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Blue Devils Back in Action Tuesday Night
Saturday 09/17/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game 7
Duke (3-3-0) vs. UNC Greensboro (2-3-2)
Sept. 18, 2012 l 7 p.m.
Koskinen Stadium l Durham, N.C.
 

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Setting the Scene

  • Duke welcomes UNC Greensboro to close out its three-game homestand
  • The Blue Devils are 3-3-0 overall and have a three-game home win streak
  • The Blue Devils are coming off of a 2-0 win over Clemson Friday night
  • UNC Greensboro is 2-3-2 overall and most recently posted a 1-1 draw with No. 4 Charlotte  

The Series History

  • Duke leads the series with the Spartans 13-5-0 overall ... The Blue Devils are 7-3-0 against UNC Greensboro since it joined the Division I ranks in 1991 and are 1-2-0 under head coach John Kerr
  • UNCG won last season's meeting, 3-2, with three first-half goals

Tale of the Tape
 

Category

Duke

UNCG

Overall Record

3-3-0

2-3-2

Goals-Shot attempts

8-58

14-115

Goals scored per game

1.33

2

Shots on goal-Attempts

28-58

44-115

SOG Pct.

0.483

0.383

Shots/Game

9.7

16.4

GAA

0.83

1.61

Corner Kicks

27

45

Penalty Kicks

1-1

0-0

Yellow cards

12

12

Red cards

0

1


Duke by the Numbers
7-3-0 - Duke's record against UNCG since the Spartans move to Division I in 1991
3-1-0 - Duke's record at home this season, including three straight wins
212:45 -  Minutes since Duke has allowed a goal
540 -  Minutes played by rookie Zach Mathers, the lone Duke player to have played every minute this season
7 - Points scored by Duke freshmen this season
0.83 - Duke's goals against average, ranking fourth in the ACC
0 - Overtime games played by the Blue Devils, one of two ACC teams to not play extra time this season
.808 - Save percentage of James Belshaw, the third best percentage in the ACC
19 - Shots taken by sophomore Nick Palodichuk to lead all ACC players
14 - Shutouts James Belshaw owns in his four seasons in goal ... Belshaw has been a part of 19 shutouts with the Blue Devils

Last Time Out
Duke recorded a pair of second half goals, including a penalty kick by senior goalkeeper James Belshaw, to beat Clemson 2-0 in the ACC home opener ... The Blue Devils earned their second consecutive shutout and third straight home victory ... Sophomore Riley Wolfe had the game-winner for Duke off and assist from Ryan Thompson.

Scouting UNC Greensboro
The Spartans enter Tuesday night's contest with a 2-3-2 overall record after battling No. 5 Charlotte to a 1-1 draw ... UNCG owns victories over UNC Asheville and Longwood, both of which were on the road ... Hakan Ilhan is the top scorer with 11 points from five goals and an assist ... Oddur Gudmundsson has four goals ... Overall, the Spartans have scored 14 goals in seven games ... In goal, Peyton Ford has played the vast majority of minutes and sports a 1.79 goals against average and a .613 save percentage ... UNCG is 2-2-1 on the road this season.

Last Time They Met
Duke opened the 2011 campaign at UNC Greensboro, falling to the Spartans 3-2 ... UNCG jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half before Andrew Wenger rallied for two Duke goals early in the second frame to make it a one-goal game ... Hakan Ilhan had two of UNCG's three goals in the game and Peyton Ford had four saves.

Offense Getting on Track
Duke has scored five goals in the previous two outings after netting just three goals in the opening four contests ... In the opening four games of the year, the Blue Devils scored three times on 39 shots ... In the past two victories, Duke has five goals on just 19 shots.

Belshaw Defends and Scores
Senior goalkeeper James Belshaw pulled off a rare feat Friday night, recording a shutout and contributing a goal as Duke beat Clemson 2-0 ... The Nottingham, England native was spectacular in goal with six saves and connected on a penalty kick opportunity late in the second half ... His efforts were recognized by TopDrawerSoccer.com as he was named to Team of the Week following his two shutouts. 

Sebastien Ibeagha Leads All Duke Scorers
Junior center back Sebastien Ibeagha leads all Duke scorers with seven points ... He is one of eight players to post at least two goals in a game this season when he netted two scores versus Georgia State.

First Off the Bench
Duke generally will play 14-15 players in a game ... A host of players have gotten the first call to check in this season with three different players being the first up off the bench twice this season. 
 
 

Team

Clock*

Players

Notre Dame

26:11:00

Aguirre, Rendon, Slotnick

Santa Clara

21:14

Aguirre

Delaware

20:06

Donovan

Virginia

0:55

Donovan^

Virginia

23:44

Rendon

Georgia State

26:59:00

Coleman

Clemson

30:02:00

Coleman

*denotes time elapsed in first half
^ substitution for injury

Mathers a Marathon Man
Freshman Zach Mathers has played all 540 minutes this season for the Blue Devils, the lone player to do so ... Mathers has split his time between center back with junior Sebastien Ibeagha and center midfield with Sean Davis ... A talented player, Mathers comes to Duke from Keller, Texas where he played for Solar Chelsea Academy.
In Non-Conference Games
Duke is 2-2-0 in non-conference games to start the 2012 season and holds an overall record of 32-16-4 mark against non-league foes since 2008 ... The Blue Devils' best non-conference schedule was a 10-3-0 mark in 2009.

Close Calls
Five of Duke's 10 previous meetings with UNC Greensboro have been decided by one goal with  two going into overtime ... The Blue Devils and Spartans have never tied.

Follow Duke on Twitter
The Duke men's soccer team is on Twitter ... Fans can follow @Duke_MSOC for in-game updates, pictures from Duke's travels and more.

Next Up
The Blue Devils resume ACC play Sept. 21 when they travel to Wake Forest at 7 p.m. ... Duke travels to UNC Wilmington for its next non-conference game Sept. 25.


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