DURHAM, N.C. – With one of the more grueling stretches of the 2018 schedule behind them, the No. 17 Duke Blue Devils (8-2-2, 2-1-1 ACC) return home for an action-packed weekend at Koskinen Stadium. As they get set for another weekend of conference play, it’s time to take a look at the program with the newest edition of the DWS Notebook.
The Week Ahead…
Thursday, October 4
No. 17 Duke vs. Wake Forest – 7:00 p.m. ET
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Sunday, October 7
No. 17 Duke vs. Virginia Tech – 1:00 p.m. ET
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Tickets are available for purchase for the 2018 Duke women’s soccer season at Koskinen Stadium. Tickets are $5 with groups of 10+ are $4 each. Ages two and under receive free admission. 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…
Duke improved to 2-1-1 in conference play with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at No. 21 NC State on Thursday, Sept. 27. After waiting out a two hour and 10 minute weather delay, the Blue Devils and Wolfpack took to the field for a back-and-forth battle. After NC State went a man down due to a red card, Duke struck first with a goal in the 77th minute from Kayla McCoy. However, NC State evened the score with eight minutes remaining in regulation to send the match into overtime. Duke recorded six shots to NC State’s one in overtime, but could not capitalize for the win.
Thursday, Sept. 20
No. 15 Duke tied No. 21 NC State, 1-1 [2OT] (Recap | Stats)
Duke in the Rankings...
United Soccer Coaches: 17th (Previous: 15th)
Soccer America: 16th (Previous: 17th)
TopDrawerSoccer: 14th (Previous: 13th)
2018 Blue Devil Leaders...
Points: Kayla McCoy, 15
Goals: Kayla McCoy & Taylor Racioppi, 5
Assists: Ella Stevens, 6
Shots: Kayla McCoy, 34
Shots On Goal: Kayla McCoy, 17
Game-Winning Goals: Kayla McCoy & Mackenzie Pluck, 2
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.57
Saves: Brooke Heinsohn, 35
Save Percentage: Brooke Heinsohn, .833
Duke, Wake Forest Team Up for Hurricane Florence Relief Effort…
Thursday night’s matchup will be more than just a pivotal showdown between two ACC foes. The Blue Devils and Demon Deacons have teamed up to help raise donations for victims of Hurricane Florence. Donations will be accepted at the Duke Athletics Ticket Booth outside Koskinen Stadium starting at 6 p.m. ET. With every three items donated from the list below, fans can receive free admission into the Olympic sporting event they are donating at, or purchase a general admission ticket to the Duke football October 20 contest versus Virginia for only $5.
Items in need from the North Carolina community include the following: buckets, paper towels, large garbage bags, rubber gloves, masks, scrub brushes, scouring pads, sponges, air freshener, toiletries, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, hand soap, adult diapers, disposable razors, shaving cream, toilet paper, diapers for babies, baby wipes, baby food, baby formula, sippy cups and bottles, bottled water, nonperishable food items and school supplies.
Join us Thursday, Oct. 4 as we team up with @WakeWSoccer to collect items for the victims of Hurricane Florence!— Duke Women's Soccer (@DukeWSOC) September 28, 2018
3️⃣ items ➡️ free admission to Thursday night’s @ACCWSoccer matchup. More details ⤵️
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Church, Blue Devils Continue Unbeaten Streak Against NC State…
Thursday night’s victory in Raleigh extended the Blue Devils’ dominance against NC State, keeping Duke undefeated versus the Wolfpack in the Robbie Church era. With the tie, the Blue Devils are unbeaten against the Wolfpack in their last 18 meetings, with NCSU’s last win in the series coming on Oct. 17, 2000. It is the first tie in the series since the two teams played to a 1-1 draw on Nov. 1, 1998 in Durham.
Another @ACCWSoccer road battle, another point coming home to Durham!— Duke Women's Soccer (@DukeWSOC) September 28, 2018
Recapping last night’s 1-1 draw at No. 21 NC State ⤵️
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Blue Devils Take on Demon Deacons for First Time Since 2016…
Thursday’s matchup between the Duke Blue Devils and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons will be the first since Oct. 6, 2016, a 1-0 Duke win in Winston-Salem. The last meeting in Durham came on Oct. 12, 2014, a 2-1 Blue Devil victory. Duke, who holds a 16-9-4 advantage in the series, including a 9-1-2 mark at home, have not lost to the Demon Deacons since Sept. 19, 2013 and have not lost to Wake at home since Sept. 23, 2010.
