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Recapping the 2011 Duke Soccer Season
Thursday 12/22/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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Recapping the Year

Duke finished 2011 with an 11-8-3 overall record ... The Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round for the second straight  year before losing to top-ranked New Mexico in overtime ... In the ACC, Duke posted a 4-3-1 overall record to finish third in the regular season standings and advanced to the semifinal round.

2011 Season Highlights

  • Duke earned its 25th overall berth and eighth consecutive in the NCAA Tournament
  • Duke registered 10-plus wins for the eighth straight season
  • Duke head coach John Kerr won his 125th career game with a 1-0 blanking of Georgia State in the NCAA Tournament first round
  • Junior Andrew Wenger tied the Duke single-season goals record with 17
  • Wenger's 42 points for the year rank fifth all-time in Duke single-season history
  • Duke played in seven overtime games for the second straight season to tie the school single-season record
  • Junior goalkeeper James Belshaw compiled six shutouts to push his career total to 13
  • Duke defeated Clemson in a shootout in the ACC Tournament quarterfinal, the Blue Devils' first shootout under head coach John Kerr
  • Wenger was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year to become the first ACC player to win three major awards during his career
  • Freshman Nick Palodichuk was the lone rookie in the ACC to make one of the All-ACC teams, earning second team recognition
  • Wenger became the first Duke player since Jay Heaps to earn All-ACC first team honors in his first three seasons
  • Duke landed three players on the Capital One Academic All-America teams for the first time in program history, including two first team picks

Blue Devils Stat Leaders

Junior forward Andrew Wenger led the team in scoring, tying the Duke single season record with 17 goals ... He totaled 42 points to sit in fifth on the single season points list ... Senior Christopher Tweed-Kent had his best season as a Blue Devil with six goals and a team-high 12 assists for 24 points ... Freshman Nick Palodichuk led all rookies in the ACC with 22 points from eight goals and six assists ... James Belshaw posted six shutouts for the year and finished with a career-best 78 saves.

Duke Trio Honored for Academic Excellence

The trio of Christopher and Daniel Tweed-Kent and Andrew Wenger recently were honored for their work in the classroom and on the soccer field ... They each were named to the Capital One Academic All-America teams ... Wenger and Christopher both earned first team honors, while Daniel was voted to the second team ... This marks the first time in program history Duke has placed more than a single player on the Academic All-America squad in a single season ... Wenger and Christopher are the second and third Blue Devils to earn first team honors in Duke soccer history.

Five Blue Devils Earn All-Conference Honors

Duke placed four players on the All-ACC teams and two to the All-ACC Freshmen squad ... Juniors James Belshaw and Andrew Wenger were selected to the first team, while sophomore Sebastien Ibeagha and freshman Nick Palodichuk earned second team honors ... Palodichuk was the lone freshman voted to one of the two All-ACC squads ... Andrew Morales and Palodichuk picked up All-ACC Freshmen recognition.

Wenger Makes ACC History

Andrew Wenger became the first player in ACC history to win the three major awards since the conference created Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors ... He was ACC Freshman of the Year in 2009, ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and is this season's ACC Offensive Player of the Year ... He is the sixth player to win the top freshman of the year award and then a conference player of the year honor later in his collegiate career ... The Lititz, Pa., native is just the third Blue Devil to earn first team honors his first three seasons.

Duke in the Statistical Rankings

At the conclusion of the 2011 season, Duke ranked among the top 10 nationally in two team statistical categories ... The Blue Devils' 44 goals were the ninth and the scoring offense (2.0/gm) was 10th ... Individually, Andrew Wenger ranked fourth in points and sixth in goals ... Christopher Tweed-Kent had the third most assists in Division I in 2011.

