Duke (6-1-1) vs. Appalachian State (3-4-1)
September 26, 2017 | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
SETTING THE SCENE
Duke enters Tuesday’s game with a 6-1-1 overall record after upsetting No. 11 Syracuse 2-1 on the road. The Blue Devils are unbeaten at home this season.
Appalachian State is 3-4-1 overall and is coming off of a 1-0 overtime loss to UNC Greensboro Saturday.
DUKE – APPALACHIAN STATE BY THE NUMBERS
.758 – Duke’s win percentage in games played on Monday thru Thursday since 2008
5 – Goals for senior Brian White through eight games this season
5 – Goals scored by White in 17 outings last season
6 – Wins for Duke through eight games, the most since the 2004 squad opened the season with 11 straight wins en route to the NCAA runner-up trophy
7 – Straight home games won by the Blue Devils, dating back to Oct. 21 of last season
10 – Of Duke’s 18 goals scored during regulation that have come in the second half
19 – Goals overall by Duke this season, compared to 11 through eight games in 2016
8 – Goals tallied by Appalachian State this season
15.50 – Shots per game average for Duke, third in the ACC and 12th nationally
177 – Of the 5900 minutes Duke has played in the past three seasons in which Markus Fjørtoft has not been on the field
Duke and Appalachian State are meeting for the 21st time and for the second time with John Kerr at the helm. The Blue Devils are unbeaten at 20-0-0 and have only given up 16 goals in the 20 outings.
DUKE OFF TO SOLID FIRST HALF OF 2017
With a 6-1-1 overall record, Duke is off to its best first half of a season since 2005 when the Blue Devils also started 11-0-0. The Blue Devils’ six wins are one shy of their total last season. Duke’s two ACC wins already match the total from last season and are two shy of tying a best of four under head coach John Kerr.
LAST TIME OUT
Brian White and Markus Fjørtoft tallied goals and Will Pulisic made four saves to hold off No. 11 Syracuse on the road last Friday. It marked the second ACC win for the Blue Devils and first road victory of the year. It also was just though fifth time since 2008 Duke has beaten a top 25 opponent on the road. White’s goal was unassisted in the 36th minute to put Duke up 1-0 at the half and Fjørtoft made 2-0 just seven minutes into the second half, toeing in a Max Moser corner kick. Pulisic made a trio of high quality saves in holding the Orange to just one goals. He matched his career high of four for the second straight game.
DUKE CLIMBS UP IN POLLS
Duke’s 2-1 road win at No. 11 Syracuse has launched the Blue Devils up in the rankings. The Blue Devils are 15th in the College Soccer News poll, 10th by Top Drawer Soccer. The other polls will be released Tuesday afternoon.
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS
Duke returns to the friendly confines of Koskinen Stadium after a securing three road points at Syracuse over the weekend. The Blue Devils are unbeaten at 5-0-1 at home this season.
Brian White headlines the offense with five goals and an assist for 11 points. His five tallies match his total from 17 games last season and is three points shy of tying his points total from 2016. Daniele Proch has three goals and eight points overall in his first year as a Blue Devil and Markus Fjørtoft has contributed three goals as a center back.
Will Pulisic is 6-1-1 in goal with a 1.21 goals against average and a .688 save percentage. He owns 22 saves and two shutouts in his eight starts.
SCOUTING APPALACHIAN STATE
Appalachian State visits Koskinen Stadium after a tough 1-0 overtime loss to UNC Greensboro Saturday. The Mountaineers are 3-4-1 overall with wins over VCU, Central Arkansas and Longwood.
The Mountaineers are averaging just one goal per game and Juan Hernandez has a team-high two scores and five points overall. Six other players have one goal apiece and Daniel Avila and Reed Hunnicutt both have two assists. In goal Jake
Chasteen has played every minute and sports a 1.32 goals against average and a .744 save percentage. He is averaging four saves per game and has 32 on the year. The Mountaineers are 1-3-0 away from home.
DUKE IN MIDWEEK GAMES
Duke is playing its 63rd midweek game under head coach John Kerr. The Blue Devils are 39-17-6 in games played Monday through Thursday for a .758 win percentage. The Blue Devils have gone unbeaten in weekday games once, going 5-0-2 in 2011. Duke was 3-3-0 last season and is 1-0-1 this season.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Blue Devils feature a busy home schedule in 2017, playing at Koskinen Stadium 12 times. Duke is 5-0-1 this season. The Blue Devils don’t play a true road game until Sept. 22 at Syracuse. Duke’s lone non-conference road game will be at Georgetown Oct. 9. Under John Kerr, Duke is 71-24-15 at home for a .714 win percentage. The Blue Devils’ best season was 2009, going 12-1-0 at home.
Duke stays at home for its next two games, hosting No. 10 Louisville Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Blue Devils remain home for a Tuesday night matchup with nearby rival Elon Oct. 3.