McCoy Climbing the DWS Record Book…
Senior Kayla McCoy cracked the top 10 in all-time goals earlier this season. With her goal Thursday, she continued her climb up that chart. She currently has 31 goals over her career, putting her alone at sixth. She is three 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 six dimes so far, Ella Stevens has cracked the top five on Duke’s all-time assists list. She now has 23 for her career, which ties her for fourth in DWS history with Kelly Walbert (1992-95). She is six from tying Mollie Pathman (2010-13) for third. Andi Melde (1994-97) holds the all-time record at Duke with 42.
DWS Stays Dominant in ACC Regular Season Action…
Duke’s win on Thursday also extended its dominance in regular season conference play. The Blue Devils have either won or tied in 13 of their last 14 ACC regular season games. Duke went a perfect 10-0-0 last season en route to claiming the third ACC Regular Season Championship in program history and are 2-1-1 through four matches this year.
McCoy Keeps the Good Times Rolling…
There was no doubt that senior Kayla McCoy would be the Blue Devils’ offensive catalyst in 2018 and she hasn’t disappointed, especially as Duke hits the midway point of conference play. McCoy leads the team with 15 points, is tied for the team lead with five scores and her five assists are tied for second on the squad. The Lincolnwood, Ill., native has tallied two three-point contests this season and has at least one in all but four matches in 2018, tallying a point in seven of the last nine games.
McCoy’s play has ramped up in conference action, as she has tallied three goals and an assist in four ACC contests. Her three goals are tied for second in the league, while her seven ACC points are third. She is also tops in the conference with 15 shots and 3.75 attempts per game.
Blue Devils One of the Nation’s Top Assists Teams…
With 24 assists so far this year, the Blue Devils have become one of the nation’s best when it comes to dropping dimes. Their 24 rank fourth in the ACC and 23rd in the country. Leading the way is Ella Stevens, who has six assists this season. Those six are tied for second in the conference and 18th in the NCAA.
Dorsey Named NWSL Rookie of the Year…
After turning in a spectacular career in the Duke blue and white, Imani Dorsey has already made waves in the National Women's Soccer League. The Elkridge, Md., native recently closed out her first season in the pros by earning the NWSL's Rookie of the Year award, as voted on by media, fans, players and the clubs. Dorsey, who capped her Blue Devil career last year by earning United Soccer Coaches First Team All-America and ACC Offensive Player of the Year laurels, scored four goals and added one assist in 13 appearances with Sky Blue FC. In 1,047 minutes, Dorsey created 11 chances with 16 shots on target, while posting a 74.4 percent passing accuracy (332 passes).
The Elkridge, Md., native, who is the first Blue Devil in history to receive an NWSL yearly honor, reeled in 38.4 percent of the vote, including receiving the highest amount of votes from the clubs and players.
From 2017 @ACCWSoccer Offensive Player of the Year ➡️ 2018 @NWSL Rookie of the Year— Duke Women's Soccer (@DukeWSOC) September 26, 2018
Congratulations, @Imdorsey96 on becoming the first 🔵😈 to capture an NWSL honor! https://t.co/nA9o3nnhNM | #GoDuke | #DWSInThePros
Alumni Weekend Coming Up…
After the Blue Devils take on Wake Forest, they will turn their attention to Virginia Tech on Sunday, Oct. 7. Along with another ACC showdown, the Blue Devils will be celebrating 30 years of Duke women’s soccer as they welcome their alumni to Durham from Oct. 5-7. The weekend includes a career networking event, alumni dinner, Sunday’s DWS contest against Virginia Tech and more.
DWS alumnae will be recognized on the field during halftime of the Blue Devils' matchup with the Hokies. Following their on-field recognition, the group of former Blue Devils will sign autographs on Skandalaris Pavilion.
Winter and Spring ID Camps Open for Registration…
Registration for the Winter and Spring ID Camps in the Duke Soccer School for Girls is officially open. Winter ID Camp will be Jan. 6, 2019, while the spring camp will be held March 10, 2019. Those interested can register at www.DukeSoccerSchool.com.
Registration for Winter and Spring ID Camps are officially open!— Duke Women's Soccer (@DukeWSOC) October 1, 2018
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