No. 8 Louisville (6-1-2, 2-1-0) at No. 19 Duke (7-1-1, 2-1-0)
September 30, 2017 | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
SETTING THE SCENE
No. 19 Duke welcomes top 10 foe No. 8 Louisville Saturday night at Koskinen Stadium. Both teams are 2-1 in league play and looking for three more points to stay near the top of their respective divisions. Louisville owns league wins over Syracuse and Boston College and a setback to Wake Forest, while Duke has ACC victories over Virginia Tech and Syracuse and a loss to North Carolina.
Duke-Louisville by the Numbers
175 – Career wins for Duke head coach John Kerr after the Blue Devils defeated App State 1-0
71-11-7 – Ken Lolla’s four-year record as a player at Duke, from 1980-1983
64-17-6 – John Kerr’s four-year record as a Blue Devil and ultimately winning the 1986 NCAA title
7 – Wins for Duke through nine games, tying the 2006 squads 7-1-1 start. The 2004 squad opened the season with 11 straight wins en route to the NCAA runner-up trophy
8 – Duke’s unbeaten streak at home, dating back to Oct. 21 of last season
5.78 – Shots per game allowed by Louisville this season, with only 2.33 of them landing on goal
20 – Goals overall by Duke this season, compared to 13 through eight games in 2016
12 – Teams that sport at least a .833 win percentage this season, including Duke and three other ACC squads
7.11 – Corner kicks per game for the Blue Devils, fourth in the ACC and ninth in the nation
177 – Of the 5990 minutes Duke has played in the past three seasons in which Markus Fjørtoft has not been on the field
Duke and Louisville are meeting for just the sixth time in the programs’ storied histories. The Cardinals are 3-1-1 against the Blue Devils and have won both of the meetings as ACC opponents. The Blue Devils’ lone win over Louisville came in 1997. Duke is 0-2 and has given up seven goals in the past two outings against the Cardinals.
DUKE OFF TO GREAT FIRST HALF OF 2017
With a 7-1-1 overall record, Duke is off to its best first half of a season since 2006 when the Blue Devils also started 7-1-1. The Blue Devils’ seven wins match the same as they compiled all of last season. Duke’s two ACC wins already match the total from 2016 and are two shy of tying a best of four under head coach John Kerr.
LAST TIME OUT
Brian White tallied a goal in the 59th minute and Duke held Appalachian State to just three shots overall to score a 1-0 victory over the Mountaineers Tuesday night.White’s goal was his sixth of the year, a career-best output, while Carter Manley contributed his team-high third assist. Duke held App State without a shot in the second half to post its third shutout of the year. Will Pulisic made one save in the victory.
DUKE CLIMBS IN POLLS
Duke’s 2-1 road win at No. 11 Syracuse launched the Blue Devils up in the rankings. The Blue Devils are 15th in the College Soccer News poll, 10th by Top Drawer Soccer and 12th according to Soccer America.Duke, falling out of the top 25 in the USC poll, after the loss to North Carolina, moved back in at No. 19 after the win at Syracuse.
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS
Duke continues its three-game homestand against No. 8 Louisville Saturday night. It is the Blue Devils’ first ranked foe at home this season as they look to remain unbeaten at Koskinen.
Brian White headlines the offense with six goals and an assist for 13 points. His six tallies are one more than his total from 17 games last season and he is one point shy of tying last year’s points total. 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. Outside back Carter Manley has a team-high three assists.
Will Pulisic is 7-1-1 in goal with a 1.08 goals against average and a .697 save percentage. He owns 23 saves and three shutouts in his nine starts.
Louisville comes to Durham after tying South Florida 1-1 Tuesday night.
The eighth-ranked Cardinals are 6-1-2 overall with the lone loss coming at the hands of current No. 2 Wake Forest. They are 2-0-0 on the road in 2017.
Tate Schmitt and Tim Kubel are the top scorers with four goals apiece. Schmitt has 11 points overall, while Kubel has 10. Louisville is averaging 1.89 goals per game and has not been shut out this season.In goal,
Jake Gelnovatch has started eighth games and owns a 0.85 goals against average and a .563 save percentage. He has only had to make nine saves in his 740 minutes. Louisville sacrifices just 5.8 shots per game and 2.3 shots on goal per game this season.
LOLLA RETURNS TO DURHAM
Louisville head coach Ken Lolla returns to his old stomping grounds Saturday when the Cardinals arrive in Koskinen Stadium. Lolla played at Duke from 1980-1983, earning second team All-America honors in 1983 and third team recognition in 1981.
Lolla garnered All-ACC honors three times, 1980, 1981 and 1983 and helped Duke to ACC titles in 1980 and 1982 and to four straight NCAA Tournaments.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Blue Devils feature a busy home schedule in 2017, playing at Koskinen Stadium 12 times. Duke is 6-0-1 this season. The Blue Devils didn’t play a true road game until Sept. 22 at Syracuse and finish the year with three out of the final four games coming at home.
Duke’s lone non-conference road game will be at Georgetown Oct. 9. Under John Kerr, Duke is 72-24-15 at home for a .716 win percentage.
The Blue Devils’ best season was 2009, going 12-1-0 at home.
AT HOME IN THE ACC
Duke is 16-13-8 in ACC home games since 2008 for a .552 win percentage. The current Blue Devils are 7-5-2 against conference foes at Koskinen Stadium.
DUKE vs RANKED TEAMS
Duke will be playing its third ranked opponent Saturday night against Louisville. The Blue Devils fell in a hard-fought 2-1 battle to No. 8 North Carolina and upset No. 11 Syracuse on the road.
They have four more ranked opponents on the schedule. Under John Kerr, Duke is 9-14-1 against ranked teams when unranked and 4-11-2 against top 25 teams when also ranked in the top 25.The Blue Devils own three top 25 wins in a season twice, winning three in 2015 and 2008. Duke is 1-1-0 in 2017 and went 2-6-0 last year.
vs. Ranked when Unranked 9-14-1
vs. Ranked when Ranked 4-11-2
vs. Unranked when Ranked 19-16-8
INCREASED SCORING PACE
Duke is averaging 2.22 goals per game this season to rank fifth in the ACC and 15th nationally. The Blue Devils are almost 85 percent of the way to its 2016 total of 24 goals after just nine games this season. They had 13 goals in the first nine 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.
WHITE RIDING STEADY SCORING PACE
Senior striker Brian White is averaging 0.67 goals per game and to rank fifth in the ACC and among the top 30 nationally.
He has six goals in nine games and has one in three of the past four games.
The senior captain buried two of goals against Fordham in August to record his first multiple goal game of his career.White is one goal shy of passing his total from 2015 and one point away from tying his 2016 total of 14 from last season.
BLACK VERSATILE FOR THE BLUE DEVILS
Senior Kevon Black has been quite versatile for the Blue Devils, starting at both left back and left midfield.
The senior captain helped anchor Duke’s defense to consecutive victories and one goal in 180 minutes, filling in for Matthias Frick who was serving a two-game suspension for a red card.
Prior to filling in the empty spot for Frick, Black was on a hot streak, scoring a goal and two assists in games against North Carolina and Wisconsin.
Duke closes out a three-game homestand Tuesday night with a matchup against Elon. The Blue Devils then hit the road for two games in three days at Pitt and Georgetown.