No. 5 Duke Hosts No. 12 Wake Forest on Sunday in ACC Action...
In a match-up of two 2011 NCAA College Cup programs, the fifth-ranked Duke women's soccer team (11-3-1, 5-2-1 ACC) will host 12th-ranked Wake Forest (10-3-2, 4-2) on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1:00 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium. The match will be aired live on the Regional Sports Network (RSN-TV) with Mike Hogewood (PXP) and Jenn Hildreth (Color) calling the action.
Airing the WFU/Duke match will be FS South, FS Florida, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, NESN, FS Arizona, FS San Diego and FS Prime Ticket.
Sunday will mark Duke's annual "Pink" game as the Blue Devils will be wearing pink jerseys and will raise money towards the Blue Devils vs. Cancer student group.
Duke will close the ACC regular season with two straight home matches against Wake Forest and North Carolina. The Blue Devils are in a stretch where they will play five ranked opponents out of six contests. Duke close the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 21 against Francis Marion at 2:00 p.m.
Blue Devils Close Regular Season With State Championship...
Duke's final three matches of the ACC regular season will be against the North Carolina schools -- N.C. State, Wake Forest and North Carolina. It will be like playing for the state championship. Two of the three matches will be played at Koskinen Stadium.
The Blue Devils opened the three-game stretch with a 3-0 win at N.C. State. Duke has only won three games in a single season against the N.C. schools in 1994 and 2004.
Duke Hosts "Pink" Game on Sunday...
The Blue Devils will host their annual "Pink" game on Sunday against Wake Forest. Prior to and during the match, there will be a table set up inside the entrance of Koskinen Stadium where Duke will be auctioning off signed jerseys, soccer balls, posters, etc. All money raised will go towards the Blue Devils vs. Cancer student group at Duke.
In the ACC Standings...
Duke currently ranks third in the ACC with a 5-2-1 overall record, which is 16 points. Maryland owns a team-best 19 points with Florida State (18), second and Virginia fourth (13). Wake Forest is fifth with 12 points. The WFU/Duke match on Sunday is a pivotal match heading into the final stretch of the league regular season.
The Series With Wake Forest...
Duke and Wake Forest will meet for the 25th time in school history. The Blue Devils own an 8-1-1 overall record in games played in Durham, N.C., against the Demon Deacons. In the last meeting in Durham, Wake Forest registered a 2-1 win over the Blue Devils on Sept. 23, 2010. Laura Weinberg scored Duke's lone goal off an assist from Kaitlyn Kerr.
Last season, Duke and Wake Forest met three times with the Blue Devils winning two of the three contests. The Blue Devils won 2-0 at Wake Forest, WFU won 2-1 in the ACC Tournament semifinals and Duke won 4-1 in the College Cup semifinals.
Of the seven goals the Blue Devils scored against Wake Forest last season, Laura Weinberg, Mollie Pathman, Kim DeCesare each tallied two goals, while Kaitlyn Kerr added one.
In two career ACC regular season games against Wake Forest, Weinberg owns three goals (two in 2011, one in 2010).
A Look at Wake Forest...
Wake Forest enters Sunday's match with a 10-3-2 overall and 4-2 league mark. The Demon Deacons have had all week off following a 1-1 draw against Kansas on Sunday, Oct. 7. On the season, Kristen Meier (4 goals), Katie Stengel (4 goals) and Kim Marshall (3 goals) have led the way for Wake Forest. Stengel has scored four goals in seven matches since returning from the U-20 World Cup.
Weinberg On Fire...
Junior Laura Weinberg has scored goals in nine out of the last 11 contests and has been held scoreless in only four matches this year. She now owns 15 goals on the season, which is a new career high for the junior.
The 15 goals on the year ranks tied for third on Duke's single-season goals list. The most goals in a season was 18 in 1994 by Duke's all-time leading scorer Kelly Walbert. Her 35 points this season ranks tied for third on Duke's single-season charts as well.
Weinberg leads the ACC in points (35), goals (15), goals per game (1.0) and shots (69), while ranking fourth nationally in goals, fourth in points, third in goals per game and sixth in points per game (2.36). The national rankings were released prior to the NC State match.
- Duke has scored 10 goals over the last three matches.
- Cassie Pecht's nine assists on the season is the most by any freshman in the nation.
- In the 11 victories this season, Duke has averaged 3.91 goals a contest.
- Natasha Anasi and Libby Jandl have each logged a team-high 1,317 minutes on the season.
- Laura Weinberg owns a team-best 17 career goals against ACC opponents. The next closest is Mollie Pathman (9) and Kim DeCesare (8).
- Blue Devil goalkeeper Tara Campbell registered her second career assist on Thursday at N.C. State.
- Gilda Doria (8) and Cassie Pecht (9) have combined for 17 assists on the season for the Blue Devils.
- Laura Weinberg has registered the game-winning goal in three of Duke's five ACC wins.
- The Blue Devils are 10-0 this season when posting three or more goals.
- Duke has scored 22 first half goals this season, but the Blue Devils have been held scoreless in the opening frame in three out of the last six contests.
- Kim DeCesare, Kaitlyn Kerr and Katie Trees each lead Duke with two header goals on the season. As a team, the Blue Devils have eight on the year.
