No. 19 Duke (9-2-1) at No. 10 Georgetown (8-1-1)
October 9, 2017 | 1 p.m. | Hoyas Live
Shaw Field | Washington D.C.
SETTING THE SCENE
Monday features a top-20 matchup as No. 19 Duke visits the nation’s capital to take on No. 10 Georgetown. The Blue Devils look to finish their two-game road swing undefeated, while the Hoyas aim to extend their unbeaten streak to five games.
HOW TO WATCH
The game can be seen live on HoyasLive on the FOX Sports Go app. To watch HoyasLive, download the FOX Sports GO app for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets and phones and select Windows devices to view HoyasLive games on-the-go. The app also supports Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast. The FOX Sports GO platform can also be accessed at FOXSportsGO.com on desktops. A cable provider's login is required to access FOXSportsGO on a desktop.
DUKE – GEORGETOWN BY THE NUMBERS
16.08 – Duke’s shots per game average in 2017, the second most in the ACC
8.4 – Shots per game allowed by Georgetown this season, including just 3.4 on goal
7 – Goals by Brian White in 2017, a career-high and tied for the third most in the ACC
5 – Shutouts for Duke goalie Will Pulisic, the most in the league
23-37-8 – Duke’s road record since 2008 with a program-best 4-3-1 coming in 2013
7-0-0 – Georgetown’s home record this season, outscoring its opponents 17-4 at home
229:53 – Duke’s shutout streak after posting its second straight clean sheet Friday night
12 – Duke’s RPI in the first nationally-released rankings Oct. 2
22 – Georgetown’s RPI Monday prior to beating RPI-No. 8 Butler Friday
4-12-2 – Duke’s record under John Kerr against top 25 foes when ranked in the top 25 177 – Of the 6260 minutes Duke has played in the past three seasons in which Markus Fjørtoft has not been on the field
Duke and Georgetown are meeting for just the third time overall and for the first time since 1994. The two programs have played exhibitions in years past, but this is the first regular season matchup between the Blue Devils and Hoyas.Both teams own one victory, but Georgetown owns the victory in the modern era, a 2-1 win in 1994.
DUKE APPROACHES 10 WINS
With a 9-2-1 overall record, Duke surpassed its win total from 2016 and is two away from matching the 11 in 2011 - the last time the Blue Devils were in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach John Kerr’s 2009 squad had 14 wins, the most by a Blue Devil team in his tenure.
LAST TIME OUT
Brian White tallied a goal in the 16th minute, capitalizing on a Pittsburgh defensive miscue. The Blue Devils turned in a strong second-half performance to earn their fifth shutout. Cameron Moseley iced the victory with a goal in the 90th minute. Will Pulisic finished with four saves to earn his fifth shutout and second road victory. Duke moves to second in the Coastal Division with the win with nine points.
DUKE STAYS IN POLLS
Duke stayed put in the polls following a tough 1-0 loss to then No. 8 Louisville. The Blue Devils are 15th in the College Soccer News poll, 11th by Top Drawer Soccer and 15th according to Soccer America.Duke, staying put at No. 19 in the coaches’ poll, is ranked for consecutive weeks in the United Soccer Coaches Poll for the first time since November of 2010.
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS
Duke closes out its two-game road swing and five-day road trip in the nation’s capital Monday against No. 10 Georgetown.
Brian White headlines the offense with seven goals and an assist for 15 points. His seven tallies are a career best, while his 15 points are one more than he had in 17 outings last season. Daniele Proch is next in line with four goals and 10 points overall in his first year as a Blue Devil and Markus Fjørtoft and Cameron Moseley have contributed three goals. Outside back Carter Manley has a team-high four assists.
Will Pulisic is 9-2-1 in goal with a 0.90 goals against average and a .744 save percentage. He owns 32 saves and five shutouts in his 12 starts.
BUSY SIX DAYS FOR DEVILS
It has been a busy week for the Blue Devils. Duke outlasted Elon 1-0 Tuesday night and three days later picked up three road points with a 2-0 win at Pittsburgh. Duke headed straight to Washington D.C. to prepare for the No. 10 Hoyas, its second game in a span of 54 hours. The game at Georgetown will be the third game in six days or 126 hours.
Georgetown enters Monday afternoon’s contest with an 8-1-1 record following a commanding 3-0 victory over Butler Friday afternoon. The Hoyas’ lone loss came to Xavier, a 1-0 overtime setback, while the tie was to UCONN on the road. Georgetown is 7-0-0 at home this season.
Achara leads the charge on offense with six goals and an assist for 13 points, while Derek Dodson has four goals and nine points. The Hoyas have 20 goals in their 10 games for a 2.00 goals per game average.
JT Marcinkowski anchors the defense with a 0.68 goals against average and a .781 save percentage. He owns just 25 saves overall as the Hoyas allow just 8.4 shots per game and just 3.2 per game.
ON THE ROAD
Duke heads to Washington D.C. to close the five-day road trip. The Blue Devils own road wins at Syracuse and Pittsburgh. The Blue Devils went 3-4-0 in regular season road games in 2016, had a program-best 4-3-1 mark in 2013.
DUKE VS RANKED TEAMS
Duke will play its fourth ranked team Monday, Oct. 9 at Georgetown. The Blue Devils dropped tough one-goal losses to then No. 8 North Carolina (2-1) and No. 8 Louisville (1-0) and upset No. 11 Syracuse on the road. They have three more ranked opponents on the schedule. Under John Kerr, Duke is 9-14-1 against ranked teams when unranked and 4-12-2 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: 4-12-2
vs. Unranked when Ranked: 21-16-8
WILL PULISIC NOTES
Rookie goalkeeper Will Pulisic is one of 19 starting freshman goalies in the 150 ranked in the weekly statistics by the NCAA and one of two in the ACC. He leads the ACC with five shutouts. He registered the game-winning assist for the Blue Devils against Wisconsin, marking the first time since 2007 a goalie has had an assist. Pulisic garnered his first career weekly honor after helping the Blue Devils to a pair of shutouts to start the season. Named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week, Pulisic had five saves in his first two games.Pulisic’s five shutouts surpass Duke’s total from 2016 and are the most since Alex Long had seven in 2013. The individual record for shutouts is 13 by Pat Johnston in 1983 and 1985. James Belshaw had eight in 2012, the most under John Kerr.
Duke will take a much needed break before returning to action Friday, Oct. 13 against Clemson. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium on ACC Network Extra.