DURHAM, N.C. – After picking up a pair of crucial ACC victories at home last week, the No. 11 Duke Blue Devils (10-2-2, 4-1-1 ACC) will head back on the road for a Saturday, Oct. 13 matchup at Clemson. 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…
Saturday, October 9
No. 11 Duke vs. Clemson – 5:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Historic Riggs Field
Last Time Out…
The Blue Devils reeled off back-to-back ACC victories last week at Koskinen, taking down Wake Forest and Virginia Tech for wins three and four of the conference season. Kayla McCoy tallied the first two goals on Thursday against Wake before the Demon Deacons tied it up. A Kat McDonald header of an Ella Stevens free kick in the final minute pushed Duke to a 3-2 victory.
Sunday saw McCoy pick up her third goal of the weekend to give Duke a 1-0 advantage in the second half. Karlie Paschall reeled off a rocket of a free kick in the final moments of the contest to seal the 2-0 victory.
Thursday, Oct. 4
No. 17 Duke def. Wake Forest, 3-2 (Recap | Stats | Photos)
Sunday, Oct. 7
No. 17 Duke def. Virginia Tech, 2-0 (Recap | Stats | Photos)
Duke in the Rankings...
United Soccer Coaches: 11th (Previous: 17th)
Soccer America: 11th (Previous: 16th)
TopDrawerSoccer: 9th (Previous: 14th)
2018 Blue Devil Leaders...
Points: Kayla McCoy, 21
Goals: Kayla McCoy, 8
Assists: Ella Stevens, 8
Shots: Kayla McCoy, 41
Shots On Goal: Kayla McCoy, 22
Game-Winning Goals: Kayla McCoy, 3
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.63
Saves: Brooke Heinsohn, 40
Save Percentage: Brooke Heinsohn, .816
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)
- Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens & Kat McDonald) vs. Virginia Tech – Oct. 7 (66:54)
- Karlie Paschall (Unassisted) vs. Virginia Tech – Oct. 7 (85:50)
Blue Devils Heating Up as They Hit the Homestretch…
After reeling off a perfect 2-0-0 weekend at home, the Blue Devils improved to 10-2-2 on the year and 8-1-1 in their last 10 contests. The two conference victories give Duke 13 points in the ACC standings, two behind Boston College for second.
Home Sweet Home…
Koskinen Stadium has long been known as one of the toughest places to play in collegiate soccer and collegiate lacrosse. That has remained true lately for the Duke women’s soccer program, as the Blue Devils hold a 26-2-0 record in their last 27 home matches. That includes a perfect 15-0-0 home record last season, a school record, along with an 8-2-0 showing this season so far.
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 Take on Clemson for First Time Since 2016…
Saturday’s matchup will be the first between the Blue Devils and the Tigers since the 2016 season and the first in Clemson since 2014. Clemson, who holds a 13-11-1 advantage in the series, has won the last two meetings, both by the score of 1-0. Duke’s last win against the Tigers came in 2012, a 3-0 victory in Durham. The Blue Devils last won at Clemson in 2011, a 2-0 triumph.
McCoy Continues Her Record Book Climb…
Senior Kayla McCoy has cracked a number of top 10 charts so far this season, including entering the top five in a number of records. With her three goals last week, she currently has 34 for her career, tying her with KayAnne Gummersall (2006-09) for fifth all-time. Kelly Walbert (1992-95) owns the program record with 47-career scores.
McCoy’s three game-winning goals this season has her career total now up to 13, putting her along at fourth on the DWS all-time list. She’s one shy of Elizabeth Redmond (2006-09) for third place and seven behind the record holder Kelly Walbert (1992-95), who has 20.
The Duke senior forward also stands tied for fifth with five career multi-goal performances and sixth with 82 career points.
Stevens Among the DWS Assists Elite...
With her team-high eight dimes so far, Ella Stevens has cracked the top five on Duke’s all-time assists list. She now has 25 for her career, which ties her for fourth in DWS history with Kelly Walbert (1992-95). She is four 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 Sunday also extended its dominance in regular season conference play. The Blue Devils have either won or tied in 15 of their last 16 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 4-1-1 through four matches this year.
Blue Devils One of the Nation’s Top Assists Teams…
With 29 assists so far this year, the Blue Devils have become one of the nation’s best when it comes to dropping dimes. Their 29 rank fourth in the ACC and 19th in the country. Leading the way is Ella Stevens, who has eight assists this season. Those eight are tied for second in the conference and eighth in the NCAA.
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