018 and the constant theme has been the goal scoring of senior Taylor Racioppi. One of four Duke seniors, Racioppi has scored in each game this season so far, becoming the first Blue Devil to score at least once in the first two contests since Imani Dorsey and Ella Stevens did so in 2016.
With a goal in Thursday’s contest, Racioppi would be the first Blue Devil since Cassie Pecht in 2012 to score in the first three games of a season.
DeCesare Making Her Return to Durham...
One of the best in Duke women's soccer history will make her return to Koskinen Stadium Sunday afternoon when the Blue Devils host Elon. Kim DeCesare, who was a member of the DWS program from 2009-13, joined the Elon Phoenix as an assistant coach in June. The Blue Devils and Phoenix square off at Koskinen at 5 p.m. ET. That contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed through WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
DeCesare was a two-time All-ACC honoree and stands top 10 in DWS history in goals (29, 6th), points (73, 10th) and multi-goal games (6, 4th).
Church Joins United Soccer Coaches Podcast…
Before he kicked off his 18th season at the helm of the Blue Devils with a 2-0 win against No. 23 Ohio State, Robbie Church joined Dean Linke on the weekly United Soccer Coaches podcast to recap the 2017 season and look ahead to 2018.
On this week's podcast, pres. by @teamsnap, host @DeanCLinke sits down w/ our own Rob Kehoe to discuss new NCAA recruiting rules. He also welcomes @DukeWSOC HC Robbie Church and @UCM_Soccer HC Lewis Theobald to recap 2017 and preview the 2018 season.— United Soccer Coaches (@UnitedCoaches) August 16, 2018
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Reigning National Staff of the Year Back for Year Three Together…
There were a number of highlights throughout the historic 2017 season, one being the DWS staff earning the honor of the United Soccer Coaches National Staff of the Year. As the group of four enters their third year together, GoDuke.com took a deeper look into the staff in the first of a four-part series highlighting the coaches behind DWS.
"We want to be the best team, the best program in the country and that’s what we strive for every single day.”— Duke Women's Soccer (@DukeWSOC) August 15, 2018
A look at the reigning @UnitedCoaches National Staff of the Year as we get set to begin the 2018 season.#GoDuke 🔵😈⚽️https://t.co/icyhZno34o
TopDrawerSoccer Named van Bennekom One of Nation's Top Assistants…
Entering his fourth year with the Blue Devils, associate head coach Erwin van Bennekom has been tabbed one of the nation's top assistant coaches by TopDrawerSoccer. Since his arrival, Duke has made two trips to the NCAA College Cup, including a finalist showing in 2015, and captured the 2017 ACC regular season title while breaking numerous program records.
“@coachevb’s innovations for the team on the field have been significant, helping the team retain possession and evolve into a consistent power.”— Duke Women's Soccer (@DukeWSOC) August 15, 2018
One of the best in the nation is a part of 🔵😈⚽️.#GoDuke https://t.co/yg218qBOhU
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