Arkansas (15-8) at Duke (9-8-5) Sunday, Nov. 24 • 1:00 PM • Durham, N.C. Koskinen Stadium • Blue Devil Network
Duke Set to Face Arkansas in NCAA Third Round on Sunday... Riding a 10-game winning streak in NCAA contests played in Durham, N.C., the Duke women’s soccer team (9-8-5) will host Arkansas (15-8) on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1:00 p.m., in the NCAA Tournament Third Round at Koskinen Stadium. The winner of the Duke/Arkansas contest will advance to the NCAA quarterfinals to face the winner of the Virginia Tech/Santa Clara match. Sunday’s match will be aired live on Blue Devil Network via www.GoDuke.com with John Roth and Duke graduate Maddy Haller providing color commentary. Duke is making its 11th straight NCAA Tournament appearance and is playing in the tournament for the 20th time in school history. The Series with Arkansas... Duke and Arkansas will meet for the second time in school history. In the only other meeting, the Blue Devils downed Arkansas, 3-1, on Sept. 17, 1994 in the Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C.
A Look at Arkansas... Arkansas enters the match on Sunday with a 15-8 overall record and is coming off a 2-1 win at Oklahoma State and a 1-0 victory against St. John’s in the NCAA Tournament. On the season, Ashleigh Ellenwood has led the Razorbacks with 13 goals and 32 points. Jeriann Okoro owns a team-high eight assists, while Cameron Carter has played in 22 of the 23 matches in goal, while totaling seven shutouts.
Blue Devils Upset No. 6 Florida ... Duke is coming off registering a 1-0 win on Friday in the NCAA second round against sixth-ranked Florida. Senior Natasha Anasi registered a first half goal and the Blue Devil defense held strong to lead Duke to the victory. Meghan Thomas added seven saves in goal for Duke over 90 minutes. Kim DeCesare and Mollie Pathman notched assists for the second straight NCAA match.
ACC Advancing.. All eight ACC teams that opened the NCAA Tournament remain and are eight of the final 16 teams remaining in the field. Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams (2001), this is first time all ACC teams selected to the NCAA Tournament advanced to the third round. It is the second time the ACC has had eight teams in the third round. In 2011, eight teams advanced to the third round, but the league had nine teams selected to the tournament. ACC teams have combined to outscore its foes, 41-4, in this year’s tournament.
Scoring in the NCAAs... Duke boasts nine players who have scored goals in the NCAA Tournament -- Kaitlyn Kerr (9), Laura Weinberg (3), Kim DeCesare (6), Mollie Pathman (3), Kelly Cobb (3), Gilda Doria (2), Katie Trees (2), Natasha Anasi and Cassie Pecht. Kerr is Duke’s all-time NCAA Tournament scorer with nine tallies, including five in 2011, while DeCesare is second with six goals. With her five assists in 2012, Weinberg is tied for Duke’s all-time assist leader with six along with Mollie Pathman.
Duke’s All-Time NCAA Points 20, Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-present) 13, Kim DeCesare (2010-present) 12, Laura Weinberg (2010-present) 12, Mollie Pathman (2010-present) 11, KayAnne Gummersall (2006-09) 9, Elisabeth Redmond (2006-09) 8, Kelly Cobb (2011-present) 8, Sarah McCabe (2003-06) 7, Gilda Doria (2010-present) 7, Katherine Remy (1992-95) 6, Cassie Pecht (2012-present)
Duke All-Time NCAA Goals 9, Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-present) 6, Kim DeCesare (2010-present) 5, KayAnne Gummersall (2006-09) 4, Sarah McCabe (2003-06) 4, Katherine Remy (1992-95) 3, Laura Weinberg (2010-present) 3, Mollie Pathman (2010-present) 3, Kelly Cobb (2011-present)
Duke All-Time NCAA Assists 7, Mollie Pathman (2010-present) 6, Laura Weinberg (2010-present) 5, Nicole Lipp (2009-present) 4, Cassie Pecht (2012-present) 3, Caitlin Connolly (1989-92) 3, CJ Ludemann (2006-07) 3, Lorraine Quinn (2004, 06-08) 3, Kate Siebert (2002-05) 3, Gilda Doria (2010-present)
Active NCAA Games Played Leaders... Among active career stat leaders, Duke’s Natasha Anasi and Laura Weinberg each are tied for the NCAA lead with 95 games played over the last four years. Kaitlyn Kerr (Duke) is second with 94 matches. The 95 matches played by Anasi and Weinberg are new school records at Duke.
Alaska Duo to Face Off... Duke junior Kelly Cobb will go against one of her good friends from Alaska when Duke hits the field on Sunday versus Arkansas. Yvonne DesJarlais is a senior for the Razorbacks and is from Anchorage, Alaska. The two played club soccer together in Alaska.
Duke Advances on Penalty Kicks... The Blue Devils took the opening lead at 24th-ranked Colorado College on a goal by Kelly Cobb, off assists by Kim DeCesare and Mollie Pathman. Colorado College added a goal late in the first half and the two squad ended up playing 110 minutes without scoring another goal. Meghan Thomas posted nine saves in goal for the Blue Devils and both teams finished with 23 shots each. In penalty kicks, Duke redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Ali Kershner came in to face the Tiger kicks. Colorado College opened with a 2-1 lead, after Katie Trees’ attempt was stopped. The Tigers held a 3-2 lead before Kershner stopped two straight kicks and then Cobb clinched the 4-3 penalty kick win. During the match, four different Blue Devils were escorted off the field with injuries and two did not return. Duke has advanced in the NCAA Tournament the last three times the Blue Devils have gone to penalty kicks.
At Home This Season... At home this year, Duke has accumulated a 4-3-2 overall record, including winners of three straight. Kelly Cobb has posted five of her seven goals this season at home, while Kerr has scored four of her five tallies at Koskinen Stadium. Duke has won its past 10 straight NCAA Tournament matches played in Durham, N.C. During those contests, the Blue Devils have outscored their opponents, 31-5.
Duhl Plays Big Minutes in First NCAA Action... After competing in only 94 minutes and seven matches in the regular season, Duke redshirt freshman Danielle Duhl came off the bench at Colorado College and played a career-high 68 minutes. She attempted her second career shot in the second half that nearly went in, but the Tiger goalkeeper was able to get her outstretched hand up and bat it away in the corner. Duhl came off the bench against Florida and played 36 minutes, while taking one shot.
Consecutive Starts... Senior defender Natasha Anasi owns a team-best 71-game consecutive starts streak. Over her career, Anasi has helped lead Duke to 39 shutouts on the defensive end. She is a two-time All-America and MAC Hermann Trophy watch list selection. The 71 straight starts is fifth in Duke’s record books.
Duke in the NCAA Tournament... The Blue Devils reached the big show for the 11th straight season and the 20th time in school history. Duke has advanced to the second round of the tournament in 11 out of the last 12 years. The Blue Devils hold an overall record of 26-17-7 in tournament play and advanced to the NCAA Championship match in 2011 before falling to Stanford, 1-0. Duke is coming off making back-to-back Elite Eight appearances for the first time since the 2007 and 2008 campaigns. The 11 straight NCAA Tournament appearances for Duke ranks tied for 12th overall -- UNC (32), Notre Dame (21), Virginia (20), Penn State (19), Texas A&M (19), Wake Forest (18), UCLA (17), Stanford (16), Florida State (14), Portland (14), West Virginia (14), Boston College (11), Duke (11), Florida (11). Over the last three years in the NCAA Tournament, Duke has outscored its opponents, 31-8.