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Duke Hosts Wake Forest on Senior Night
Saturday 10/24/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game 16
Duke (6-4-5, 1-3-4 ACC) vs. No. 15 Wake Forest (8-3-4, 5-0-3 ACC)
Oct. 25, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
 
 
Setting the Scene
• Duke will finish its regular season home schedule Friday night against No. 15 Wake Forest
• The game will be broadcast by NSCAATV with Dean Linke and Keith Tabatznik on the call
• The Blue Devils are riding a five-game unbeaten streak and are 6-4-5 overall and 1-3-4 in the ACC
• Wake Forest is 8-3-4 overall and 5-0-3 in ACC play to sit in first place with Notre Dame
 
The Series History
• Duke and Wake Forest are playing for the 43rd time overall with the Blue Devils leading the series 23-14-5
• The Blue Devils are 5-3-2 in the past 10 matches with the Demon Deacons with four of those going into overtime
 
Tale of the Tape
 

Duke

WFU

Overall Record

6-4-5

8-3-4

Goals-Shot attempts

19-208

28-240

Goals scored per game

1.27

1.87

Shots on goal-Attempts

82-208

108-240

SOG Pct.

0.394

0.45

Shots/Game

13.87

16

GAA

0.99

0.88

Corner Kicks

93

94

Penalty Kicks

2-3

1-2

Yellow cards

25

18

Red cards

0

1

 
Duke by the Numbers
1 – Goal allowed by Duke in the past 510 minutes of action
2 – Goals by Sean Davis, a career-high, in the 3-0 win over Elon Tuesday night
4 – Of the previous 10 meetings between Duke and Wake Forest that have gone into overtime
6 – Shutouts for redshirt senior goalkeeper Alex Long, a career-high and second most in the ACC
8 – Goals scored by Wake Forest in the past two games, a 4-3 win over Maryland and a 4-0 blanking of Davidson
9 – Goals allowed by Wake Forest in its eight ACC contests
10 – Goals given up in Duke’s eight ACC matches
14 – Points by freshman Brody Huitema from six goals and two assists
257:38 – Minutes since Duke has allowed a goal - dating back to the 13th minute of the Oct. 11 game against NC State
400 – Combined career victories between Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich (260) and Duke head coach John Kerr (140)
 
Celebrating the Seniors
Duke will celebrate the group of 11 seniors prior to Friday night’s game ... Nine of the 11 have been here for four years, while the duo of Alex Long and Tomas Coulter joined the Blue Devils this season as redshirt seniors ... The group of Jonathan Aguirre, Michael Assaraf, Rob Dolot, Will Donovan, Sebastien Ibeagha, Tyler McDaniel, Alex Merrill, Nick Prys, Alex Sauciuc, Coulter and Long have helped Duke to a 45-26-14 record over the past four seasons and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
 
About the Blue Devils
Duke closes out its regular season home schedule with No. 15 Wake Forest Friday night ... The Blue Devils are riding a five-game unbeaten streak and most recently blanked Elon 3-0 ... Duke owns a shutout streak of 257:38 and has allowed just one goal in the past 510 minutes ... Led by Brody Huitema on offense with six goals and two assists for 14 points, Duke sits in a tie for ninth place in the ACC with seven points ... Junior Sean Davis has three goals in the past three games, including a pair against Elon, to push his season total to five ... Nick Palodichuk owns eight points with three goals and two assists to round out the top scorers ... Defensively, Duke has been outstanding recently ... Senior goalkeeper Alex Long joins the stalwart backline of Sebastien Ibeagha, Zach Mathers, Will Donovan and Rob Dolot to post six shutouts and four in the past five outings.
 
Scouting The Demon Deacons
Wake Forest looks to remain unbeaten in ACC play Friday night when it visits Koskinen Stadium ... The Demon Deacons are 5-0-3 in conference action and 8-3-4 overall ... They are coming off of a convincing 4-0 win over Davidson and have eight goals in their past two games ... The trio of  Sean Okoli, Luca Gimenez and Andy Lubahn lead the offense with 14 points apiece ... Okoli is the top goal scorer with six tallies ... Overall, Wake Forest is averaging 1.87 goals per game ... The Deacons have 18 goals in their eight ACC contests for a 2.08 goals per game average ... On the other end of the field, Wake Forest is stingy in allowing just 0.88 goals per game ... Andrew Harris and Alec Ferrell have split time in goal ... Ferrell has played 870 minutes and sports a 0.93 goals against average and a .800 save percentage, while Harris has a 0.80 goals against average and a .792 save percentage ... Wake Forest is allowing just 10.9 shots per game  with only 4.8 of those coming on goal.
 
