#17 Maryland (6-2-1, 2-0-0 ACC) at #4 Duke (7-2, 1-1 ACC)
Thursday, Sept. 20 • 7:00 PM • Blue Devil Network
Durham, N.C. • Koskinen Stadium
Blue Devils Return Home to Host Maryland on Thursday...
Coming off playing six out of its first nine contests on the road, the fourth-ranked Duke women’s soccer team (7-2-0, 1-1-0 ACC) will return home for a two-game homestand beginning on Thursday, Sept. 20 against 17th-ranked Maryland (6-2-1, 2-0-0) at 7:00 p.m. The contest will be aired live on the Blue Devil Network via www.GoDuke.com.
Following the Maryland match, the Blue Devils will have the weekend off before hosting Clemson on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:00 p.m.
The Series With Maryland...
Duke and Maryland will meet for the 31st time in school history on Thursday with the Blue Devils leading the series, 14-12-5. Over the last five matches, Duke has registered a 3-1-1 mark. Last season, the Blue Devils won 3-1 with Kelly Cobb, Kim DeCesare and Mollie Pathman collected goals in College Park, Md. The Terrapins posted a goal in the sixth minute but Duke came back to notch three second half goals to win. Overall at home, Duke has collected a 7-4-1 overall record against Maryland.
A Look at Maryland...
Maryland enters the contest with a 6-2-1 overall record and 2-0 in league action, following wins over North Carolina and Clemson last week. Becky Kaplan has led the way with seven goals and two assists for 16 points.
Blue Devils at Home...
In three contests so far this season at Koskinen Stadium, the Blue Devils have posted a 3-0 record and outscored their opponents, 17-3, including 9-1 in the first half. Duke enters Thursday’s match at home with a 17-0-1 record at Koskinen Stadium dating back to last season.
The 14 home wins in 2011 was an all-time high and marked only the third undefeated home record in school history (1992, 1994). In 2011, Duke outscored its opponents 38-6 at home.
The Blue Devils have an all-time record of 162-55-19 in home contests at Koskinen Stadium. In head coach Robbie Church’s 12 years with the Blue Devils, Duke has posted an 81-20-12 mark.
Pathman Makes Return...
Blue Devil junior Mollie Pathman made her return to the Duke lineup last Thursday at Florida State as she came off the bench to play 70 minutes and took three shots, including two on goal. She then started at Miami on Sunday and played 71 minutes, while taking one shot. Kelly Cobb missed the Florida State and Miami matches and is listed as probable for Maryland. She has been dealing with a knee injury. Both Pathman and Cobb helped lead the U.S. U-20 World Cup team to the championship with a 1-0 victory over Germany.
Duke will host Clemson on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:00 p.m., followed by two consecutive road contests at Virginia on Sept. 30 and Virginia Tech on Oct. 4.
• Duke has been ranked in the top 10 nationally for 18 straight weeks going back to last year. It is the longest streak in school history. The Blue Devils have been listed in the top six for a school-record 16 consecutive weeks.
• The Blue Devils have posted double-digit shots on goal in three matches this season -- Elon (17), San Diego (14) and Miami (11).
• Dating back to last season, all six of the Blue Devil losses have been by one goal.
• Duke has scored 32 goals this year, which is more than three Blue Devil teams - 2006 (29), 2001 (26) and 1998 (22).
• All four of Duke’s starting defenders have registered at least one assist on the year.
• Duke allowed a total of 13 goals a season ago, but has already let in 11 goals in 2012. Of the 11 goals, two have been own goals this season.
• The Blue Devils have outscored opponents, 18-4, in the first half this season.
• Eight different players have scored goals on the season.
• The Blue Devils have outshot their opponents, 84-29, in the first half this season.
• Laura Weinberg has scored goals in four out of the last five contests.
• Tara Campbell (270) moved into third place on Duke’s all-time saves in the Florida State match passing Allison Lipsher (265).
• All 11 starters and 90.9 percent of scoring return in 2012 for the Blue Devils.
• For the first time in her career, redshirt junior Callie Simpkins scored two goals against Washington State, after coming off the bench. She owns eight career goals.
• Freshman Cassie Pecht continues to shine early this season with four goals and four assists. She has started all nine contests.
In the Rankings...
Duke dropped to No. 5 in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire ledger, while being No. 4 in the SoccerTimes.com and Soccer America polls. The College360.com rankings have not been released yet. Maryland is listed No. 17 in the Soccer America poll.
Weinberg Moving Up the Career Charts...
With her 26 career goals, Laura Weinberg now ranks tied for seventh on Duke’s all-time scoring list, while her 62 points is 10th. She has eight goals in nine matches and four assists this year. Her career best in a season was 10 as a freshman.
Two Blue Devils Win the U-20 World Cup...
Junior Mollie Pathman and sophomore Kelly Cobb helped lead the U.S. U-20 squad to the World Cup title on Sept. 8 with a 1-0 victory over Germany.
The duo returned to the team on Sept. 10, after missing the entire non-conference portion of the schedule. Pathman and Cobb combined to score 17 goals and assisted on 20 others in 2011 for the Blue Devils.
Duke in the NCAA Stats...
In the NCAA stats, the Blue Devils currently have three in the top 48 of points per game -- Laura Weinberg (15th, 2.22), Kim DeCesare (17, 2.13) and Gilda Doria (48, 1.67). In goals per game, Weinberg (18, 0.889) and DeCesare (19, 0.875) are ranked. Doria is 46th with five assists. In total points, Weinberg is 10th (20) and DeCesare is 23rd (17).
As a team, Duke ranks second the nation with 32 goals and a 3.56 goals per game average. Ole Miss leads the nation with 33 goals and a 3.67 average.