DURHAM, N.C. – One more week of non-conference play remains for the 12th-ranked Duke Blue Devils (4-1-1), as they close out their five-game home stand with Nebraska and Old Dominion. As the Blue Devils prepare another round of matches at Koskinen Stadium, it’s time to check in on the program with the second edition of the DWS Notebook.
The Week Ahead…
Thursday, September 6
No. 14 Duke vs. Nebraska – 7:00 p.m. ET
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Sunday, September 9
No. 14 Duke vs. Old Dominion – 5:00 p.m. ET
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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.
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Last Time Out…
After a scoreless first half, Mackenzie Pluck and Ella Stevens turned in second half goals to push the Blue Devils past Marquette to open up the 2018 Duke Nike Classic. Stevens assisted on the first goal, Pluck’s team-leading third score of the season. Stevens then scored later in the game, her first goal of the year. Freshman Marykate McGuire tallied her first assist of her career on Stevens’ goal.
The Blue Devils capped off the weekend with a 2-1 victory against Providence on Sunday. Taylor Racioppi tallied the game’s first goal before Marykate McGuire tapped in a free kick service from Karlie Paschall to put Duke up 2-0. The Friars were able to pull one back late, but could not even the score in the final moments of the match.
Thursday, August 23
No. 12 Duke def. Marquette, 2-0 (Recap | Stats | Photos)
Sunday, September 2
No. 12 Duke def. Providence, 2-1 (Recap | Stats | Photos)
Duke in the Rankings...
United Soccer Coaches: 14th (Previous: 12th)
Soccer America: 18th (Previous: 24th)
TopDrawerSoccer: 9th (Previous: 11th)
2018 Blue Devil Leaders...
Points: Ella Stevens, 7
Goals: Mackenzie Pluck & Taylor Racioppi, 3
Assists: Ella Stevens, 5
Shots: Marykate McGuire, 18
Shots On Goal: Kayla McCoy & Marykate McGuire, 8
Game-Winning Goals: Mackenzie Pluck, 2
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.48
Saves: Brooke Heinsohn, 22
Save Percentage: Brooke Heinsohn, .880
Stevens Among the DWS Assists Elite...
With her two assists over the weekend, Ella Stevens cracked the top five on Duke’s all-time assists list. She now has 22 for her career, which ties her for fifth in DWS history with Imani Dorsey (2014-17), Carolyn Ford (2002-05) and Laura Weinberg (2010-13).
Stevens isn’t the only Blue Devil making waves in the record books, as senior Kayla McCoy is a goal away from breaking into Duke’s all-time scores chart. She currently sits at 27 and with her next score will tie former Blue Devils Caitlin Connolly (1989-92), Carolyn Riggs (2002-05) and Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-13) for 10th all-time.
DeBree, Dorsey and Payne Capture Nordic Tournament Crown…
A trio of former Blue Devil standouts helped lead the U.S. U-23 National Team to the crown of the Nordic Tournament, as Schuyler DeBree, Imani Dorsey, Toni Payne and the rest of the squad defeated Sweden, 2-0, and Norway, 1-0, while earning a scoreless draw against England. DeBree earned the start in all three contests, while Dorsey got her name on the lineup sheet in the final two and Payne saw time as a sub in the first two games. Dorsey got in on the scoring fun, tallying the second of the USA's two scored in its win against Sweden.
Just a couple of former 🔵😈⚽️ stars bringing home a 🏆 for the 🇺🇸 !— Duke Women's Soccer (@DukeWSOC) September 4, 2018
Shoutout to Schuyler, @t_payne10, @Imdorsey96 and the entire @ussoccer_ynt U-23 squad on winning the Nordic Tournament! 🙌💯🔥🥇#GoDuke pic.twitter.com/hx6vaoOjSd
Physical Challenge Awaits Against Nebraska…
Another top squad will make a trip to the Bull City on Thursday, as Duke welcomes the Big Ten’s Nebraska to Koskinen. The Blue Devils will put their three-game winning streak on the line and expect a physical challenge from start to finish.
“We anticipate them being a big and strong team,” McDonald said. “It’s going to be more of an aerial battle game. Winning 50/50 balls, goal kicks, punts from the keeper, anything like that is going to be the big difference in this game.”
The other major key? For McCoy, it’s focusing on what the Blue Devils themselves are doing.
“We also have to really focus on ourselves and play our game,” McCoy said. “We have to stay focused on ourselves and play our game regardless of what they do.”
Freshmen Hitting Their Stride…
Through six games, the Blue Devil freshman class has made an immediate impact, drawing a number of starts, scoring goals and assisting on some as well. While it’s not an easy challenge for younger players to jump right in from the high school and club ranks, it’s one this crew has embraced and continues to excel in.
“They have basically been dropped in the deep end with us. They have had to adjust really quickly and I think they’ve done a great job of that,” McCoy said. “They’ve been asking questions and are willing to be coachable. It’s been really helpful that they are all onboard and it has really helped the upperclassmen bring them along with our culture and the values with what we do on and off the field.”
The leadership side of things when it comes to a young squad is no easy task as well. But for McDonald, the key is simple: patience.
“It’s definitely a big transition from club to college, so we have focused on being patient,” McDonald said. “With each game we have seen a lot of improvement from those freshmen that are starting and getting in the game. So being patient is the No. 1 thing we’re doing each game. And they’ve gotten a lot better as we’ve gone along, so that’s exciting to see.”
Seniors Excited to be in the Leadership Role…
They have learned from some of the best over the last three years. Now they’re in the driver’s seat and it could not be a more exciting time for the group of Blue Devil seniors.
“It’s been a bit of a transition, but I think our class has been excited to have our chance to be leaders,” McCoy said. “We’ve had a lot of leadership from being freshmen up to junior year that we have gotten to watch and learn from. So coming in I think we had a good foundation of how we wanted to lead the team and relate to the underclassmen and the types of relationships we have wanted to build on and off the field.”
McDonald Walk and Talk with Mackenzie Pluck…
Get to know some of the new faces in Durham, starting with freshman Mackenzie Pluck, who joins senior Kat McDonald on a walk to practice. McDonald quizzes the rookie on everything from her first-career goal to being a Philadelphia Eagles fan and everything in between.
Alumni Weekend Set for Oct. 5-7...
It will be a celebration of 30 years of Duke women's soccer during the Oct. 5-7 weekend, as the Blue Devils will host their alumni weekend in Durham in conjunction with their showdown against Virginia Tech on Sunday, Oct. 7 (2 p.m. ET). Along with the game, there will be a dinner, career networking event and more. More details will be provided as the event draws closer.
DWS Chalk Talk: Soccer 101 Coming Up Sept. 6...
Before they take the field against Nebraska on Sept. 6, the Duke women’s soccer Blue Devils will host their inaugural Soccer 101: Chalk Talk with Head Coach Robbie Church at Koskinen Stadium on Skandalaris Pavilion. The event is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. ET on Skandalaris, with the Blue Devils’ showdown against the Huskers following at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 is also Duke women’s soccer’s Youth Soccer Night and all coaches are encouraged to bring their teams to the game, receiving free entry if wearing their club attire. The night’s giveaway will be “Thursday Nights are for Futbol” drawstring bags to the first 150 fans.
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