Last Time We Met
Duke senior goalkeeper James Belshaw made eight saves as the Blue Devils battled No. 16 Wake Forest to a 0-0 tie ... The Demon Deacons had 17 shots to Duke’s seven and amassed 12 corner kicks in the scoreless draw.
 
Last Time Out
Duke scored twice in the opening 2:10 of the second half to earn a convincing 3-0 win over Elon Tuesday night ... Junior Sean Davis registered a career-high two goals, while Nick Palodichuk registered a pair of assists ... Rookie Brody Huitema netted his sixth goal of the year and Duke posted its sixth shutout of the season.
 
In Common
Duke and Wake Forest share two non-conference opponents and have played five of the same ACC teams so far this season ... Duke is 3-0-4 against those seven teams, while the Deacons are 4-1-2 in the seven outings.

Opponent

Duke

Wake Forest

Boston College

W, 1-0

W, 2-0

Davidson

W, 3-2 (OT)

W, 4-0

Elon

W, 3-0

L, 0-1

North Carolina

T, 0-0 (2OT)

T, 1-1 (2OT)

NC State

T, 1-1 (2OT)

T, 2-2 (2OT)

Virginia

T, 0-0 (2OT)

W, 3-2

Virginia Tech

T, 1-1 (2OT)

W, 3-0

 
Offensive Breakout
The 3-0 blanking of Elon Tuesday night marked the first time the Blue Devils have registered three goals in regulation since a 3-0 win over Georgia State on Sept. 11, 2012 ... The 3-0 loss was the worst for the Phoenix of the year, which came into the game allowing just 10 in the previous 14 games.
 
Duke in the ACC Under Kerr
The Blue Devils are 18-19-9 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 Vs. In-State Schools
Duke has faced 13 different Division I schools in the state of North Carolina in program history ... The Blue Devils sport a 235-145-31 record in those games and are perfect against Appalachian State and UNC Asheville ... Duke’s 37 wins against Davidson are the most versus a North Carolina opponent ... 113 of the losses have come against ACC foes NC State, North Carolina and Wake Forest.
 
Long Playing Well
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Alex Long has been impressive lately with a combined 25 saves, including 10 against Virginia, during the five-game unbeaten streak ... Long’s 10 saves against the Cavaliers were a career-high and were the most by a Blue Devil goalkeeper since James Belshaw had 15 against Louisville Sept. 3, 2010 ... Duke played 70 games in between that game and this season’s Virginia contest.
 
Duke In Extra Time
The Blue Devils have played five overtime games this season, tying North Carolina, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Virginia 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, a span of 389 days ... Overall, Duke has played 122 overtime games in its history and is 44-36-42 in those contests ... Duke is 12-9-22 in multiple overtime games according to the season ledgers ... The Blue Devils played a program-high seven overtime games in 2010 ... Against Wake Forest, Duke is 2-1-5 in overtime games.
 
Mathers A Man Of Many Positions
Sophomore Zach Mathers has played all over the field for the Blue Devils during his short career ... To start the 2013 season, Mathers made the move from the back to an attacking midfield role before returning to the backline again  versus Wright State and has helped Duke post four shutouts in the past five games ... In his seven games in an attacking role, the sophomore netted two goals and two assists ...  An All-ACC Freshman Team selection as a center back in 2012, Mathers has started all 14 games this season ... His six points are just two points shy of matching his points total from a year ago.
 
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 three 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 ... Duke scores on just under 25 percent of its corner kicks this season.
 
McDaniel & Donovan Shining As Seniors
Duke seniors Tyler McDaniel and Will Donovan are having outstanding senior seasons ... The third of three brothers to play Duke soccer, McDaniel has started the past eight games and 10 overall this season at both defense and midfield ... He played a career-high 95 minutes against Virginia Tech and most recently registered his first career assist in the win over Boston College ... Donovan has been an anchor at right back in each of the five games during the Blue Devils’ unbeaten streak. 
 
Next Up
The Blue Devils hit the road for their final two contests ... Duke travels to take on Pittsburgh Nov. 2 and then to Clemson Nov. 8 ... Both games are set to kick off at 7 p.m.
 
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