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No. 15 Duke Heads to Raleigh to Take on No. 21 NC State
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/26/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The 15th-ranked Duke Blue Devils (8-2-1, 2-1-0 ACC) are back on the road, heading down the road to take on the No. 21 NC State Wolfpack (8-2-1, 1-1-0 ACC) Thursday, Sept. 27 showdown under the light in Raleigh.

Thursday night's top 25 matchup is set for a 7 p.m. ET start from Dail Soccer Stadium and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Fans can access the broadcast through WatchESPN.com or through the ESPN app.

The Blue Devils have won 17-straight against the Wolfpack and are undefeated against NC State in the Robbie Church era. Goals from Kayla McCoy and Chelsea Burns helped seal last year’s meeting, a 2-0 Blue Devil victory at Koskinen Stadium.

Despite dropping a 2-1 decision to No. 4 Virginia on Sunday, Duke has won seven of its last eight games including a 2-0-0 start to ACC road play for the third-straight season. Duke has also won 12 of its last 13 matchups in ACC regular season action.

Duke returns home for back-to-back road games after its Thursday night tilt in Raleigh. The Blue Devils host Wake Forest on Thursday, Oct. 4 (7 p.m. ET) and Virginia Tech on Sunday, Oct. 7 (1 p.m. ET). Both matches will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

No. 15 Duke Blue Devils (8-2-1, 2-1-0 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes

No. 21 NC State Wolfpack (8-2-1, 1-1-0 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes

Game Day Info…

Thursday, September 27
No. 15 Duke at No. 21 NC State – 7:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Live Stats
Raleigh, N.C.
Dail Soccer Stadium

Live Broadcast…
Thursday’s contest between the Blue Devils and the Wolfpack will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed by clicking the link below, going to WatchESPN.com or using the ESPN app.

No. 15 Duke at No. 21 NC State ACC Network Extra Broadcast

Live Stats…
NC State will provide live statistics for Thursday’s matchup. Live stats can be found by clicking the link below.

No. 15 Duke at No. 21 NC State Live Stats

Ticket Information…
Tickets are available for Thursday’s top 25 matchup in Raleigh. Adult general admission tickets are $7, while youth tickets are $5. Groups of 15 or more are $3 each. For more information, click the link below.

No. 15 Duke at No. 21 NC State Ticket Information

Weather…

Thursday, September 27High 78, Low 67; Thunderstorms (80%)

Last Time Out…
The Blue Devils finished out their ACC-opening road trip with a 2-0 victory on Thursday before falling in a 2-1 battle against No. 4 Virginia in their ACC home opener on Sunday at Koskinen. Goals from Tess Boade and Taylor Racioppi, along with the standout play of Brooke Heinsohn, helped secure the victory in Coral Gables.

Duke returned home for a top 15 showdown against Virginia on Sunday. An own goal in the first half and a score in the second 45 gave UVA a 2-0 lead heading into the waning moments of the contest. Duke was able to pull within one thanks to a late goal from Kayla McCoy, but could not complete the comeback, dropping its first ACC regular season game since Oct. 27, 2016.

Thursday, Sept. 20
No. 12 Duke def. Miami, 2-0 (Recap | Stats)

Sunday, September 23
No. 4 Virginia def. No. 12 Duke, 2-1 (Recap | Stats | Photos)

A Blue Devil Win Would…

  • Improve their record against NC State to 24-10-1.
  • Be the program’s 18th-straight win against the Wolfpack and keep them undefeated against NC State in the Robbie Church era.
  • Give them wins in eight of their last nine contests.
  • Be their second win against a ranked opponent this season and first since defeating No. 23 Ohio State on Aug. 16.
  • Make them 3-0-0 on the road in ACC play, the third-straight year they have done so.
  • Be their 13th win in their last 14 ACC regular season games.
  • Give Robbie Church 315 career wins as a women’s soccer coach. He currently sits 18th amongst active head coaches and 28th all-time.
  • Be the 390th victory in program history, moving them 10 away from reaching the 400 mark.


In the Rankings...
 

Duke
United Soccer Coaches: 15th 
Soccer America: 17th
TopDrawerSoccer: 13th  

NC State
United Soccer Coaches: 21st
Soccer America: 21st
TopDrawerSoccer: 24th  

2018 Blue Devil Leaders...

Points: Kayla McCoy, 13
Goals: Taylor Racioppi, 5
Assists: Kayla McCoy, Karlie Paschall & Ella Stevens, 5
Shots: Kayla McCoy, 29
Shots On Goal: Kayla McCoy, 15
Game-Winning Goals: Kayla McCoy & Mackenzie Pluck, 2
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.53
Saves: Brooke Heinsohn, 33
Save Percentage: Brooke Heinsohn, .846

