Duke (4-6-3, 1-4-2) at Maryland (7-6-0, 3-4-0) Sunday, Oct. 13 • 1:00 PM • College Park, Md. Ludwig Field • Terps TV (www.umterps.com)
Blue Devils Continue Road Swing at Maryland on Sunday... In the middle of a four-match road trip, the Duke women’s soccer team (4-6-3, 1-4-2 ACC) will travel to College Park, Md., this weekend to face Maryland (7-6-0, 3-4-0) on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1:00 p.m., at Ludwig Field. Sunday’s match will be aired live on Terps TV and can be followed by heading to www.umterps.com. There will also be live stats and Twitter updates. For the second straight week, the Blue Devils were off during the week with no ACC Thursday night match. Duke will next play at Clemson on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m., on ESPN3 and will close its four-match road trip at Nore Dame on Oct. 20, before returning home to host N.C. State (Oct. 24) and Pittsburgh (Oct. 27).
A Look at Maryland... Maryland enters the match with a 7-6-0 overall and 3-4-0 league mark. The Terrapins have lost three out of their last four matches -- all losses coming against top-10 ranked opponents. Leading the Terps this year has been Hayley Brock (9 goals, 4 assists), Lauren Berman (3 goals, 5 assists) and Ashley Spivey (4 goals, 2 assists).
The Series with Maryland... Duke and Maryland will meet for the 34th time in school history with the Blue Devils leading the series, 14-12-6. In matches played in College Park, Md., Duke owns a 5-3-4 overall mark. Duke owns a 1-0-2 record over the last three meetings at Maryland. Redshirt senior Kim DeCesare has scored in the last two meetings against the Terrapins, while senior Mollie Pathman has totaled one goal and two assists in those contests.
Tough Stretch... The Blue Devils are currently on a six-match winless streak and have not won a match since a 3-0 victory over Miami at home on Sept. 12. The six-match streak ties for the longest winless streak in Duke history (1996, 1991) and is the longest such streak since head coach Robbie Church joined the Blue Devils in 2001. Duke will play its third consecutive road match on Sunday and has totaled a 1-3-1 mark on the road this year. The Blue Devils’ have their only road win in the season opener at 12th-ranked Texas A&M. Only Duke, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest feature four-match road stretches during the 2013 ACC slate.
Weinberg Moving Up Career Charts... Senior Laura Weinberg has totaled 10 points this season, which all have come over the last seven matches. She collected four assists against Miami (2), Florida State (1) and Virginia Tech (1) followed by goals at Boston College, Wake Forest and Syracuse. Weinberg moved into second place on Duke’s all-time points list with 96 and is only 21 away from first place. She passed Casey McCluskey (96), after scoring at Boston College. Weinberg owns 37 career goals, which ranks No. 3 on the Blue Devil charts. She is only three away from tying McCluskey (40) for second. Weinberg totaled a career-high 16 goals and 12 assists in 2012 and is only 21 points away from matching the Duke career points mark of 117 held by Kelly Walbert.
On the Road... So far this year, Duke owns a 1-3-1 record on the road with the lone victory coming at 12th-ranked Texas A&M in the season opener. The Blue Devils have lost at South Carolina, Wake Forest, Boston College and tied Syracuse in the other road matches. Laura Weinberg has scored all three of the goals on the road, while Kim DeCesare owns two of her three tallies away from home. Freshman Toni Payne has totaled all three of her assists on the road.
NCAA RPI... The third NCAA RPI was released this week with Duke moving from No. 34 to No. 25 overall. The Blue Devils’ challenging schedule shows in the RPI -- losses to Virginia (3), Florida State (7), Wake Forest (9), UCLA (5) and South Carolina (8).
Cobb Scores in Back-to-Back Matches... Blue Devil junior forward Kelly Cobb scored goals in back-to-back matches against Virginia and Virginia Tech to give her three tallies on the season. Cobb, Kim DeCesare, Laura Weinberg and Kaitlyn Kerr lead Duke with three goals each. A product of Chugiak, Alaska, Cobb owns 16 career goals in 49 matches.
Challenging Schedule... Duke’s non-conference schedule was one of the toughest in the nation featuring four ranked opponents -- No. 2 UCLA, No. 15 South Carolina, No. 16 West Virginia and then No. 12 Texas A&M.
