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Duke Closes ACC Regular Season at Virginia Tech Saturday
Wednesday 10/26/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game 15
Duke (6-7-1, 2-4-1 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech (6-7-3, 0-5-1 ACC)
Oct. 27, 2012 l 7 p.m.
Blacksburg, Va. l Thompson Field

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Setting the Scene

  • Duke closes its ACC regular season Saturday night at Virginia Tech
  • The Blue Devils are 6-7-1 and 2-4-1 in ACC play with wins over Clemson and NC State
  • Virginia Tech is 6-7-3 overall and 0-5-1 against conference foes with a tie against Boston College
  • The Hokies are coming off of a 1-0 win over Radford Tuesday night

The Series History

  • Duke leads the young series 8-2-3 overall and is 4-0-0 under head coach John Kerr vs. the Hokies
  • Duke's last loss to Virginia Tech came in 2004, a 1-0 setback in Durham
  • The Blue Devils have shut out the Hokies three times in the 13 games

Tale of the Tape
 

Category

Duke

VT

Overall Record

6-7-1

6-7-3

Goals-Shot attempts

16-140

17-185

Goals scored per game

1.14

1.06

Shots on goal-Attempts

63-140

78-185

SOG Pct.

0.45

0.422

Shots/Game

10

11.6

GAA

0.84

1.31

Corner Kicks

69

77

Penalty Kicks

1-1

2-2

Yellow cards

24

20

Red cards

3

1


Duke by the Numbers
15-4 - Duke has outscored the Hokies in the past four meetings
9:56 - Minutes Zach Mathers spent on the bench versus Davidson, the first time the Duke rookie had come off the field this season
2 - Goals scored by Will Donovan in win over Davidson, his first career goals as a Blue Devil
1 -  More regular season home game remaining on the schedule
8 - Blue Devils recorded their first career points this season
5 - Shutouts this season for senior goalkeeper James Belshaw, just one shy of matching his career high in 2010
3 -  Goals allowed by Duke in the first half this season
4,243 - Career minutes played by junior Rob Dolot, leading all Blue Devil juniors
16 - Points by Duke center backs Sebastien Ibeagha and Zach Mathers this season
0.84 - Duke's goals-against average this season, one of five ACC teams to post a GAA less than one

Last Time Out
Junior striker Will Donovan registered his first career goals as a Blue Devil, netting one in each half to lead Duke to a 2-0 victory over Davidson ... Sophomore Jack Coleman picked up his first collegiate assist, while freshman Zach Mathers earned his team-leading fourth assist of the season ... James Belshaw had six saves to post his fifth shutout of the season and 18th of his career.

Scouting Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech enters its final regular season home contest with a 6-7-3 overall record and in search of its first ACC victory (0-5-1) ... David Clemens headlines the Hokie offense with 15 points from seven goals and one assist ... Three players have two goals apiece with Connor Pomplio owning two goals and two assists for six points ... Kyle Renfro has anchored the defense in goal with a 1.32 goals against average and a .768 save percentage ... Renfro has played all but 13 minutes this season as the Hokies are 4-3-2 at home.

In Conference Games
Duke holds a 2-4-1 record this season in ACC play with the most recent result being a 1-0 setback to Boston College ... Under head coach John Kerr, Duke is 16-17-6 against ACC foes.

In Common
Duke and Virginia Tech do not share any current  common non-conference opponents and have faced six of the seven ACC foes ... The Blue Devils own victories over Clemson and NC State and a tie versus Wake Forest ... Virginia Tech has a tie versus Boston College ... The Hokies lost to future Blue Devil foe SIU Edwardsville 3-1 in the 2012 opener.

Opponents

Duke

Davidson

North Carolina

L, 1-2 (OT)

L, 0-2

Boston College

L, 0-1

T, 1-1 (2OT)

Maryland

L, 0-2

L, 1-2

Wake Forest

T, 0-0 (2OT)

L, 0-4

NC State

W, 1-0

L, 0-1

Virginia

L, 0-1

L, 2-3 (OT)

Last Time They Met
Jonathan Aguirre registered his second goal of the season and senior Jan Trnka-Amrhein caused an own goal to help Duke to a 2-1 victory over the Hokies ... The Blue Devils were up 2-0 late in the game before Virginia Tech got on the board to make it interesting in the final few minutes ... James Belshaw had three saves. 

Two Goals Key to Blue Devils Victory
The Blue Devils fare well when they net two goals in a game, sporting a perfect 4-0-0 record in those instances ... Duke is 1-4-0 when scoring just one goal, with that one victory being against NC State.

Young Blue Devils Contributing Offensively
The Blue Devils have received 27 of their 49 points this season from either freshmen or sophomores ... The talented group of underclassmen has combined for six goals and 15 assists, including three game-winning scores.

Mathers a Marathon Man
Prior to the 2-0 shutout against Davidson, freshman Zach Mathers had played all 1192 minutes for the Blue Devils, the lone player to do so ... With 30 minutes to go against the Wildcats, Mathers came to the bench ... The Keller, Texas native returned to the game nine minutes later ... Overall he has played in all but nine minutes this season, ranking second on the team in minutes played.

Blue Devils Get First Collegiate Points
A host of Blue Devils have registered their first career points this season ... Overall eight different players scored either their first career goal or assist in a Duke uniform.

 

Player

Yr.

G-A-P

Opponent

Luis Rendon

Fr.

1-1-3

Delaware

Ryan Thompson

Fr.

0-1-1

Delaware

Zach Mathers

Fr.

0-2-2

Georgia State

Chase Keesling

So.

0-1-1

Georgia State

James Belshaw

Sr.

1-0-2

Clemson

Alex Sauciuc

Jr.

1-0-2

Presbyterian

Will Donovan

Jr.

2-0-2

Davidson

Jack Coleman

So.

0-1-1

Davidson

Next Up
Duke finishes the regular season with a pair of non-conference games next week ... The Blue Devils travel to Elon Tuesday and host SIU Edwardsville Friday evening.

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