DURHAM, N.C. – Coming off a thrilling victory on Thursday against Wake Forest, the No. 17 Duke Blue Devils (9-2-2, 3-1-1 ACC) will look to keep the good times rolling on Sunday as they host the Virginia Tech Hokies (7-3-3, 3-2-0) at Koskinen Stadium.
The contest is set for a 1 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 two straight against Tech, with the last meeting being a 3-0 Blue Devil victory on Sept. 17, 2017 in Durham. Duke holds a 6-2-1 advantage at home against the Hokies.
There was no lack of excitement last time out for the Blue Devils, as they scored with 49 seconds left in regulation to capture a 3-2 win against Wake Forest. Kayla McCoy tallied her fifth-career multi-goal game to give Duke a 2-0 advantage heading into the half. However, the Demon Deacons battled back to tie the match with 13 minutes remaining. With under a minute remaining, Ella Stevens sent a free kick into the box that was headed home by Kat McDonald to propel Duke to its eighth win in its last 10 matches.
The Blue Devils will only have one match on tap next week, as they will head to Clemson for a Saturday, Oct. 13 matchup. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET from Historic Riggs Field. The matchup will be the first between the two since 2016 and the first at Clemson since 2014.
No. 17 Duke Blue Devils (9-2-2, 3-1-1 ACC)
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Virginia Tech (7-3-3, 3-2-0 ACC)
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Game Day Info…
Sunday, October 7
No. 17 Duke vs. Virginia Tech – 1:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Sunday’s contest between the Blue Devils and the Hokies 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. Virginia Tech ACC Network Extra Broadcast
Duke will provide live statistics for Sunday’s matchup. Live stats can be found by clicking the link below.
No. 17 Duke vs. Virginia Tech 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
The first 250 fans at Sunday’s match will receive a Duke soccer scarf at the marketing tables located at the entrances of Koskinen Stadium. Sunday’s game is also a part of Duke Women’s Soccer Alumni Weekend, as the program celebrates 30 years. DWS alumni will be recognized on field at halftime and will then head to Skandalaris Pavilion for an autograph session.
Sunday, October 7 – High 86, Low 67; Partly Cloudy (20%)
Last Time Out…
Duke picked up a thrilling 3-2 victory Thursday night at home against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. After Kayla McCoy tallied her fifth-career multi-goal game to give Duke a 2-0 leading heading into the half, Wake stormed back to tie things up with 13 minutes remaining. Then with 49 seconds left in regulation, Ella Stevens sent a free kick into the box that Kat McDonald headed home for the game-winning score.
Thursday, Oct. 4
No. 17 Duke def. Wake Forest, 3-2 (Recap | Stats | Photos)
A Blue Devil Win Would…
- Improve their record against Virginia Tech to 11-5-1.
- Be the program’s third-straight win against the Hokies.
- Moves them to a 7-2-1 record at home against Virginia Tech.
- Make them 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
- Improve them to 8-2-0 at home this season. Duke is currently 25-2-0 in its last 27 games at home.
- Be their 14th win in their last 16 ACC regular season games.
- Give Robbie Church 316 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 391st victory in program history, moving them nine away from reaching the 400 mark.
In the Rankings...
United Soccer Coaches: 17th
Soccer America: 16th
United Soccer Coaches: RV
Soccer America: 20th
2018 Blue Devil Leaders...
Points: Kayla McCoy, 19
Goals: Kayla McCoy, 7
Assists: Ella Stevens, 7
Shots: Kayla McCoy, 37
Shots On Goal: Kayla McCoy, 19
Game-Winning Goals: Kayla McCoy & Mackenzie Pluck, 2
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.68
Saves: Brooke Heinsohn, 39
Save Percentage: Brooke Heinsohn, .812
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)
- Kayla McCoy (Taylor Racioppi) vs. Wake Forest – Oct. 4 (2:46)
- Kayla McCoy (Kat McDonald) vs. Wake Forest – Oct. 4 (27:22)
- Kat McDonald (Ella Stevens) vs. Wake Forest – Oct. 4 (89:11)
Scouting the Hokies...
Despite losing their last match at No. 11 Boston College, 3-0, the Hokies enter Sunday having won three of their last four and as one of the top teams in the ACC with a 7-3-3 record. Tech is led by Karlie Johnson, who has 10 points and five goals on the season, while Emily Gray and Kristina Diana pace the team with three assists each. Mandy McGlynn has played all 1230:00 in goal this year, allowing 10 scores (0.73 GAA) and making 41 saves.
The Series with Virginia Tech...
Overall: Duke leads, 10-5-1
In Durham: Duke leads, 6-2-1
First Meeting: Duke def. Virginia Tech, 9-3 (Oct. 17, 2004 in Durham, N.C.)
Last Meeting: Duke def. Virginia Tech, 3-0 (Sept. 17, 2017 in Durham, N.C.)
Current Streak: Duke, +2
Duke Looks for Third-Straight W Against VT…
The Blue Devils will look for their third-straight win against the Hokies when the two battle on Sunday. Duke took a 3-0 decision last season in Durham and a 4-0 contest in 2016 in Blacksburg. Duke is 6-2-1 at home against VT, with the Hokies only wins coming in 2005 and 2015. Duke has outscored Virginia Tech 22-10 in nine matches in Durham.
In last year’s meeting, the Blue Devils received goals from Chelsea Burns, Ashton Miller and Imani Dorsey in the win. EJ Proctor made four saves to give Duke its second-straight shutout in the series.
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 nine of their last 10 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 14 of their last 15 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 3-1-1 through five 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 7-2-0 start this year at home. Over the last 27 games, the Blue Devils are an outstanding 25-2-0 on their home pitch.
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 19 points and seven goals while her five assists are tied for second on the squad. The Lincolnwood, Ill., native has tallied one four-point and two three-point contests this season and has at least one in all but four matches in 2018, tallying a point in eight of the last 10 matches.
McCoy’s play has ramped up in conference action, as she has tallied five goals and an assist in five ACC contests. Her five goals lead the ACC and her 11 points are tied for first. She is also tied for tops in the conference with 18 shots and 3.60 attempts per game.
Blue Devils One of the Nation’s Top Assists Teams…
With 27 assists so far this year, the Blue Devils have become one of the nation’s best when it comes to dropping dimes. Their 27 rank fourth in the ACC and 18th in the country. Leading the way is Ella Stevens, who has seven assists this season. She stands second in the conference and eighth 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 two goals Thursday, she continued her climb up that chart. She currently has 33 scores over her career, putting her alone at sixth. She is one 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.
Lastly, McCoy’s performance against Wake Forest was the fifth multi-goal game of her career. That total ties her for fifth in program history. She is one multi-goal game away from tying Kim DeCesare (2009-13) for fourth. Casey McCluskey (2001-04) owns the DWS record with 10.
Stevens Among the DWS Assists Elite...
With her team-high seven dimes so far, Ella Stevens has cracked the top five on Duke’s all-time assists list. She now has 24 for her career, which puts her fourth in DWS history. She is five from tying Mollie Pathman (2010-13) for third. Andi Melde (1994-97) holds the all-time record at Duke with 42.
Duke will only have one match on tap next week, as the Blue Devils will head to Clemson for a Saturday, Oct. 13 matchup. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET from Historic Riggs Field. The matchup will be the first between the two since 2016 and the first at Clemson since 2014.
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