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Duke Ends Regular Season Road Schedule at No. 23 Elon
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Release: 10/30/2012
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Game 16
Duke (7-7-1) at No. 23 Elon (12-4-2)
Oct. 30, 2012 l 7 p.m.
Elon, N.C. l Rudd Field

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Setting the Scene

  • Duke begins the final week of the regular season at Elon Tuesday night
  • The Blue Devils are 7-7-1 and have posted 2-0 shutouts in consecutive games
  • Elon is 12-4-1 overall and is coming off of a 2-1 overtime win over UNC Greensboro
  • The Phoenix has won three straight and has netted at least two goals in 12 of its 17 contests

The Series History

  • Duke leads the young series 8-0-2 overall and is 2-0-2 under head coach John Kerr
  • Duke and Elon have tied in each of the past two outings
  • Duke is outscoring the Phoenix 37-5 in the 10 meetings

Tale of the Tape 




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Duke by the Numbers
3-0-2 - Duke's record versus Elon since the Phoenix joined the Division I ranks in 1999
19 - Career shutouts by senior James Belshaw
199:58 - Duke's current shutout streak, dating back to the 71st minute against Boston College
6-1 - What Duke has outscored its past four opponents by, going 3-1-0
31 - Points by Duke freshmen and sophomores this season with eight goals and 15 assists
3 -  Goals allowed by Duke in the first half this season
4 - Times Duke has allowed two goals this season
7 - Shutouts this season two shy of matching the nine in 2008, the most under head coach John Kerr
12 - Times Elon has scored at least two goals in 2012
0.79 - Duke's goals-against average this season, the lowest for the Blue Devils through 15 games under head coach John Kerr

Last Time Out
Duke scored a goal in each half en route to beating Virginia Tech 2-0 in its ACC finale ... The Blue Devils recorded their seventh shutout of the season and second consecutive ... Rookie Zach Mathers registered his first career goal, while Riley Wolfe netted the second goal to ice the victory ... Jonathan Aguirre posted the assist on the second goal and goalkeeper James Belshaw earned his sixth assist of the year.

Scouting Elon
Elon enters its final regular season game with a 12-4-1 overall record and riding a three-game win streak ... The Phoenix, averaging 2.27 goals per game, ranks 11th nationally in scoring offense and have scored at least two goals in 12 of its 17 contests ... Chris Thomas headlines the high-powered offense with 21 goals and five assists for 47 points ... He currently leads the nation in total points and has scored in all but three contests this season ... Matt Wescoe has 14 points from four goals and a team-high six assists ... In goal, Nathan Dean has played every minute and owns a 1.51 goals against average and a .716 save percentage with five shutouts ... Elon is 4-3-1 at home this season.

Tuesday Night Soccer
Duke is 3-1-0 this season in Tuesday night non-conference contests and is an impressive 10-3-2 all-time under head coach John Kerr in Tuesday evening games ... The Blue Devils' last loss on a Tuesday night match was 2-1 setback at UNC Wilmington earlier this season, the first since Oct. 6, 2009.

In Common
Duke and Elon share just two common opponents this season ... Both squads took on Davidson and Wake Forest, going a combined 3-0-1 against the opponents.






W, 2-0

W, 2-0

Wake Forest

T, 0-0 (2OT)

W, 1-0

Familiar Foes
There will be a trio of Green Hope High School grads on the field Tuesday ... Blue Devils Chase Keesling and Ryan Thompson and Elon's Nick Butterly all attended Green Hope High School ... The three also competed for the same club in CASL  Chelsea ... In addition, Phoenix midfielder Matt Wescoe also was a member of the CASL Chelsea club program.

Last Time They Met
Matt Slotnick registered his first collegiate goal to help the Blue Devils come from behind for a 2-2 draw with Elon ... Junior Andrew Wenger had the other goal for the Blue Devils ... Duke took a 1-0 lead into halftime before Chris Thomas netted two in 3:22 for the 2-1 advantage ... Slotnick evened the score for the Blue Devils in the 73rd minute off an assist from Chris Tweed-Kent ... James Belshaw finished with two saves.

Two Goals Key to Blue Devils Victory
The Blue Devils fare well when they net two goals in a game, sporting a perfect 5-0-0 record in those instances ... Duke is 1-4-0 when scoring just one goal, with that one victory being against NC State.

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
Duke will celebrate senior night Friday as it hosts SIU Edwardsville at 7 p.m. Lone senior James Belshaw will be honored prior to the game.