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No. 12 Duke Closes Weekend Against Providence
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Release: 09/01/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The 12th-ranked Duke Blue Devils (3-1-1) will look to close out the 2018 Duke Nike Classic on a perfect note, as they host the Providence Friars (3-1-0) Sunday at Koskinen Stadium.

The match is set for a 2:30 p.m. ET start. It will follow the conclusion of the day’s first match between No. 3 North Carolina and Marquette, set to begin at noon. Both matches will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and fans can access the contests through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.

Sunday is only the second meeting all time between Duke and Providence and the first in Durham. The previous matchup came in 1993, when Providence earned a 1-0 victory in Williamsburg, Va.

Duke has won its last two contests, including a 2-0 victory against Marquette to open the weekend tournament. Mackenzie Pluck scored her team-leading third goal of the season and second game winner, which is first in the ACC and fourth nationally. Ella Stevens contributed her first goal and team-best fourth assist of the season. Brooke Heinsohn was again a force in goal, sealing her fourth shutout of the season, which ranks tied for first in the country.

The Blue Devils wrap up their five-match home stand next week against Nebraska (Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.) and Old Dominion (Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.). Both matches will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.

No. 12 Duke Blue Devils (3-1-1)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes

Providence Friars (3-1-0)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results

Game Day Info…

Sunday, September 2
No. 12 Duke vs. Providence – 2:30 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Live Stats
Durham, N.C.
Koskinen Stadium

2018 Duke Nike Classic Schedule…

Thursday, August 30
No. 3 North Carolina def. Providence, 1-0
No. 12 Duke def. Marquette, 2-0

Sunday, September 2
No. 3 North Carolina vs. Marquette – 12:00 p.m. ET
No. 12 Duke vs. Providence – 2:30 p.m. ET

Live Broadcast…
Sunday’s contest between the Blue Devils and the Friars 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. 12 Duke vs. Providence ACC Network Extra Broadcast

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

No. 12 Duke vs. Providence Live Stats

Ticket Information…
Single game and season tickets are available for purchase for the 2018 Duke women’s soccer season. Tickets are $5 and groups of 10+ are $4 each. Ages two and under receive free admission. Season tickets are $85 and include all home games for men’s and women’s soccer. 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 


Game Day Promotions…
Sunday’s match is Daddy/Daughter Day and fans will receive Duke women’s soccer magnet picture frames while supplies last. Fans can also pick up their 2018 Duke women’s soccer poster.

Weather…
Sunday, September 2High 89, Low 71; Partly Cloudy (20%)

Last Time Out…
After a scoreless first half, Mackenzie Pluck and Ella Stevens turned in second half goals to push the Blue Devils past Marquette to open up the 2018 Duke Nike Classic. Stevens assisted on the first goal, Pluck’s team-leading third score of the season. Stevens then scored later in the game, her first goal of the year. Freshman Marykate McGuire tallied her first assist of her career on Stevens’ goal.

Thursday, August 23
No. 12 Duke def. Marquette, 2-0 (Recap | Stats | Photos)

A Blue Devil Win Would…

  • Be their first win against Providence in history (0-1-0)
  • Mark the second-straight season they have swept the Duke Nike Classic
  • Be the first time they have gone 2-0 in the Duke Nike Classic since 2011-12
  • Move Duke to 208-68-29 all-time in home matches
  • Make Duke 2-0-1 against Big East opponents in 2018
  • Improve them to 8-2-2 against Big East opponents
  • Be the 385th victory in program history, moving them 15 away from reaching the 400 mark


In the Rankings...
 

