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Duke Looking for Road Win at No. 11 Syracuse
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/21/2017
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Game 8

Duke (5-1-1, 1-1-0) vs. No. 11 Syracuse (4-2-2, 0-1-1)

September 22, 2017 | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Syracuse, N.Y. | SU Soccer Stadium

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Setting the Scene

Duke will play its first true road game Friday night at No. 11 Syracuse. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., at SU Soccer Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and can be watched via WatchESPN. 
Syracuse will be looking for its first conference victory, while Duke will be looking for its first road win after falling to North Carolina in Greensboro last weekend.


Duke – Syracuse by the Numbers

1 – Assist from Will Pulisic, the first Duke goalkeeper to record a point since James Belshaw scored a penalty kick in 2012 and first assist since Sept. 2, 2007

6 – Points for sophomore Daniele Proch in the past three games after just one goal in the first four

4 – Points for senior Kevon Black in past two games, two more than he had in his previous three seasons combined 

6 – Seniors in Duke’s Starting XI this season

0 – Seniors in Syracuse’s starting lineup

7 – Of the 10 goals allowed by Syracuse this season that have been scored in the second half

9 – Of Duke’s 16 goals scored during regulation that have come in the second half

17 – Goals overall by Duke this season, compared to 10 through seven games in 2016

5 – Different starting lineups used by Duke this season, demonstrating the depth of talent by the Blue Devils

17.14 – Shots per game average for Duke, second in the ACC and seventh nationally

177 – Of the 5810 minutes Duke has played in the past three seasons in which Markus Fjørtoft has not been on the field

Series History

Duke and Syracuse are meeting for just the fifth time in the programs’ histories. The Orange are 3-1-0 against the Blue Devils and have won all three ACC matchups, including the 2014 ACC quarterfinal. 
Syracuse bested Duke 3-1 in a driving rainstorm in Durham in 2015, but did not face each other last season.


Duke Among High Powered ACC Offenses

Statistically, Duke is one of the top offenses in the country, averaging 2.43 goals per game. Although the Blue Devils rank ninth nationally, they are only fourth in the ACC, demonstrating the offensive firepower in the conference. 

The ACC owns four of the top nine scoring offenses, five of the top 12 assists per game, three of the top nine points per game and two of the top seven shots per game averages. Only the Big South has two teams represented in the top 10 of one of the categories – scoring offense by Gardner-Webb (6) and Liberty (10).

Scoring Offense

Team Per Game National Rank
Wake Forest 2.88 T-1
North Carolina 2.88 T-1
Virginia 2.50 T-7
Duke 2.43 9

Assists Per game

Team Per Game National Rank
Wake Forest 3.63 1
North Carolina 2.88 4
Notre Dame 2.67 6
Boston College 2.57 T-10
Duke 2.43 T-12

Points Per Game

Team Per Game National Rank
Wake Forest 9.38 1
North Carolina 8.63 2
Duke 7.29 9

Shots Per Game

Team Per Game National Rank
Wake Forest 18.63 3
Duke 17.14 7

Last Time Out

Duke fell behind 2-0 in the first 25 minutes of the game before rallying to tie it 2-2 at the half with first career goals from Kevon Black and Jack Doran. Cameron Moseley gave the Blue Devils the 3-2 lead just 33 seconds into the second half before Wisconsin equalized in the 77th minute on a free kick. Moseley responded just over 90 seconds later on an assist from goalkeeper Will Pulisic to give Duke the 4-3 victory.

 
Pulisic matched his career high with four saves to earn his fifth victory. The game featured seven goals, 30 combined fouls, 30 shots, two ties, two lead changes and two red cards.


Duke Climbs into Polls

Despite a tough 2-1 setback to No. 8 North Carolina, the Blue Devils remained in the top 25 this week. Duke came in as high as 16th in the Soccer America poll and is receiving votes in the coaches’ poll.

Duke, falling out of the top 25 in the USC poll, has not been ranked in the coaches’ top 25 in consecutive weeks since November of the 2010 campaign. 

About the Blue Devils

Duke hits the road for its first true road game with a 5-1-1 overall record and 1-1-0 mark in ACC play. The Blue Devils own a win over Virginia Tech and suffered a setback to No. 8 North Carolina. 

Brian White headlines a balanced offense with four goals and an assist for nine points. His four tallies are one shy of his five from a year ago. Daniele Proch has three goals and eight points overall in his first year as a Blue Devil, while three other Blue Devils have two goals.

Will Pulisic is 5-1-1 in goal with a 1.24 goals against average and a .667 save percentage. He owns 18 saves and two shutouts in his seven starts. 

Scouting Syracuse

Syracuse enters Friday night’s game after being upset 1-0 by Ivy League foe Cornell. The Orange is 4-2-2 overall and 0-1-1 in league play. It tied Virginia 2-2 and lost to Louisville in ACC action. 

Jonathan Hagman is the Orange’s top scorer with four goals, while Hugo Delhommelle has a goal and a team-best four assists for six points. John-Austin Ricks has three goals. 

Hendrik Hilpert anchors the defense in goal with a 1.35 goals against average and a .667 save percentage. He owns 22 saves in his eight outings. 

On The Road

Duke heads to Syracuse for its first true road game Friday night. The Blue Devils lost to North Carolina in Greensboro to fall to 0-1-0 away from home this season. 

The Blue Devils went 1-3 in ACC regular season road games in 2016, and in a testament to the difficulty of the league, have never won more than three ACC road games since 2008.

ACC on the Road

Year Record Pct.
2008 2-1-1 .625
2009 1-3-0 .250
2010 1-2-1 .375
2011 1-2-1 .375
2012 2-1-1 .625
2013 3-2-1 .583
2014 2-3-0 .400
2015 1-3-0 .250
2016 1-3-0 .250
2017 0-1-0 .000
Total 14-21-5 .413

Duke vs Ranked Teams

Duke will be playing its second ranked opponent of the season Friday night. The Blue Devils fell in a hard-fought 2-1 battle to No. 8 North Carolina last week and have five more ranked opponents on the schedule. Under John Kerr, Duke is 8-14-1 against rankedteams when unranked.

Under Kerr

vs. Ranked when Unranked 8-14-1
vs. Ranked when Ranked 4-11-2
vs. Unranked when Ranked 18-16-8

Strong Starts

Duke has scored a goal in the first half of all five of its wins this season and in six of the seven games. The Blue Devils already have seven first-half goals this season after tallying just 10 goals overall in the opening 45 minutes in 2016. 

Through seven games last season, the Blue Devils had just three first-half tallies. Duke went 3-1-0 when leading at the half last season and 5-2-1 when scoring first. The Blue Devils are 4-0-0 when leading at the half this season and 5-1-0 when scoring in the first half.

Increased Scoring Pace

Duke is averaging 2.43 goals per game this season to rank fourth in the ACC. The Blue Devils are 70 percent of the way to its total of 24 goals in 2016 after just seven games this season. They had 10 goals in the first seven games last season with five of them in one game.

Duke averaged 1.41 goals overall last year to rank 11th in the 12-team ACC. 

Proch Hitting His Stride

Sophomore Daniele Proch joined the Blue Devils after a fabulous first year at NCAA Division II school Catawba College. Proch led the Indians with eight goals and seven assists for 23 points in 16 games to earn all-region honors. 

Proch is quickly hitting his stride for the Blue Devils, tallying two goals and two assists in the past three games. He has at least one point in each of the past three outings after scoring on just a penalty kick in the first four.

Up Next

Duke returns home for three games, hosting Appalachian State Tuesday night. The Blue Devils host No. 10 Louisville Saturday night at 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra. 

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