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Blue Devils to Tangle with Panthers Saturday
Thursday 11/01/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game 17
Duke (6-4-6, 1-3-5 ACC) vs. Pittsburgh (0-9-4, 0-7-2 ACC)
Nov. 2, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Pa. | Ambrose Urbanic Field
 
 
Setting the Scene
• The Blue Devils put their six-game unbeaten streak to the test Saturday night at Pittsburgh
• Duke is coming off of a thrilling comeback 2-2 draw against No. 15 Wake Forest
• The Blue Devils are 6-4-6 overall and 1-3-5 in ACC play
• Pitt is 0-9-4 on the year and 0-7-2 in the ACC and most recently fell to North Carolina, 1-0
 
The Series History
• Duke and Pittsburgh are facing each other as ACC foes for the first time in the programs’ histories
• The match is the second overall between the two squads and the first since a 1-0 Duke win in 1955
 
Tale of the Tape              
 

Duke

PITT

Overall Record

6-4-6

0-9-4

Goals-Shot attempts

21-221

4-105

Goals scored per game

1.31

0.31

Shots on goal-Attempts

88-221

35-105

SOG Pct.

0.398

0.333

Shots/Game

13.81

8.1

GAA

1.03

1.51

Corner Kicks

99

68

Penalty Kicks

2-3

0-2

Yellow cards

28

26

Red cards

0

1

 
Duke by the Numbers
1 – Meeting between Duke and Pittsburgh overall, a 1-0 win for the Blue Devils in 1955
3 – Goals allowed by Duke in the past six outings for a 0.44 goals against average
5 – Goals for Sean Davis, a career-best for the junior midfielder
6 – Unbeaten streak for the Blue Devils, dating back to Oct. 1, a 2-1 loss to UNC Wilmington
7 – Goals scored by Duke in the past four outings after netting just two in the previous four games
1.03 – Alex Long’s goals against average, a career-best for the redshirt senior
17 – Second-half goals by Duke in 2013 compared to just three in the first half
15 – Points by freshman Brody Huitema, ranking second among freshmen in the ACC and 10th nationally
44 – Seconds between Duke’s two goals in the comeback 2-2 draw with No. 15 Wake Forest
2-0-2 – Duke’s record this season when trailing at halftime
 
About the Blue Devils
Duke puts its six-game unbeaten streak to the test Friday night in the inaugural ACC matchup between the Blue Devils and Pittsburgh ... Duke is coming off of a 2-2 draw with No. 15 Wake Forest and has seven goals in the past four games ... Freshman Brody Huitema is the team’s top scorer with six goals and three assists, while Sean Davis has five tallies and three helpers ... Junior Nick Palodichuk has contributed nine points ... Seniors Sebastien Ibeagha and Rob Dolot anchor the backline along with veteran goalkeeper Alex Long ... Duke sports a 1.03 goals against average with six shutouts ... Long owns a .780 save percentage with 64 saves on 82 shots on goal ... The Blue Devils are 0-1-4 in ACC road games.
 
Scouting the Panthers
Pittsburgh heads into its final games of the 2013 campaign in search of its first victory ... The Panthers are 0-9-4 overall and 0-7-2 in the ACC with ties to Virginia Tech and Syracuse ... Pittsburgh has four goals for the year with four different players scoring one apiece ... Ryan Myers is the top scorer with a goal and two assists ... Three of the Panthers’ losses have come by a single goal ... Dan Lynd is in goal for Pitt and owns a 1.52 goals against average, a .784 save percentage and 69 saves.
 
Comeback Kids
Duke has played well from behind this season ... Most recently, the Blue Devils rallied from two goals down to score twice in 44 seconds to tie No. 15 Wake Forest 2-2 ... Duke also posted consecutive come-from-behind wins in midweek non-conference contests, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Davidson 3-2 in overtime and scoring a pair of goals in the final 20-plus minutes to earn the 2-1 win over Wright State ... Duke is 2-2-3 when opponents score first this season and 2-0-3 when trailing at the half.
 
Last Time Out
Duke scored twice in 44 seconds in the waning minutes of regulation to come away with a 2-2 draw against No. 15 Wake Forest last Friday ... Trailing 2-0 heading into the final four minutes, the Blue Devils got first goals from Will Donovan and Luis Rendon to force overtime ... It marked the second time this season Duke had rallied from two goals down in the second half to tie or win.
 
In Common
Duke and Pittsburgh do not share any common non-conference foes ... The Blue Devils and Panthers both sport a tie against Virginia Tech and a loss to Maryland.
 

Opponent

Duke

Pitt

Boston College

W, 1-0

L, 1-2

NC State

T, 1-1

L, 0-1

Wake Forest

T, 2-2

L, 0-2

Maryland

L, 1-3

L, 0-2

Virginia

T, 0-0

L, 0-5

Virginia Tech

T, 1-1

T, 0-0

Syracuse

L, 1-2

T, 0-0

North Carolina

T, 0-0

L, 0-1

 
Offensive Breakout
The 3-0 blanking of Elon Oct. 22 marked the first time the Blue Devils had registered three goals in regulation since a 3-0 win over Georgia State on Sept. 11, 2012 ... Overall, Duke has seven goals in its past four outings after managing just two in the four games prior.
 
Duke in the ACC Under Kerr
The Blue Devils are 18-19-10 in ACC regular season games since 2008 ... Duke captured four wins in both 2009 and 2011 and have three in the other three seasons ... The Blue Devils have fared the best against Virginia Tech (5-0-1) and Clemson (3-1-1) since 2008.
 
Duke In Extra Time
The Blue Devils have played six overtime games this season, tying North Carolina, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Wake Forest and NC State in 110 minutes of action and beating Davidson 3-2 in OT ... Duke has not lost an overtime game since Sept. 28, 2012 against North Carolina ... Overall, Duke has played 123 overtime games in its history and is 44-36-43 in those contests ... Duke is 12-9-23 in multiple overtime games according to the season ledgers ... The Blue Devils played a program-high seven overtime games in 2010.
 
Sean Davis Hitting Stride
Junior central midfielder Sean Davis added two goals to his total against Elon to bring him to five on the year ... He has three goals in the previous four games, two of which came from long range ... In his previous two seasons combined, the Holmdel, N.J., native amassed one goal and four assists for six points, which are seven fewer than his 13 so far this season.
 
Duke Dangerous On Set Pieces
With Sean Davis able to strike free kicks from long range and the aerial game of Sebastien Ibeagha, Brody Huitema and Nat Eggleston in the penalty area, Duke is dangerous on set pieces ... Davis has scored on three free kicks from outside the 18-yard box and added two more penalty kicks ... Ibeagha netted one goal on a corner kick and another off of a Davis free kick, while Huitema has headed in three corner kicks ... Will Donovan registered his first goal of the season, finishing a Mathers corner kick against Wake Forest ... Duke scores on just under 25 percent of its corner kicks this season.
 
Young Blue Devils Contributing
Thirty-two of Duke’s 63 points this season have come from freshmen and sophomores ... Freshman Brody Huitema has a team-high 15 points, while sophomore Zach Mathers has seven ... Rookie Seo-In Kim has four assists, Luis Rendon has three assists and a goal and Jimmy Doll rounds out the underclassmen group with one helper.
 
Next Up
The Blue Devils close out the regular season at Clemson Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. … Should the Blue Devils advance to the ACC Tournament, they will travel to the higher seed’s campus Tuesday, Nov. 10.
 
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