Duke Freshmen Make Immediate Impact... Duke freshmen have made an immediate impact and over the last nine matches at least three rookies have started -- Christina Gibbons, Lizzy Raben, Malinda Allen, Toni Payne and Rebecca Quinn. The true freshmen have accumulated 3,796 minutes played on the season, which is 32 percent of the Blue Devils’ minutes played in 2013. Quinn was injured in the New Mexico match and made her return to the pitch at Boston College. She collected her first collegiate assist in her return. A total of seven freshmen have seen action so far this season – Lizzy Raben, Christina Gibbons, Rebecca Quinn, Toni Payne, Krysia Sikora, Malinda Allen and Catherine Blair. Duke featured three freshmen starting during the opening weekend (Lizzy Raben, Rebecca Quinn and Christina Gibbons), which is the most since 2009 when Tara Campbell, Erin Koballa and Nicole Lipp started as freshmen. The Blue Devils started two freshmen on defense in the season opener (Raben, Gibbons) for the first time since the 2002 campaign when Kate Seibert and Carolyn Ford started on defense as rookies. It is only the third time in school history two freshmen have started on defense in the season opener.
Slow Scoring Start... After the Blue Devils posted a school-record 207 points a year ago, Duke opened the 2013 season with a slow start scoring five goals in the first six matches. The five goals in six matches was the lowest output in school history to start the year. The previous low was eight in 2005. Duke also had nine goals in six matches in 1996 and 1998. Duke has scored at least one goal in all but one match this season (South Carolina). Duke has totaled six goals scored over the last four matches.
Kershner in Goal... Blue Devil redshirt sophomore Ali Kershner has been waiting for two years behind four-year starting keeper Tara Campbell to make her first start. Kershner was given the opportunity on Aug. 23 at 12th-ranked Texas A&M and made the most of her chance notching a shutout and three saves over 90 minutes. On Sept. 1 versus New Mexico, Kershner netted her second straight shutout in a 1-0 victory. She became the first Duke goalkeeper in school history to register two shutouts in her first two collegiate starts. She had her best performance against Miami with a career-high five saves, including a penalty kick save in the first half. Kershner now owns three shutouts. She registered a career-high eight saves in the last match at Boston College. As of late, Kershner has allowed two or more goals in five out of the last six matches. She had played in five matches in 2012 prior to this season.
Duke Battling Injuries... The Blue Devils have had their share of injuries in 2013 as Duke has been without starters Cassie Pecht and Gilda Doria for the entire season, while also not having the services of potential starter Alex Straton. Since the season started, starting freshman midfielder Rebecca Quinn went down with a foot injury and missed eight matches. She returned at Boston College and notched an assist. Starting defender Tabria Williford suffered a concussion and a quad injury and is not expected to be available at Maryland. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Meghan Thomas has been dealing with a shoulder injury and has not played since Aug. 30 against Kennesaw State. She is expected back this week at Maryland. Both Pecht and Doria are likely to miss the entire season, while Quinn is expected back at Boston College, Straton is out for the season, while Williford was injured again versus Virginia and will miss a couple of weeks. Pecht and Doria have combined for 13 goals and 35 assists over their career.
Noting Duke... • Duke has allowed 20 goals on the season, which is five fewer than the Blue Devils allowed all last season and seven more than Duke allowed in 2011 when the Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA College Cup. • The Blue Devils are 0-5 this season when being outshot by an opponent. • Duke freshman Toni Payne owns three assists on the year, which is tied for the second most on the Blue Devil squad. • The Blue Devils have scored at least one goal in the last 11 matches and have been shutout only once this season (at South Carolina). • Duke owns a 1-4-2 overall record this season in matches played on Sunday. • Redshirt junior Meghan Thomas notched her first collegiate shutout against Kennesaw State and owns a 0.67 goals-against average in two matches in 2013. • Duke featured five freshmen starting against New Mexico. • The Blue Devils have scored six goals this season in the first half. Two of those came at Syracuse on Sept. 22 and another two versus Virginia on Sept. 26. • Duke has outshot its opponents in the opening 13 matches by a 219-166 ledger. • Freshman Christina Gibbons leads Duke with 1,227 minutes played so far this season. She has seen action in all but three minutes on the defensive end. • The Blue Devils feature tri-captains in 2013 with Kim DeCesare, Gilda Doria and Kaitlyn Kerr getting the nod from their teammates. • Duke returned 95.4 percent of its scoring from the 2012 season, including 62 of 65 goals scored. • Dating back to the 2011 campaign, 11 of the 12 Blue Devil losses have been by one goal. • Duke is coming off advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth time out of the last six years. • The Blue Devils welcome the 10th-ranked recruiting class in the nation.
Consecutive Starts... Senior defender Natasha Anasi owns a team-best 63-game consecutive starts streak. Over her career, Anasi has helped lead Duke to 36 shutouts on the defensive end. She is a two-time All-America and MAC Hermann Trophy watch list selection. The 63 straight starts is tied eighth on Duke’s record books.