Duke (2-0-0) vs. High Point (2-0-0)
Sept. 1 | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
SETTING THE SCENE
- Duke hosts High Point Friday afternoon in a battle of undefeated teams. Both squads enter the afternoon contest with a 2-0-0 record.
- Kickoff is set for 2 p.m., and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Ryan Craig (PxP) and Jason Garey (analyst) will call the action. The game can be seen on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app.
DUKE BY THE NUMBERS
2 – Shutouts to start the season, marking the first time since 2004 Duke has done so
35 – Teams, including Duke, which did not give up a goal during the opening weekend. Duke and Boston College are the lone ACC teams to remain unscored upon
15 – Goalkeepers, including Will Pulisic, who recorded two shutouts on opening weekend
30 – Votes received in the latest United Soccer Coaches national poll, putting the Blue Devils at 26th on the list
5 – Seniors in Duke’s Starting XI, the most in recent seasons
22 – Meeting between Duke and High Point Friday night, but just the third in this century
12 – Home games for the Blue Devils in 2017, including five to start the season
177 – Of the 5335 minutes Duke has played in the past three seasons in which Markus Fjørtoft has not been on the field
- Duke and High Point will meet for the 22nd time overall Friday night. It is the first matchup between the Blue Devils and Panthers since 2010 and only the third time this century the two teams have played.
- The Blue Devils lead the series 12-7-2 and have won seven straight. Duke’s last loss to High Point was a 2-1 setback in 1941. Six of those seven victories have been shutouts and two have come in overtime.
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS
- Duke enters the second weekend of the season with a 2-0-0 record after capturing the John Rennie Nike Invitational title with 2-0 and 3-0 wins over UCF and Fordham, respectively.
- Four different Blue Devils tallied goals last weekend and three players recorded their first points in a Duke jersey.
- Markus Fjørtoft, Carter Manley, Brian White and Brandon Williamson garnered All-Tournament team honors with Fjørtoft being named MVP.
- Duke is 2-0-0 to start the season for just the third time since 2008 and has recorded two shutouts to start the year for the first time since 2004. That 2004 team advanced to the NCAA title game.
SCOUTING HIGH POINT
- High Point visits Durham with a 2-0 record after its most recent 2-1 victory over UNC Greensboro Monday. Justin Shear and George Ekdahl both have tallies, while Keegan Meyer has played all 180 minutes and allowed one goal.
- The Panthers blanked Howard 1-0 to kick off the season and edged the Spartans 2-1 three days later. Ekdahl garnered the Big South Freshman of the Week for his game-winning goal versus Howard.
- High Point was selected second, with two first-place votes, in the Big South Preseason Poll behind reigning champion Radford. Junior defender Johnny Fenwick was named the league’s Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Fenwick has been named All-Big South in his first two seasons at High Point.
DUKE SCORES SHUTOUTS
- For the first time since 2004, Duke has posted shutouts in its first two games of the season. The two shutouts match the total from last season.
- The 2004 squad went on to advance to the NCAA title game and posted an 18-6-0 overall record.
THE FIVE FEARLESS LEADERS
- The Blue Devils will be led by the five captains in Kevon Black, Cody Brinkman, Markus Fjørtoft, Carter Manley and Brian White. Black also served as a captain in 2016 and all five are likely starters and will play valuable minutes.
WHAT WE KNOW
- Duke’s defense will be tough to crack this season and its leader Markus Fjørtoft is a quality penalty kick taker.
- The Blue Devils have not sacrificed a goal in the run of play in the five outings. In the three exhibition games, the Blue Devils sacrificed just two goals and those came on penalty kicks.
- Fjørtoft netted Duke’s two tallies in the exhibition games, converting second-half penalties against both Xavier and Indiana. He scored on a set piece in the Blue Devils’ opener for his fifth career goal.
- Four different players have scored a goal for Duke and eight different Blue Devils have at least one point on the year.
WHITE BREAKS THROUGH FOR TWO
- Senior striker Brian White had many opportunities against Fordham Sunday and buried two of them. The second goal was one that will be replayed many times. It was the first multiple goal game of his career with the four points also being a career-best.
- White is now just three goals shy of matching his total of five in 2016.
- Duke will play the first of its six weekday games Tuesday against Presbyterian. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., against the Blue Hose.
- The Blue Devils open ACC play against Virginia Tech Sept. 8. The game will be televised on RSN.