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Duke Hosts Clemson in ACC Home Opener
Tuesday 09/14/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game 6
Duke (2-3-0, 0-1-0 ACC) vs. Clemson (1-3-2, 0-1-0 ACC)
September 14, 2012 l 7 p.m.
Durham, N.C. l Koskinen Stadium
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Setting the Scene

  • Duke welcomes Clemson for the ACC home opener for the Blue Devils Friday night
  • The Blue Devils are 2-3-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the ACC, while Clemson is 1-3-2 overall and 0-0-1 in conference play
  • The Blue Devils are coming off of a 3-0 win over Georgia State Tuesday night

The Series History

  • Duke leads Clemson 24-21-5 overall and is 2-2-1 under head coach John Kerr
  • The Blue Devils defeated the Tigers 4-1 in the 2011 regular season and advanced past them in penalty kicks in the ACC quarterfinals after a 0-0 draw  

Tale of the Tape




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Duke by the Numbers
8 - Times Duke and Clemson have played to overtime with the Blue Devils going 1-3-4 in those contests.

7 - Points by junior center back Sebastien Ibeagha this season to lead all Duke scorers.

5 - Where Sebastien Ibeagha ranks among point scorers in the ACC with his seven points

450 - Minutes played by rookie Zach Mathers, the lone Duke player to have played every minute this season

2 - Assists by freshman Zach Mathers as he recorded his first collegiate points in 3-0 win over Georgia State
9 - Underclassmen who have played at least 200 minutes this season

22 - Corner kicks Duke has earned in 2012

65 - Career games started by senior goalkeeper James Belshaw

16 - Shots taken by sophomore Nick Palodichuk to lead all ACC players

18 - Shutouts James Belshaw has been a part of as the goalie for the Blue Devils since 2009

Last Time Out
Duke turned in an outstanding second half performance to earn a 3-0 victory over Georgia State Tuesday night ... Junior Sebastien Ibeagha registered a pair of goals, while Nick Palodichuk netted the first goal ... Zach Mathers contributed a pair of assists ... Senior James Belshaw recorded his first shutout of the season with one save.

Scouting Clemson
Clemson comes into its first ACC road game with  after a 2-0 loss to UAB Monday afternoon ... The Tigers are 1-3-2 overall and 0-0-1 in ACC play after a 1-1 draw against Wake Forest ... Clemson owns three goals for the year, getting a single goal from both Manolo Sanchez and TJ Casner ... The Tigers' win came against USC Upstate, a 1-0 victory off a goal from Casner ... In goal, Cody Mizell has allowed eight goals for a 1.24 goals against average and a .758 save percentage ... Mizell has played all 580 minutes and has 25 saves.

Last Times They Met
Duke and Clemson met twice in 2011 with the Blue Devils emerging victorious in both ... The regular season contest was filled with goals as Duke won 5-2 ... Andrew Wenger had three goals and an assist, while Nick Palodichuk had a goal and two assists ... In the ACC quarterfinal the two squads battled to a double-overtime 0-0 draw forcing a penalty kick shootout ... James Belshaw stopped the final kick by the Tigers to help Duke advance to the ACC semifinal.

Sebastien Ibeagha Leads All Duke Scorers
Junior center back Sebastien Ibeagha leads all scorers with seven points ... He is one of eight players to post at least two goals in a game this season when he netted two scores versus Georgia State.

First Off the Bench
Duke generally will play just 14-15 players in a game ... A host of players have gotten the first call to check in this season with Luis Rendon and Will Donovan both being the first up off the bench twice this season. 




Notre Dame


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Georgia State



*denotes time elapsed in first half
^ substitution for injury

Mathers a Marathon Man
Freshman Zach Mathers has played all 450 minutes this season for the Blue Devils, the lone player to do so ... Mathers has split his time between center back with junior Sebastien Ibeagha and center midfield with Sean Davis ... A talented player, Mathers comes to Duke from Keller, Texas where he played for Solar Chelsea Academy.

Young Blue Devils Get First Collegiate Points
Duke freshmen Luis Rendon and Ryan Thompson both tallied their first collegiate points in the win over Delaware in the John Rennie Nike Invitational ... Rendon netted his first goal with the game winner and had an assist on Duke's first goal against the Blue Hens ... Thompson provided the cross for Duke's opening goal in the victory ... Rookie Zach Mathers notched his first points with two assists versus Georgia State.

Duke Fielding Young Squad
Nine Duke underclassmen have started at least one for the Blue Devils in the first five games ... Three freshmen have started at least one game, including rookie Zach Mathers starting all five contests ... Overall, nine Duke underclassmen have played at least 200 minutes this season.

Close Calls
Four of Duke's five contests have been decided by a single goal ... The Blue Devils have suffered three one-goal losses and edged Delaware 2-1 in a victory in the John Rennie Nike Invitational before breaking out with three goals against Georgia State.

Blue Devil Army
The Duke men's soccer program is starting a new tradition this season with the addition of the Blue Devil Army ... A men's soccer fan club, members can sign up at www.BlueDevilArmy.com ... Membership is free and those who sign up will get a Blue Devil Army scarf, t-shirt and access to pregame tailgates prior to all home ACC contests ... Attendance at the game is required to receive a scarf and t-shirt.

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
The Blue Devils close out their three-game homestand September 18 versus UNC Greensboro at 7 p.m. ... Duke travels to Wake Forest for its next contest September 21.

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