DURHAM, N.C. – After wrapping up the most successful month stretch in school history, the fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils (11-1-0, 4-0-0 ACC) look to keep their winning ways going as they welcome the NC State Wolfpack (8-3-1, 1-2-1 ACC) to Durham on Thursday, Oct. 5. Thursday's contest is the first of a three-match homestand to wrap up the home slate for the 2017 regular season.
Duke will look to extend its program record winning streak to 12-straight matches and tie the school record for best start to ACC play at 5-0-0.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at Koskinen Stadium. The match will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
Duke Blue Devils (11-1-0, 4-0-0 ACC)
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NC State Wolfpack (8-3-1, 1-2-1 ACC)
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Match Day Info…
Thursday, Oct. 5
No. 4 Duke (11-1-0, 4-0-0 ACC) vs. NC State (8-3-1, 1-2-1 ACC) – 7:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Last Time Out…
The Blue Devils kept their winning streak going last week at Louisville, but endured a thriller of a match to do so in the process. Ella Stevens opened the scoring with her second score of the season to give Duke a 1-0 advantage. Louisville responded with the next two goals, putting Duke in a 2-1 hole with time winding down. Then came along Taylor Racioppi, who ended her goal drought with a score off a Kayla McCoy cross to send the game into overtime. It wasn’t until the second OT period that the game was decided, when a Duke cross deflected off several players and landed at the foot of Ashton Miller, who buried the shot and secured Duke’s 11th-straight win.
Friday, Sept. 29
No. 4 Duke def. Louisville, 3-2 [2OT] (Recap, Stats)
A Blue Devil Win Would…
- Give the Blue Devils a 12-match winning streak, the longest in school history (previous record was eight-straight wins in 2000).
- Tie the school record for best start to ACC play at 5-0-0.
- Be Duke’s 17th-straight win against the Wolfpack.
- Improve the Blue Devils’ ACC record to 107-89-32.
In the Rankings...
United Soccer Coaches: 4th
Soccer America: 4th
United Soccer Coaches: RV
Soccer America: NR
Scouting The Wolfpack...
NC State will be looking to snap a two-match losing streak on Thursday when it heads to Durham. After opening ACC play with a 1-0 win against Boston College, the Wolfpack have dropped consecutive matches at Notre Dame and Florida State. NC State is led by Tziarra King, who tops the squad with seven goals and 18 points. Sydney Wootten has been the Wolfpack’s primary keeper, playing 772:06 minutes, allowing eight goals and making 26 total saves.
The Series with NC State...
Overall: Duke leads 22-10-1
In Durham: Duke leads 9-5-1
First Meeting: NC State def. Duke, 4-0 (Oct. 5, 1988 in Durham)
Last Meeting: Duke def. NC State, 3-1 (Oct. 9, 2016 in Raleigh)
Current Streak: Duke +16
Leading The Blue Devils…
Points: Imani Dorsey, 18
Goals: Imani Dorsey, 8
Assists: Ella Stevens, 4
Shots: Taylor Racioppi, 40
Shots On Goal: Imani Dorsey, 24
Game-Winning Goals: Chelsea Burns, 3
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.40
Saves: EJ Proctor, 23
Save Percentage: EJ Proctor, .793
2017 Blue Devil Goal Tracker…
- Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens & Imani Dorsey) at No. 6 North Carolina – Aug. 18, 2017 (24:46)
- Kayla McCoy (Taylor Racioppi) vs. Xavier – Aug. 20, 2017 (16:17)
- Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) vs. Xavier – Aug. 20, 2017 (73:10)
- Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) vs. Xavier – Aug, 20, 2017 (89:40)
- Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) vs. Bucknell – Aug. 25, 2017 (44:15)
- Imani Dorsey (Kayla McCoy & Taylor Racioppi) vs. Bucknell – Aug. 25, 2017 (51:22)
- Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (14:45)
- Kayla McCoy (Unassisted) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (21:14)
- Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (61:42)
- Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) vs. UNCW – Sept. 1, 2017 (38:55)
- Ella Stevens (Unassisted) vs. Auburn – Sept. 3, 2017 (23:59)
- Imani Dorsey (Kayla McCoy) vs. Auburn – Sept. 3, 2017 (55:12)
- Imani Dorsey (Rebecca Quinn) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (28:27)
- Kat McDonald (Unassisted) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (37:44)
- Kayla McCoy (Schuyler DeBree) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (52:27)
- Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (62:09)
- Kayla McCoy (Taylor Mitchell) vs. Utah – Sept. 11, 2017 (81:11)
- Rebecca Quinn (Unassisted) vs. Utah – Sept. 11, 2017 (81:56)
- Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) vs. Virginia Tech – Sept. 17, 2017 (42:41)
- Ashton Miller (Imani Dorsey) vs. Virginia Tech – Sept. 17, 2017 (50:49)
- Imani Dorsey (Karlie Paschall) vs. Virginia Tech – Sept. 17, 2017 (58:42)
- Own Goal at Notre Dame – Sept. 21, 2017 (59:15)
- Imani Dorsey (Taylor Racioppi) at Notre Dame – Sept. 21, 2017 (73:37)
- Malinda Allen (Schuyler DeBree & Ella Stevens) at Notre Dame – Sept. 21, 2017 (75:13)
- Ashton Miller (Unassisted) vs. Pitt – Sept. 24, 2017 (38:37)
- Kayla McCoy (Ashton Miller & Ella Stevens) – Sept. 24, 2017 (66:16)
- Ella Stevens (Unassisted) at Louisville – Sept. 29, 2017 (23:50)
- Taylor Racioppi (Kayla McCoy) at Louisville – Sept. 29, 2017 (74:18)
- Ashton Miller (Unassisted) at Louisville – Sept. 29, 2017 (102:11)
Need To Know…
- Looking to make another mark the in the record books, the Blue Devils welcome NC State to Durham as they aim to tie the school record for best ACC play start at 5-0-0.
