GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Coming off an impressive victory over California on Friday evening in the NCAA Tournament first round, the Duke women’s soccer team will next take on fifth-ranked Florida on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., in the second round. The match will be played at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Duke in the NCAA Tournament By earning an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Devils have reached the big show for the eighth straight season and the 17th time in school history. Duke has won at least one contest in the tournament in eight out of the last nine years. The Blue Devils hold an overall record of 20-16 in tournament play. The Blue Devils are coming off registering back-to-back NCAA Elite Eight appearances for the first time in school history in 2007 and 2008. The Series Duke and Florida will meet for the 10th time in school history with the Florida holding a 5-3-1 lead in the series. In matches played in Gainesville, Fla., the Blue Devils are 0-3. Earlier this season, the two squads played in the Duke Nike Classic in Durham, N.C., on Sept. 17. Florida netted a goal in the 52nd minute but with less than two minutes remaining in the match, the Blue Devils evened the score on a goal by Laura Weinberg. Neither team was able to put through in overtime as the matched ended, 1-1. In the Rankings Florida is ranked fifth in the Soccer America, SoccerTimes.com and NSCAA/HendrickCars.com polls, while Duke is not ranked.
A Look at Florida Florida enters the second round match with a 19-2-2 overall record and is coming off a first round victory over Mercer, 3-0. The Gators are ranked fifth nationally and have won six straight matches, including the Southeastern Conference Championship.
Weinberg Matches Record With her 10th goal of the season on Friday against California, freshman Laura Weinberg matched Duke’s single-season record for goals in a season by a freshman. She tied Sarah Friend, who registered 10 tallies in 1989. Pathman Misses California Match Freshman standout Mollie Pathman missed the California contest on Friday night with an illness. It marked the first match all season the Second Team All-ACC selection has missed on the year, after notching eight goals on the year. She will be reevaluated over the weekend to see what her status is on Sunday against Florida.
Noting Duke Duke’s two goals in a span of 32 seconds is the fastest goals the Blue Devils have notched this season … the Blue Devils allowed only the seventh first half goal of the season on Friday against California … Duke was shutout in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament against Maryland marking only the third time this season the Blue Devils were shutout ... the Blue Devils have scored 17 goals over the last eight matches, after scoring only six goals in the previous eight matches ... sophomore goalkeeper Tara Campbell saved a career-high 12 shots against sixth-ranked Boston College on Oct. 21 in a 3-0 victory.
A Look at Duke The Blue Devils own an 11-7-1 overall record and totaled a 4-5-1 mark in the very challenging Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). On the season, the Blue Devils have been led on the scoring end by freshman Laura Weinberg with 10 goals, while freshman Mollie Pathman has eight, senior Molly Lester has four, freshman Kaitlyn Kerr has four and redshirt freshman Callie Simpkins has four.
Duke’s defense has been solid allowing only 22 goals in 21 matches, including nine shutouts. The Blue Devil offense has come on strong to conclude the season scoring 13 goals in the last six matches. Lack of Scoring in the Big Dance The Blue Devils feature a very inexperienced roster as far as NCAA Tournament scoring. Entering the NCAA Tournament, Duke had only one player who had scored a goal in NCAA action – Rebecca Allen (vs. Radford in 2008) -- and one player who had assisted on a goal in NCAA play – Marybeth Kreger (vs. William & Mary in 2008).
All-ACC Honors Duke freshmen Laura Weinberg and Mollie Pathman have been named second team All-ACC, while both rookies were selected to the All-ACC Freshman team. Rookie Kaitlyn Kerr was also named to the All-ACC Freshman team. Weinberg owns 10 goals, two assists and 22 points starting at forward. Pathman has 21 points, while posting eight goals and five assists. Kerr saw limited action at the first of the year due to a knee injury but has come on strong with four goals and five assists. Pathman Scores Again Blue Devil rookie Mollie Pathman notched two goals against North Carolina to close the regular season with eight tallies. Her multi-goal performance marked the third of her short career and the second in ACC play. Pathman entered NCAA Tournament play scoring five goals over her last seven matches. She owns eight total goals and 21 points on the year. In the Net Duke has totaled nine shutouts on the season, while sophomore goalkeeper Tara Campbell has registered a career-best seven shutouts. Campbell now owns 13 career shutouts in two years. Weinberg Nets Multi-Goal Game For the first time in her short career, freshman Laura Weinberg scored two goals against sixth-ranked Boston College on Oct. 21. She also added an assist on the third goal to give her five points in only 54 minutes. Weinberg now owns nine goals and is one away from matching the Duke single-season record for goals by a freshman. Sarah Friend currently holds the record with 10 in 1989. Bradley Gets on the Field for Senior Night After not playing all season due to an injury, senior Kendall Bradley started the North Carolina match on senior night and played six seconds before UNC kicked the ball out of bounds and she was subbed out. It was a very nice sportsmanship by the Tar Heels and Bradley was able to suit up for one game. Duke’s Young Goal Scoring Power The Blue Devils’ last 21 of 24 goals have been scored by either freshmen or sophomores while the other four tallies were an own-goal against Florida State and Virginia Tech, senior Molly Lester and junior Chelsea Canepa. On the season, Duke has scored a total of 42 goals with 30 of those coming by freshmen. Freshmen Laura Weinberg leads Duke with 10 goals and Mollie Pathman ranks second with eight. Redshirt freshman Callie Simpkins, freshman Kaitlyn Kerr and senior Molly Lester have netted four each.
Duke has outscored its opponents, 19-7, in the first half of play this season and continues to outshoot its opponents, 376-218. Duke is now outscoring its opponents, 42-22, on the year.
Youthful Lineup At times this season, the Blue Devils have started 10 freshmen and sophomores along with one senior. Duke boasts a total of 17 freshmen and sophomores on the roster. In the 2010 freshman class, five players were ranked in the top 85 of the TopDrawerSoccer.com Girls 2010 listing. Duke was one of only five teams to land five of the top 100 prospects in the nation.
Sister Duo Duke features the only sister duo in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2010. Ashley and Avery Rape will begin the first of three years of playing together this season. The duo is from Dallas, Texas and attended Greenhill School. Ashley is a defender, while Avery is a forward/midfielder. Blue Devils Return from Injury Four Blue Devils who missed the 2009 campaign with injuries played their first regular season collegiate contest in almost two years in the season opener at Georgia. Ashley Rape, Kim DeCesare, Molly Lester and Callie Simpkins all missed last season due to knee injuries.
The Injury Bug Junior Molly Mack will miss the 2010 season after suffering a torn ACL in preseason practice. She also missed her freshman year with a torn ACL as well. Mack underwent surgery on Aug. 19. Senior Kendall Bradley will miss the 2010 campaign due to concussions. Freshman Katie Walter has not practiced since the opening day of practice due to concussions as well. Junior Cody Newman will also miss the 2010 season. Sophomore Maddy Haller missed both the Francis Marion and High Point contests this season due to a broken finger. Sophomore Nicole Lipp missed three ACC contests with a groin injury.
The Head Coach Head Coach Robbie Church is in his 10th season on the Duke sideline. He has notched a 296-190-40 overall record in his 25 years as a men’s and women’s head coach. At Duke, Church has amassed a 113-76-26 record and led the Blue Devils to seven straight NCAA Tournaments.