Duke
United Soccer Coaches: 12th 
Soccer America: 24th
TopDrawerSoccer: 11th    

Providence
United Soccer Coaches: NR
Soccer America: NR
TopDrawerSoccer: NR   

2018 Blue Devil Leaders...

Points: Mackenzie Pluck & Ella Stevens, 6
Goals: Mackenzie Pluck, 3
Assists: Ella Stevens, 4
Shots: Marykate McGuire, 14
Shots On Goal: Kayla McCoy, 8
Game-Winning Goals: Mackenzie Pluck, 2
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.38
Saves: Brooke Heinsohn, 20
Save Percentage: Brooke Heinsohn, .909

2018 Blue Devil Goal Tracker…

  1. Mackenzie Pluck (Unassisted) vs. No. 23 Ohio State – Aug. 16, 2018 (47:02)
  2. Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens) vs. No. 23 Ohio State – Aug. 16, 2018 (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)


Scouting the Friars...
Providence is 3-1 entering Sunday after falling in a 1-0 decision to No. 3 North Carolina in the first match of the 2018 Duke Nike Classic. It also marked the first game the Friars had given up a goal, having outscored opponents, 5-0, through the first three matches. Providence has five different goal scorers in 2018, with Hannah McNulty and Amber Birchwell leading the team with three points each. Shelby Hogan is the one between the pipes, recording 14 saves and holding a 0.25 GAA.

The Series with Providence...

Overall: Providence leads, 1-0-0
In Durham: First Meeting
First Meeting: Providence def. Duke, 1-0 (Oct. 3, 1993 in Williamsburg, Va.)
Current Streak: Providence +1

Stevens Cracks Top 10 List...
Ella Stevens tallied her fourth assist of the season with a dime against Marquette. That moved her to 21 for her career and 10th all-time at Duke, tying Lauren Tippets (2003-06), Gilda Doria (2010-14) and Toni Payne (2013-16).

Kayla McCoy is closing in on a top 10 list of her own. She currently sits with 27 goals and with her next score will tie former Blue Devils Caitlin Connolly (1989-92), Carolyn Riggs (2002-05) and Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-13) for 10th all-time.

Blue Devils Starting to Heat Up…
It was a slow start to the year for Duke, only tallying three goals, giving up three and going 1-1 in the first two matches. That tide has turned in the last two contests, as the Blue Devils have tallied five goals and posted a pair of shutouts in the process.

Since allowing two goals to Illinois, the Blue Devils have elevated their defense to one of the nation’s best. Duke’s four shutouts are tied for second in the ACC and its .800 shutout percentage is second in the conference and 14th nationally.

Pluck Growing into an Offensive Threat…
On one of the most youthful squads in Duke history, it only seems right that a freshman is making an early impact. Freshman Mackenzie Pluck leads the team with three goals in 2018, two of those being game winners. Her trio of scores stand fourth in the league and 34th nationally, while the two game-winning goals are tops in the ACC and fourth in the country.

Career Goal No. 1 for McGuire…
After coming close in the first three matches of the season, freshman Marykate McGuire finally broke through with her first-career goal last Sunday against Elon. Ella Stevens fed the ball to the left side of the 18’ to McGuire, who slammed it home to put the match’s score at its final total, 3-0.

McGuire is the second Blue Devil this year to score her first-career goal, joining Mackenzie Pluck who tallied her first score in the season-opening win against No. 23 Ohio State.

Weekly Honors for Heinsohn…
After posting a pair of shutouts, including a career showing in a top 15 road matchup, Duke Blue Devils’ redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week.

The is the first ACC weekly honor for Heinsohn in her career. This is the first weekly laurel for a Blue Devil since Chelsea Burns was tabbed ACC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 31, 2017 and the first for a Duke netminder since EJ Proctor on Sept. 12, 2017.

Heinsohn recorded her second and third shutouts of the season last week. Topping that list was a career-high 10 saves in the clean sheet at No. 15 Georgetown, as the two sides played to a scoreless draw. The Norfolk, Mass., native then turned in a second-straight shutout in a Sunday 3-0 victory against Elon behind three saves.

Next Up…
After wrapping up the Duke Nike Classic, the 12th-ranked Blue Devils wrap up their five-match home stand against Nebraska (Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.) and Old Dominion (Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.). Both matches will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.

Social Media…
Fans can keep up with all things Duke women’s soccer by following the program on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for “DukeWSoc”. Behind-the-scenes content of women’s soccer and all Duke athletic programs can be found on Snapchat by following “dukeathletics”.

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