- In four overtime matches this year, Duke owns a 2-1-1 record, while Laura Weinberg has notched two golden goals against Miami and Virginia Tech.
- The Blue Devils were shutout for only the second time this season at Virginia. In both matches Duke has been shutout, the Blue Devils have outshot their opponent, 19-14.
- The Blue Devils currently own a 4-3-1 overall record this season against ranked opponents.
- The Blue Devils are averaging 20.1 shots a match and have taken 302 in 15 contests.
- Mollie Pathman has notched three assists in seven matches since returning from the U-20 World Cup.
- Duke has been ranked in the top 10 nationally for 21 straight weeks going back to last year. It is the longest streak in school history.
- The Blue Devils have posted double-digit shots on goal in five matches this season -- Elon (17), San Diego (14), Clemson (14), Miami (11) and N.C. State (10).
- Dating back to last season, all seven of the Blue Devil losses have been by one goal.
- Duke has scored 47 goals this year, which is more than 15 Blue Devil teams.
- All five of Duke's defenders who have started has registered at least one assist on the year.
- Duke allowed a total of 13 goals a season ago, but has already let in 18 goals in 2012. Of the 18 goals, two have been own goals this season.
- The Blue Devils have outscored opponents, 22-6, in the first half this season.
- Eight different players have scored goals on the season.
- The Blue Devils have outshot their opponents, 140-55, in the first half this season.
Weinberg Moving Up Career Charts...
Wake her 33 career goals, Laura Weinberg now ranks fifth on Duke's all-time scoring list, while her 77 points is seventh. Weinberg is also tied for seventh in game-winning goals (9) and second in multi-goal games (8). She has 15 goals in 15 matches and five assists this year. Her career best in a season was 10 goals as a freshman.
U-20 Teammates to Meet Again...
Duke's Kelly Cobb and Mollie Pathman will go up against Wake Forest's Katie Stengel on Sunday. All three led the U.S. U-20 squad to the World Cup gold medal in September.
Top Scoring Combinations...
The Blue Devil duo of Laura Weinberg and Kim DeCesare have combined to score 25 goals so far this season, which is only two away from matching the Duke single-season record for scoring combinations. The tandem is also the highest scoring duo in the nation.
Duke's Highest Scoring Duos
27 - KayAnne Gummersall (15) & Elisabeth Redmond (12) in 2008
26 - Kelly Walbert (18) & Andi Melde (8) in 1994
25 - Laura Weinberg (15) & Kim DeCesare (10) in 2012
25 - Casey McCluskey (16) & Carolyn Riggs (9) in 2004
22 - Kelly Cobb (11) & Kaitlyn Kerr (11) in 2011
22 - Sherrill Kester (14) & Kasey Truman (8) in 1999
In the Rankings...
Duke moved up to No. 6 in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire ledger, while also moving to No. 5 in the Soccer America poll. Wake Forest is 12th in the Soccer America poll and 15th in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll.
Duke in the NCAA Stats...
In the NCAA stats, the Blue Devils currently feature two in the top 20 of points per game -- Laura Weinberg (6th, 2.36) and Kim DeCesare (20th, 1.85). In goals per game, Weinberg (3rd, 1.0) and DeCesare (19th, 0.769) are ranked. Cassie Pecht is sixth (0.64) and Gilda Doria is 16th in assists (0.57). In total points, Weinberg is fourth (33) and DeCesare is 22nd (24). Weinberg also ranks fourth with 14 goals, while DeCesare is 19th with 10.
As a team, Duke ranks third in the nation with a 3.14 goals per game average. (All stats are prior to the NC State match)
High Scoring Offense...
With its 3.13 goals per game average and 47 goals through 15 games, the Blue Devils are scoring like no other Blue Devil team coached by Robbie Church. The highest goals per game average for a season is 3.05 in 1989 with 67 goals in 22 matches.
The previous high for a Church coached Blue Devil squad with 65 goals in 2004 for an average of 2.83 per game.
In the ACC Stats...
The Blue Devils boast four players in the top nine in points -- Laura Weinberg (1st, 35), Kim DeCesare (T3rd, 26), Cassie Pecht (8th, 19) and Gilda Doria (9th, 18). In goals, Weinberg (1st, 15) and DeCesare (T3rd, 10) are listed, while Pecht leads the league in assists (9) and Doria is tied second (8).
In conference games only, Weinberg is first in points (17), first in points per game (2.12), first in goals (8) and first in goals per game (1.0). Weinberg is averaging 5.12 shots per match to lead the league. Pecht is first with five assists and Doria is tied second with four assists, while Weinberg is tied for the lead in game-winning goals with three.
As a team, Duke leads the league in points (145), goals (47), goals per game (3.13), first in assists (51) and first in assists per game (3.40).
Pecht Making Impact...
Coming in as a freshman, Cassie Pecht has made an immediate impact as she has totaled five goals and nine assists, while starting all 15 matches. She has notched a goal or assist in 11 of the 15 contests this year. Pecht, who is out of Mechanicsburg, Pa., has played both the forward and midfield positions so far this season.
Her nine assists on the season already ranks tied for the second-highest single-season total by a Duke freshman. The school record is 11 by Andi Melde. She also ranks tied for eighth on the Blue Devil overall season chart. Pecht's 19 points on the year also ranks tied for ninth on Duke's single-season freshman list.