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Duke Hosts Virginia in Rare Midweek ACC Clash
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Release: 10/08/2013
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Game 12
Duke (4-4-3, 0-3-2 ACC) vs. Virginia (6-3-1, 2-2-1 ACC)
Oct. 8, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
Setting the Scene
• Duke plays an unusual Tuesday night ACC game against Virginia Oct. 8
• The Blue Devils are coming off of a 0-0 tie at No. 12 North Carolina and are in search of their first ACC win at 0-3-2 in the league
• The match is part of a four-game ACC swing
The Series History
• Duke and Virginia will be playing for the 84th time overall
• The Cavaliers have the narrow 38-37-4 edge in the series and have won each of the past two
• Duke is 5-4-1 against UVA in the past 10 outings and 2-3-1 under head coach John Kerr
• Four of the previous seven matches have gone to overtime
Tale of the Tape



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Duke by the Numbers
36 – Times the Duke vs. Virginia game has been decided by one goal
44 – Saves by Alex Long this season, ranking second in the ACC and 25th nationally
7 – Of the previous eight meetings that have resulted in either one-goal decisions or ties
17 – Of the 37 wins over Virginia that have come at home
3 – First-half goals allowed by the Blue Devils this season
1 – Times Duke has been shut out this season
5 – Shutouts posted by Virginia in 2013, two of which came in ACC play
16 – Times Duke and Virginia have gone into overtime in the 83 meetings
4 – Straight ACC games Duke will play in a two-week span
2 – Times this season Virginia has been held to one goal or fewer
24 – Goals scored by the Cavaliers in 2013, tied for the most in league
About the Blue Devils
Duke welcomes Virginia to Koskinen Stadium for an unusual midweek ACC matchup ... This is the first time any current Blue Devils have played a Tuesday night regular season ACC game ... Duke is coming off of a 0-0 draw at No. 12 North Carolina Friday night ... Redshirt senior Alex Long made seven saves in the scoreless battle ... Overall, Duke is 4-4-3 and 0-3-2- in ACC play ... Brody Huitema has five goals in the past six games and 11 points overall, while Sean Davis has two goals and three assists for seven points ... Huitema has scored in four of the past six games and hit the crossbar against the Tar Heels ... Sebastien Ibeagha and Zach Mathers have helped Long anchor the defense lately ... Long sports a 1.27 goals against average and a .746 save percentage with three shutouts ... His 44 saves are the second most in the ACC and rank 25th nationally.
About the Cavaliers
Virginia continues its ACC schedule following a commanding 5-0 victory over Pittsburgh Friday ... Scoring has been balanced for the Cavaliers with Eric Bird leading the way with five goals and 13 points overall ... Riggs Lennon has four goals and four others have at least two tallies ... Virginia’s 24 goals this season are tied for the most in the ACC and sixth in the nation ... Defensively, the Cavaliers have allowed 11 goals with Jeff Gal spearheading the goalkeeping efforts with a 1.10 goals against average and a .633 save percentage ... He has just 19 saves in nearly 900 minutes of action this season ... Overall, Virginia is letting its opponents take just 7.5 shots per game and own five shutouts.
Last Time We Met
Duke and Virginia last met early in the 2012 season in Charlottesville ... The Cavaliers scored early in the second half and held on for the 1-0 home victory ... Virginia held an 11-6 advantage in shots for the game.
Last Time Out
Duke hit the crossbar and had a point-blank shot blocked as it battled No. 12 North Carolina to a 0-0 draw ... The Tar Heels had a 20-6 advantage in shots, but the Blue Devils had great chances ... Alex Long made seven saves to post his third shutout of the year ... It marked the third time in his career he has recorded seven-plus saves.
Duke posted its third shutout of the season in the 0-0 tie with No. 12 North Carolina Friday night … It also marked the first time this season Duke had been held scoreless … Virginia brings five shutouts with them, including two in ACC play.
Duke in Extra Time
The Blue Devils have played four overtime games this season, tying North Carolina, Rutgers and Virginia Tech 1-1 in 110 minutes of action and beating Davidson 3-2 in OT ... Overall, Duke has played 120 overtime games in its history and is 44-36-40 in those contests ... Duke is 12-9-20 in multiple overtime games according to the season ledgers. ... The Blue Devils played a program-high seven overtime games in 2010 ... Against the Cavaliers, Duke is 7-3-6 in overtime.
Mathers a Man of Many Positions
Sophomore Zach Mathers made the move from the back to an attacking midfield role earlier this season before returning to the backline again versus Wright State ... In his seven games as an attacking midfielder, the sophomore netted two goals and two assists ...  An All-ACC Freshman Team selection as a center back in 2012, Mathers has started all 11 games this season ... His six points are just two points shy of matching his points total from a year ago.
McDaniel Shining as a Senior
Duke senior Tyler McDaniel is having a strong senior season ... The third of three brothers to play Duke soccer has started the past four games and six overall this season at both defense and midfield ... He most recently played 87 of the 110 minutes at North Carolina.
Veterans Get the Nod
Head coach John Kerr switched up his starting lineup to feature a veteran squad against North Carolina ... The Blue Devils’ starting XI featured seven seniors, three juniors and a sophomore ... It was the first start of the season for senior Will Donovan, who saw time both on attack and in the back against the Tar Heels, while Alex Sauciuc and Jonathan Aguirre got his second.
Next Up
The Blue Devils continue their four-game ACC swing Friday against NC State at 7 p.m.... Duke will finally get a much-needed break as it does not have another game until Oct. 18 at Boston College.