DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke men’s soccer team continued its hot start to the 2018 season this past weekend with a 4-1 road victory at San Diego. The Blue Devils are one of 27 Division teams to remain unbeaten and untied as they open ACC play Sunday at No. 7 Louisville.
Proch Named to Team of the Week Again
Junior striker Daniele Proch was named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week for the second consecutive week after he netted two goals Friday night. Proch scored the first goal on a strike from distance and then added a third first-half tally. He has five goals in three games, matching his goals total in 20 games last season. His five goals are the most by any player in the ACC and rank third nationally. His 10 points also are tops in the league and fifth in the country.
Devils Stay Put at No. 2
On the strength of the 4-1 win at San Diego, Duke remained at No. 2 in the most recent United Soccer Coaches’ poll. The Blue Devils are sixth in Top Drawer Soccer and seventh in College Soccer News. Wake Forest is still in the top spot, while North Carolina, Louisville and NC State are fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Virginia and Notre Dame are 10th and 12th, respectively, as the ACC has eight teams represented in the top 25.
Duke Offense Firing on All Cylinders
The Blue Devils have 10 goals in three games so far this season for a 3.33 per game average. Duke leads the ACC in scoring offense and is fifth among all Division I programs. Only five teams have scored more than 10 goals this season overall. The 10 tallies are the most in three games for the Blue Devils since scoring 12 in 2014 – eight of which came in one game that season. Five different players have scored in that stretch and two of the 10 are penalty kicks.
2017 – 8
2016 – 7
2015 – 6
2014 – 12
2013 – 4
Top 10 Matchup Awaits
For the first time since Oct. 1, 2010, Duke will play in a top-10 matchup. The No. 2 Blue Devils are set to travel to No. 7 Louisville for a Sunday afternoon game. The 2010 event was No. 9 Duke at No. 8 Maryland as the Blue Devils fell 2-0 to the Terps. Since 2008, Duke is 8-14-3 against top 25 teams when also ranked.
Top Drawer Soccer Tabs Rich as Coach to Watch
Duke assistant coach Chris Rich recently was noted as an Assistant Coach to Watch according to Top Drawer Soccer. Rich is one of nine assistant coaches from across the country TDS took notice of after being instrumental in bringing in the nation’s sixth-ranked recruiting class. At Duke since 2015, Rich has helped Duke excel on the recruiting path in recent years according to Top Drawer. Pair Rich with Michael Brady, considered one of the top assistant coaches by College Soccer News, the Blue Devils own one of the nation’s most elite staffs.
Duke Schedule Picks Up
Duke’s schedule goes up a notch in level of difficulty starting Sunday at No. 7 Louisville. The second-ranked Blue Devils are slated to face three straight top 25 teams starting with the Cardinals. Duke turns around and hosts the fifth-ranked Tar Heels five days later Sept. 14 and No. 20 Georgetown Sept. 18.