Team Category

ACC

NCAA

Scoring Offense (2.0)

3

10

Total Goals (44)

3

9

Team GAA (1.30)

6

112

Shutout Percentage (0.27)

6

99

Win Percentage (0.568)

5

74

Individual

ACC

NCAA

Andrew Wenger

   

Total Points (42)

1

4

Points Per Game (1.91)

1

7

Goals Per Game (0.77)

2

9

Total Goals (17)

1

6

Total Assists (8)

4

21

Nick Palodichuk

   

Total Points (22)

10

50

Points Per Game (1.0)

10

89

Total Goals (8)

9

72

Goals Per Game (0.36)

11

122

Total Assists (6)

8

80

Assists Per Game (0.3)

10

114

Christopher Tweed-Kent

   

Total Points (24)

7

44

Points Per Game (1.09)

8

76

Total Assists (12)

1

3

Assists Per Game (0.55)

1

8

James Belshaw

   

Goals Against Average (1.31)

7

129

Save Percentage (0.729)

7

145

Total Saves (78)

7

44

Saves Per Game (3.71)

4

104

Defense Finished Strong

After posting just one shutout in the first 10 games of the season, the Duke backline started to hit its stride with five clean sheets in the final 12 games of the year.

Home Sweet Home

Duke posted an 8-3-2 overall record at home in 2011 to improve to 35-9-5 at home under head coach John Kerr ... In 2009 and 2010, the Blue Devils lost just one home contest each year.

Tough Schedule

Duke had a tough schedule in 2011 ... The Blue Devils played eight teams that earned a berth in the 48-team field, including four of the top 16 seeds ... Duke faced three consecutive ranked opponents in the first two weeks of the year and  played six teams that finished the year ranked among the top 25.

Opponent

Rank at day of game

Final Rank

UC Santa Barbara

9

12

SMU

17

19

North Carolina

5

1

Maryland

3

9

Boston College

18

15

New Mexico

1

8

Duke's Seven Game Streak Best for Kerr

Prior to Duke's 4-2 loss at No. 3 Maryland, the Blue Devils' seven-game unbeaten streak was the longest under head coach John Kerr and the best since Duke started the 2006 season at 6-0-1.

Narrow Losses

Six of Duke's eight losses this season were by one goal, including four decided in overtime ... The Blue Devils either outshot or tied their opponents in seven of the eight losses ... Duke outshot all but five of its opponents in 2011.

Duke Scoring in the ACC

Duke's 20 goals in 2011 ACC regular season play were the most in program history since the inception of the league in 1953.

Duke's Top Scoring Totals in the ACC

20

2011

19

2000

18

1982

First Half Goal Key to Success in 2011

Duke scored the first goal of a game 15 times this season and is 8-5-2 in those contests ... The Blue Devils were 8-1-1 when leading at the half, 0-2 when trailing and 3-5-1 when tied.

Duke High Powered Offense

After being held scoreless in consecutive games on Sept. 4 and Sept. 9, Duke scored two-plus goals in 13 games ... In a four-game stretch from Sept. 16 to Sept. 27 Duke rolled off 17 goals, marking the first time since 1986 Duke registered four-plus goals in four consecutive games ... Duke's 41 goals in the regular season were the most since the 2004 team posted 44 ... The Blue Devils' 44 goals overall are the most since 2006 when they had 50 tallies.

Games with 2-plus Goals

Date

Opponent

Result

Aug. 26

at UNC Greensboro

L, 2-3

Sept. 9

UCSB

L, 2-3

Sept. 16

at Clemson

W, 5-2

Sept. 20

UNC Wilmington

W, 4-1

Sept. 23

Wake Forest

W, 4-1

Sept. 27

Presbyterian

W, 4-1

Sept. 30

at North Carolina

T, 2-2

Oct. 7

NC State

W, 4-2

Oct. 14

at Maryland

L, 2-4

Oct. 25

UNC Asheville

W, 3-0

Oct. 28

Virginia Tech

W, 2-1

Nov.  1

Elon

T, 2-2

Nov. 4

Mercer

W, 2-0

First Off the Bench

Duke received strong play off the bench ... Senior Joseph Pak was the first guy off the bench a team-high eight times this season before he earned a starting role in the final seven games of the season.