- Duke shut out its first three ACC opponents this year (3-0 vs. Virginia Tech, 3-0 at No. 18 Notre Dame and 2-0 vs. Pitt), the first time in program history it has ever accomplished the feat.
- The Blue Devils have won a program record 11-straight matches after Friday night’s double overtime win at Louisville. The previous record was eight-straight wins in 2000.
- Duke dominated the month of September, going a perfect 8-0-0 while outscoring opponents 20-3 and earning six shutouts. That is the best month stretch in program history.
- Leading the Duke attack is senior Imani Dorsey, who tops the team with eight scores and has recorded a point in nine of Duke’s 12 matches. Also providing some pressure on the offensive end is Kayla McCoy, whose second on the team with six goals and 15 points so far this season.
- On the defensive end for Duke has been the standouts of Chelsea Burns, Schuyler DeBree and Morgan Reid, as each have started all 12 contests and recorded seven clean sheets. Reid and DeBree have gone the distance in 10 matches this year, while Burns has five such performances.
- Duke’s 2017 season has provided with some extreme depth between the posts, as senior EJ Proctor and redshirt freshman Brooke Heinsohn have shared time in goal. Proctor has drawn 10 starts (870:23 minutes), while Heinsohn has two (225:00 minutes). Proctor is currently second in the ACC in both goals against average (0.62) and shutouts (5), both ranking in the top 30 nationally.
Just Keep Winning, Just Keep Winning…
With Friday night’s 3-2 overtime victory in Louisville, Duke women’s soccer extended their program record winning streak to 11-straight matches. During the streak, Duke has defeated three ranked opponents, shut out seven foes and went 2-0 at its home tournament for the first time since 2012.
Shutting It Down In September…
To say that the Blue Devils enjoyed the month of September would be a bit of an understatement. Duke went 8-0 during the month, including wins against three ranked opponents (4-0 at No. 3 WVU; 2-1 vs. No. 21 Utah; 3-0 at No. 18 Notre Dame). Church’s squad was lights out on defense in that stretch, outscoring opponents 20-3 and shutting out six opponents, with five of those coming from senior EJ Proctor. The stretch marked the first time in school history that the Blue Devils have swept through the month of September with a perfect record.
Top Five, Top Five, Top Five…
Duke continues to be a mainstay in the top five of all polls heading into the eighth week of play. The Blue Devils moved up to No. 4 in the Soccer America rankings, putting them at fourth in all three polls (Soccer America, United Soccer Coaches, TopDrawerSoccer.com).
Hot Start To ACC Slate…
The Blue Devils have not just won a program best 11-straight games, they’ve also started a perfect 4-0 in conference play, defeating Virginia Tech, No. 18 Notre Dame, Pitt and Louisville. With a win on Thursday, the 2017 DWS squad can tie the school record for best conference start, set in 1997 when the Blue Devils began 5-0 in league play.
Miller Loving ACC Play…
Senior Ashton Miller has been off to a stellar start in ACC play, as the Blue Devil captain has scored three goals (two game winners) and tallied seven points through four conference matches. Her three scores tie a career high for goals in ACC play, while her two game winners (vs. Pitt, at Louisville) mark a new career best.
Blue Devils In The RPI…
The first official NCAA women’s soccer RPI was released two weeks ago, with Duke opening the year at No. 6. That is the highest Duke has begun a season in the RPI since starting out at No. 3 in the first rankings of 2011.
Duke moved up to No. 4 in the last batch of RPI rankings, released this Monday. Duke’s Thursday night foe, NC State, comes into the week at No. 40, while Florida State enters the weekend ranked 14th.
Thursday’s match will be live streamed through ACC Network Extra, with Ryan Craig and Jason Garey on the call. Fans can access the broadcast through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
No. 4 Duke vs. NC State ACC Network Extra Broadcast
Duke will provide live stats for Thursday’s match, which can be accessed by going to GoDuke.com/wsoccer or clicking the link below.
No. 4 Duke vs. NC State Live Stats
Sunday, Oct. 8
No. 4 Duke (11-1-0, 4-0-0 ACC) vs. No. 6 Florida State (8-2-0, 3-1-0 ACC) – 1:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
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