DURHAM, N.C. – After spending three of their last four matches on the road, the No. 17 Duke Blue Devils (8-2-2, 2-1-1 ACC) return home to the friendly confines of Koskinen Stadium for a Thursday, Oct. 4 showdown against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-4-1, 2-2-0 ACC).
The contest is set for a 7 p.m. ET start and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Fans can access the broadcast through WatchESPN.com or through the ESPN app.
Duke has won three-straight against Wake Forest, with the last meeting being a 1-0 Blue Devil win on Oct. 6, 2016 in Winston-Salem. The two sides have not met in Durham since 2014, a 2-1 Duke win. Duke is 9-1-2 at home all-time against Wake.
In their last matchup, the Blue Devils battled No. 21 NC State to a 1-1 decision in Raleigh last Thursday. Duke has won seven of its last nine games and has either won or tied 13 of its last 14 contests in ACC regular season action.
Duke remains home for its next contest, closing out the weekend against Virginia Tech on Sunday, Oct. 7. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET from Koskinen and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. The Blue Devils will be celebrating 30 years of Duke women’s soccer as they welcome their alumni to Durham from Oct. 5-7.
No. 17 Duke Blue Devils (8-2-2, 2-1-1 ACC)
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Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-4-1, 2-2-0 ACC)
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Game Day Info…
Thursday, October 4
No. 17 Duke vs. Wake Forest – 7:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Thursday’s contest between the Blue Devils and the Demon Deacons 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. 17 Duke vs. Wake Forest ACC Network Extra Broadcast
Duke will provide live statistics for Thursday’s matchup. Live stats can be found by clicking the link below.
No. 17 Duke vs. Wake Forest Live Stats
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
There will be a number of activities going on for Thursday’s ACC match against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Fans will receive a Duke rally towel at the marketing table off of Basset Drive while supplies last. It is also Military & First Responders Appreciation Night, with all active duty military personnel, veterans and first responders plus families receiving free admission with their ID.
All Duke employees will receive free admission for self and immediate family, while anyone with a North Carolina address will receive $4 discounted tickets when presenting their ID at the ticket window. Members of the Durham Public Library will also receive free admission when presenting their library card.
Duke and Wake Forest are teaming up for a Hurricane Florence relief drive during Thursday’s game, with anyone who brings three donation items receiving free admission to the game. Also, displaced victims and staff from local shelters will receive free admission to Thursday’s game.
Thursday, October 4 – High 89, Low 69; Sunny (10%)
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)
A Blue Devil Win Would…
- Improve their record against Wake Forest to 17-9-4.
- Be the program’s third-straight win against the Demon Deacons.
- Moves them to a 10-1-2 record at home against Wake Forest. Duke’s only loss at home to Wake came in 2010.
- Make them 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
- Improve them to 7-2-0 at home this season. Duke is currently 23-2-0 in its last 25 games at home.
- Be their 13th win in their last 15 ACC regular season games.
- Give Robbie Church 315 career wins as a women’s soccer coach. He currently sits tied for 19th amongst active head coaches and tied for 28th all-time.
- Be the 390th victory in program history, moving them 10 away from reaching the 400 mark.
In the Rankings...
United Soccer Coaches: 17th
Soccer America: 16th
United Soccer Coaches: RV
Soccer America: NR
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
2018 Blue Devil Goal Tracker…
- Mackenzie Pluck (Unassisted) vs. #23 Ohio State - Aug. 16 (47:02)
- Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens) vs. #23 Ohio State - Aug. 16 (80:25)
- Taylor Racioppi (Kayla McCoy) vs. Illinois - Aug. 19 (15:06)
- Kayla McCoy (Taylor Mitchell) vs. Elon - Aug. 26 (33:21)
- Mackenzie Pluck (Ella Stevens; Kayla McCoy) vs. Elon - Aug. 26 (69:24)
- Marykate McGuire (Ella Stevens) vs. Elon - Aug. 26 (82:05)
- Mackenzie Pluck (Ella Stevens) vs. Marquette - Aug. 30 (67:29)
- Ella Stevens (Marykate McGuire) vs. Marquette - Aug. 30 (72:06)
- Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens; Kayla McCoy) vs. Providence - Sept. 2 (23:17)
- Marykate McGuire (Karlie Paschall) vs. Providence - Sept. 2 (36:08)
- Tess Boade (Kayla McCoy & Delaney Graham) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (58:34)
- Karlie Paschall (Penalty Kick) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (62:21)
- Karlie Paschall (Penalty Kick) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (82:20)
- Kayla McCoy (Marykate McGuire) vs. Old Dominion - Sept. 9 (2:01)
- Taylor Racioppi (Marykate McGuire) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (33:58)
- Marykate McGuire (Delaney Graham) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (39:54)
- Lily Nabet (Kayla McCoy & Karlie Paschall) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (55:26)
- Kayla McCoy (Karlie Paschall) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (71:13)
- Tess Boade (Mackenzie Pluck) at Miami – Sept. 20 (43:36)
- Taylor Racioppi (Karlie Paschall) at Miami – Sept. 20 (58:23)
- Kayla McCoy (Karlie Paschall & Marykate McGuire) vs. #4 Virginia – Sept. 23 (89:23)
- Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens) at #21 NC State – Sept. 27 (76:31)
Scouting the Demon Deacons...
Wake Forest comes into Thursday’s game after dropping a 5-1 decision at Virginia and sporting a 2-2-0 record in conference play. The Demon Deacons have four players with three goals apiece, led by Estelle Laurier, who combined with a team-high five assists, tops the team with 11 points. Nonie Frishette has been the mainstay in goal, playing all 1027:42 minutes. In that time, she’s allowed 14 goals (1.23 GAA) and made 52 saves while posting four clean sheets.
The Series with Wake Forest...
Overall: Duke leads, 16-9-4
In Durham: Duke leads, 9-1-2
First Meeting: Duke def. Wake Forest, 4-0 (Sept. 4, 1994 in Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Last Meeting: Duke def. Wake Forest, 1-0 (Oct. 6, 2016 in Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Current Streak: Duke, +3
Duke Takes 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.
Duke, Wake Team Up for Hurricane Florence Relief…
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.
Hot Streak Carries on for DWS…
After a setback against Illinois during opening weekend, the Blue Devils have been on a roll, winning or tying eight of their last nine matches. Five of the Blue Devils’ wins came during their five-game home stand, the longest such stretch of their season.
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.
The Blue Devils started their 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.
Home Sweet Home…
Koskinen Stadium has been known over the years as one of the toughest places to win in the world of women’s soccer. After enjoying a perfect 15-0-0 home record during the 2017 season, which set the DWS record for most home victories in a season, the Blue Devils are off to a 6-2-0 start this year at home. Over the last 25 games, the Blue Devils are an outstanding 23-2-0 on their home pitch.
Blue Devils Continue Unbeaten Streak Against 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.
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.
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.
Duke remains home for its next contest, closing out the weekend against Virginia Tech on Sunday, Oct. 7. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET from Koskinen and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. 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.
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