2018 Blue Devil Goal Tracker…

  1. Mackenzie Pluck (Unassisted) vs. #23 Ohio State - Aug. 16 (47:02)
  2. Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens) vs. #23 Ohio State - Aug. 16 (80:25)
  3. Taylor Racioppi (Kayla McCoy) vs. Illinois - Aug. 19 (15:06)
  4. Kayla McCoy (Taylor Mitchell) vs. Elon - Aug. 26 (33:21)
  5. Mackenzie Pluck (Ella Stevens; Kayla McCoy) vs. Elon - Aug. 26 (69:24)
  6. Marykate McGuire (Ella Stevens) vs. Elon - Aug. 26 (82:05)
  7. Mackenzie Pluck (Ella Stevens) vs. Marquette - Aug. 30 (67:29)
  8. Ella Stevens (Marykate McGuire) vs. Marquette - Aug. 30 (72:06)
  9. Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens; Kayla McCoy) vs. Providence - Sept. 2 (23:17)
  10. Marykate McGuire (Karlie Paschall) vs. Providence - Sept. 2 (36:08)
  11. Tess Boade (Kayla McCoy & Delaney Graham) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (58:34)
  12. Karlie Paschall (Penalty Kick) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (62:21)
  13. Karlie Paschall (Penalty Kick) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (82:20)
  14. Kayla McCoy (Marykate McGuire) vs. Old Dominion - Sept. 9 (2:01)
  15. Taylor Racioppi (Marykate McGuire) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (33:58)
  16. Marykate McGuire (Delaney Graham) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (39:54)
  17. Lily Nabet (Kayla McCoy & Karlie Paschall) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (55:26)
  18. Kayla McCoy (Karlie Paschall) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (71:13)
  19. Tess Boade (Mackenzie Pluck) at Miami – Sept. 20 (43:36)
  20. Taylor Racioppi (Karlie Paschall) at Miami – Sept. 20 (58:23)
  21. Kayla McCoy (Karlie Paschall & Marykate McGuire) vs. #4 Virginia – Sept. 23 (89:23)


Scouting the Wolfpack...
No. 21 NC State has won two of its last three contests, including a win against Pitt and a loss against Wake Forest. Leading the way for the Wolfpack is Tziarra King, who has scored six goals and three assists for 15 points. Sydney Wootten has been the mainstay in goal, playing all 1022:24 minutes, allowing eight goals and making 31 saves while racking up five clean sheets.

The Series with NC State...

Overall: Duke leads, 23-10-1
In Raleigh: Duke leads, 12-4-0
First Meeting: NC State def. Duke, 4-0 (Oct. 5, 1988 in Durham, N.C.)
Last Meeting: Duke def. NC State, 2-0 (Oct. 5, 2017 in Durham, N.C.)
Current Streak: Duke, +17

Duke Looking to Extend Dominance against NC State…
Ever since head coach Robbie Church took over the DWS program in 2001, the Blue Devils have been nothing short of dominant against their rivals from down I-40. Church is a perfect 17-0-0 against the Wolfpack and will look to make it 18-straight on Thursday. A win Thursday would also give Duke it’s 10th-straight win in Raleigh.

Hot Streak Carries on for DWS…
After a setback against Illinois during opening weekend, the Blue Devils have been on a roll, winning seven of their last eight matches. Five of the Blue Devils’ wins came during their five-game home stand, the longest such stretch of their season.

It was a slow start to the year for Duke, only tallying three goals, giving up three and going 1-1-1 in the first three matches. That tide has turned in the last eight contests, as the Blue Devils have outscored foes 18-4. Since allowing two goals to Illinois, the Blue Devils have elevated their defense to one of the nation’s best. Duke’s seven shutouts are tied for second in the ACC and its .636 shutout percentage is third in the conference and 16th nationally. It’s save percentage stands at .857, which is good for second in the league and 28th in the NCAA.

Duke started its ACC slate 2-0-0 for the second-straight season. That is the first time in program history that Duke has opened ACC play 2-0-0 in back-to-back seasons.

Paschall, McCoy & McGuire Continue Their Hot Stretch…
It’s been a strong stretch over the past several weeks for the trio of Karlie Paschall, Kayla McCoy and Marykate McGuire. For Paschall, she has tallied four of her five assists over the last three matches and has recorded at least one point in five of the last six matches. McCoy has recorded at least one point in seven matches this year and six of the last eight. In those eight matches, she has recorded all four of her goals and four assists. The freshman McGuire has recorded a point in six of the last eight matches and has three assists and a goal in the last four contests.

Blue Devils One of the Nation’s Top Assists Teams…
With 23 assists so far this year, the Blue Devils have become one of the nation’s best when it comes to dropping dimes. Their 23 rank third in the ACC and 19th in the country. Leading the way is Kayla McCoy, Karlie Paschall and Ella Stevens, who each have five assists this season, all standing tied for third in the conference and 37th in the NCAA.

Heinsohn, Clean Sheet Extraordinaire…
Redshirt sophomore Brooke Heinsohn has racked up six solo assists and has helped the Blue Devils post seven so far this year, which is tied for the second most in the conference. Heinsohn’s six solo shutouts are tied for second in the ACC and 10th in the NCAA and she has shut out three of her last four foes.

McCoy Climbing the DWS Record Book…
Senior Kayla McCoy cracked the top 10 in all-time goals earlier this season. With her goal against Virginia, she continued her climb up that chart. She currently has 30 goals over her career, passing former Blue Devil standouts Imani Dorsey (2014-17) and Kim DeCesare (2010-13) for sixth. She is four goals away from cracking the top five, as KayAnne Gummersall (2006-09) sits fifth with 34. Kelly Walbert (1992-95) owns the program record with 47-career scores.

McCoy’s two game-winning goals this season has her career total now up to 12, putting her along at fourth on the DWS all-time list. She’s two shy of Elizabeth Redmond (2006-09) for third place and eight behind the record holder Kelly Walbert (1992-95), who has 20.

Stevens Among the DWS Assists Elite...
With her team-high five dimes so far, Ella Stevens has 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). She now sits one away from tying Kelly Walbert (1992-95) for fourth place and seven from tying Mollie Pathman (2010-13) for third. Andi Melde (1994-97) holds the all-time record at Duke with 42.

Next Up…
Duke returns home for back-to-back road games after its Thursday night tilt in Raleigh. The Blue Devils host Wake Forest on Thursday, Oct. 4 (7 p.m. ET) and Virginia Tech on Sunday, Oct. 7 (1 p.m. ET). Both matches will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

Social Media…
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