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Duke Aims to Resume Winning Ways Friday at NC State
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Release: 10/05/2012
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Game 10
Duke (3-5-1, 1-2-1 ACC) at NC State (7-4-0, 0-3-0 ACC)
Raleigh, N.C. l Dail Soccer Field
October 5, 2012 l 6:30 p.m.
Regional Sports Network

Live Video l Live Stats l Twitter

On the Air
Friday night's game will be televised live the Regional Sports Network (RSN) ... Mike Hogewood (PxP) and John Rennie (analyst) will be calling the game ... The game will be broadcast live on all of the networks below

  • FS South
  • FS Florida
  • Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
  • NESN
  • FS Arizona Plus

 Setting the Scene

  • Duke makes the short trip to Raleigh for a matchup with the Wolfpack Friday night at 6:30 p.m. on the Regional Sports Network
  • The Blue Devils are coming off of a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss to No. 6 North Carolina last Friday
  • NC State also was off midweek game, last suffering a 2-1 loss to Boston College Sept. 28

 The Series History

  • Duke leads the all-time series 54-23-6 and is 6-3-1 in the past 10 meeting
  • The Blue Devils are 1-2-1 under head coach John Kerr against NC State
  • Duke last lost at NC State in 2004, a 1-0 setback
Tale of the Tape




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Duke by the Numbers
20-12-5 - Duke's all-time record when traveling to NC State
832 - Minutes played by freshman Zach Mathers, the lone Blue Devil to play every minute this season
239 - Career saves by senior goalkeeper James Belshaw in 69 career contests
36 -  Shutouts Duke has posted against the Wolfpack, with 34 of those being victories
9 - The most goals Duke has scored against NC State, a 9-2 win in 1952
7 - Goals allowed by North Carolina State in ACC play in 2012
3 -  Goals allowed by Duke in ACC play in 2012
52 - Rank of senior goalkeeper James Belshaw nationally in save percentage (.801)
5 - Home games remaining on the Blue Devils' 2012 schedule
4 - Number of teams in the top 25 Duke will or will have faced this season

Last Time Out
Duke dropped a heart-breaking 2-1 game to No. 6 North Carolina last Friday night ... The Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead off of a Riley Wolfe goal in the 56th minute and held off the Tar Heels until the 87th minute when Cameron Brown netted the tying goal to force overtime ... North Carolina added the game winner just over a minute into overtime as Duke played the final nine minutes of regulation two men down and the final 17 with one man down ... James Belshaw had five saves in the setback.
Scouting North Carolina State
NC State enters the contest looking for its first ACC victory ... The Wolfpack are 7-4-0 overall, but 0-3-0 in league play with the most recent loss coming to Boston College last week ... Alex Martinez headlines the offense with a league-high 21 points from eight goals and five assists ... Monbo Bokar has five goals and six players have at least eight points to their names ... Fabian Otte has started nine games and sports a 1.36 goals against average and a .684 save percentage ... The Wolfpack have allowed 13 goals this season with seven of those coming against ACC foes ... NC State is 3-2-0 overall and 0-1 in the ACC at home.

Last Time They Met
Andrew Wenger netted a hat trick and Chris Tweed-Kent added a fourth goal as Duke ran away with a 4-2 win over the Wolfpack ... NC State scored in the 4th minute, but the Blue Devils responded with three goals in an 18-minute span for a 3-1 halftime lead ... James Belshaw had two saves in the win, while Fabian Otte had eight for the Wolfpack ... Nazmi Albadawi had both goals for NC State.

In Common
NC State and Duke share three common opponents, including a pair of non-conference foes ... Both squads have played Delaware, Santa Clara and Clemson ... NC State is 2-1-0 overall with the loss coming to the ACC foe Tigers, while Duke is 1-2-0 with the victory being a 2-0 shutout of Clemson.

Familiar Foes
Duke sophomore and freshman Chase Keesling and Ryan Thompson both will see a familiar face in NC State's Nader Jaibat as all three played high school soccer at Green Hope ... Keesling and NC State's Moss Jackson-Atogi both played club soccer for CASL Chelsea FC.

In Conference Games
Duke holds a 1-2-1 record this season in ACC play ... In its last ACC game, Duke lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to North Carolina ... Under head coach John Kerr, Duke is 15-15-6 against ACC foes.

Close Calls
All five of Duke's losses this season have been by a single goal with the most recent setback against North Carolina coming in overtime ... Duke has yet to allow a first-half goals this season and is 3-3-0 when scoring first.

Sebastien Ibeagha Leads All Duke Scorers
Junior center back Sebastien Ibeagha leads all Duke scorers and ranks in a tie for sixth in the ACC with four goals and has nine points overall.

Mathers a Marathon Man
Freshman Zach Mathers has played all 832 minutes this season for the Blue Devils, the lone player to do so ... Mathers has split his time between center back with junior Sebastien Ibeagha and center midfield with Sean Davis ... A talented player, Mathers comes to Duke from Keller, Texas where he played for Solar Chelsea Academy.

Follow Duke on Twitter
The Duke men's soccer team is on Twitter ... Fans can follow @Duke_MSOC for in-game updates, pictures from Duke's travels and more.

Next Up
Duke will have a full week to prepare for its next opponent when it welcomes No. 1 Maryland Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. ... The game will be televised live by RSN.