Team

Clock*

Players

UNC Greensboro

36:42:00

D. Tweed-Kent, Eggleston

Furman

28:50:00

Pak

UCSB

24:50:00

Pak, McLeod

SMU

16:31

Pak

Virginia

19:48

Dolot

Clemson

29:50:00

McLeod, Brown

UNCW

24:38:00

Brown

Wake Forest

22:14

Wolfe

Presbyterian

31:42:00

Brown

North Carolina

34:00:00

Pak

Davidson

30:20:00

Pak

NC State

24:23:00

Pak

Maryland

33:58:00

Dolot

Boston College

35:40:00

Pak

UNC Asheville

18:21

Pak

Virginia Tech

27:54:00

Slotnick

Elon

20:18

Slotnick

Mercer

19:46

Slotnick

Clemson

13:57

Slotnick

Boston College

33:45:00

McLeod,Donovan,Brown

Georgia State

36:33:00

Brown

New Mexico

36:45:00

Slotnick

*denotes time elapsed in first half

Wenger In the Charts

Junior forward Andrew Wenger left his mark in the Duke records book in 2011 ... His 17 goals tie the Duke single-season mark, while the 42 points are fifth in single-season points.

Goals

   

1

Pato Gutierrez (1971)

17

 

Ali Curtis (1999)

17

 

Ryan Finley (2010)

17

 

Andrew Wenger (2011)

17

     

Points

   

1

Tom Kain (1982)

46

2

Jason Kreis (1994)

44

 

John Kerr (1986)

44

4

Brian Kelly (1995)

43

5

Andrew Wenger (2011)

42

CTK is Duke's Assists Leader

Senior midfielder Christopher Tweed-Kent led the Blue Devils in assists for the second consecutive season ... He finished with a career-best and league-high 12 assists in 2011, just two shy out of climbing into the single-season top 10 list.

Belshaw Just Missed Top 10 Ranking

Junior goalkeeper James Belshaw had six shutouts this season to push his career total to 13 ... His six shutouts were just one shy of tying nine other goalkeepers for the No. 10 spot on the Duke single-season list ... The most recent Duke goalie to have at least seven shutouts in a season was Brendan Fitzgerald in 2008 ... The overall single season record is held by Pat Johnston with 13 in 1983 and 1985.

Fab Freshman Scorer

Freshman Nick Palodichuk led all ACC freshmen in points and was second in goals ... One of the top rookies in the country, Palodichuk finished the year ranked third among all Division I freshmen with 22 points and seventh in goals with eight.

Freshmen Point Leaders

Name

School

G-A-P

Eriq Zavaleta

Indiana

10-5-25

Jordan Ayris

Fairfield

10-3-23

Guiseppe Gentile

Charlotte

10-2-22

Nick Palodichuk

Duke

8-6-22

Freshmen Goal Leaders

Name

School

Goals

Jordan Ayris

Fairfield

10

Guiseppe Gentile

Charlotte

10

Eriq Zavaleta

Indiana

10

C Nortey

Marquette

9

Nazmi Albadawi

NC State

9

Zach Crandall

Longwood

9

Diego Medina-Mendez

Boston College

8

Nick Palodichuk

Duke

8

Noah Sadoui

Saint Peter's

8

Duke Rookies Among ACC Best

Six different Duke freshmen scored a goal this season and overall they combined for 15 goals and 14 assists for 44 points ... The 44 points from true freshmen were the most in the league with Clemson, which had 14 freshmen on its roster ... Duke's 14 assists from first-year players were the most in the league.

Freshmen in the ACC

School

G-A-P

Duke

15-14-44

Clemson

16-10-42

NC State

7-9-23

Virginia

7-9-23

Wake Forest

6-9-21

Boston College

8-2-18

North Carolina

3-6-12

Virginia Tech

2-3-7

Maryland

1-2-4

Young Blue Devils Made Impact

Duke relied heavily on its younger players in 2011 ... The Blue Devils regularly started up to four freshmen and three sophomores ... Nick Palodichuk, Andrew Morales and Riley Wolfe all started their first collegiate games, while Nat Eggleston earned the starting nod in his second outing ... Rookie Sean Davis cracked the starting lineup on Oct. 14 at Maryland and Matt Slotnick started twice and was the first off the bench in five games  ... Palodichuk finished third on the team in points with eight goals and six assists for 22 points ... Eggleston has played all but 20 minutes in every game he has started and had two goals and an assist ... Wolfe came back from an injury and tallied a goal and two assists before suffering a season-ending injury.


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