No. 11 Duke (12-3-2) vs. No. 9 Clemson (11-4-1)
November 5, 2017 | 1 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
SETTING THE SCENE
Duke enters the ACC Championship as the No. 4 seed after finishing the conference regular season with a 4-3-1 record. Clemson visits Durham as the No. 5 seed and advanced on a penalty kick shootout against Syracuse Wednesday night. The game ended in a 2-2 draw and the Tigers eventually came away with a 4-3 shootout win.
DUKE – CLEMSON BY THE NUMBERS
2-3 – Duke’s record as the No. 4 seed in the ACC Championship
12 – Wins for Duke so far in 2017, the most since the 2009 squad had 14 and one of 14 teams nationally to have 12
6 – Duke’s rank in the NCAA Committee Rankings released Oct. 29, one of 7 ACC teams in the top 10
19-25-4 – Duke’s all-time record in ACC Tournament history
.770 – Will Pulisic’s save percentage, first in the league and seventh among freshman keepers overall
11-0-1 – Duke’s record when scoring first this season
2.40 – Goals per game average for Clemson this season, third in the ACC and fifth nationally
0.97 – Current goals against average for Duke, allowing just one goal in its past three outings
3 – Duke’s RPI in the most recent RPI, third among ACC squads
5 – Wins improvement from the 2016 season, the largest jump Duke has made since 2003 (8) to 2004 (14)
5-1-1 – Duke’s record in the past seven games with the loss coming to the Tigers
177 – Of the 6720 minutes Duke has played in the past three seasons in which Markus Fjørtoft has not been on the field
ACC CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
Duke enters the 28th ACC Men’s Soccer Championship as the No. 4 seed. The Blue Devils are 19-25-4 all-time in the event and have three titles to their name – 1999, 2005 and 2006.
Duke is 2-3 as the No. 4 seed and 2-7-0 in quarterfinal games, which began in 2005 when the field expanded to then-nine teams.
The Blue Devils have gone into overtime 14 times, going 6-5-3 in those games and are 2-2 in penalty kick shootouts.
Duke and Clemson will meet for the 56th time Sunday afternoon with the Blue Devils holding a slight 26-24-5 advantage in the series. Clemson owns the past two victories - 3-1 and 4-1 triumphs in 2015 and 2017.
The Blue Devils are 17-7-2 against Clemson in Durham and are meeting the Tigers for the fourth time in ACC Tournament history. Duke is 0-2-1 in ACC postseason play against Clemson. The Blue Devils advanced in a penalty kick shootout in 2011.
DUKE REACHES 12 WINS
With a 12-3-2 overall record in regular season play, Duke reached the 12-win mark for the first time since 2011 and for the second time under head coach John Kerr.
Duke is two wins shy of matching the 14 the Blue Devils posted in 2011 – a season in which they had 12 in the regular season as well.
The 12 regular-season victories are the most since the 2006 squad had 13 before starting its postseason run. The regular season record for wins is 16 held by the 1982 squad.
Duke made five-win improvement from 2016, the largest jump from one season to another since the six-game leap the Blue Devils made from 2003 (8) to 2004 (14).
LAST TIME WE MET
Clemson senior Diego Campos netted a hat trick as the 11th-ranked Tigers earned a 4-1 victory over the 16th-ranked Blue Devils. Duke played a man down for the final 48 minutes.
Clemson took advantage of the extra man in the second half, scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes to break open the 2-1 game.
LAST TIME OUT
Freshman Daniel Wright scored in the 77th minute and the Blue Devil defense held off Virginia to post a 1-0 shutout victory over the No. 13 Cavaliers to clinch the No. 4 seed.
Rookie goalkeeper Will Pulisic finished with two saves, but made countless other plays, including holding Virginia off the board on 10 corner kicks. The shutout was the seventh for the Duke defense, the most since the eight in 2013.
LOOKING WAY AHEAD TO NCAAs
While the Blue Devils are in the hunt for an ACC title, the NCAA Championship selection show Nov. 13 looms. Duke is in solid standing for a top 16 seed, but a strong showing in the ACC Championship could give the Blue Devils a top four spot, guaranteeing home games running up to the College Cup.
The Blue Devils will be making their first appearance in the NCAA Championship since 2011 when it advanced to the second round. Duke was last a top 16 seed in 2006, earning the top overall spot after taking home the ACC title.
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS
Duke heads into the ACC Championship with a 12-3-2 record. The Blue Devils are looking to continue their trend upward and solidify a top eight seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Brian White headlines the offense with nine goals and two assists for 20 points. His nine tallies are a career best and rank 22nd nationally. Daniele Proch is next in line with five goals and 12 points overall in his first year as a Blue Devil. Daniel Wright, Markus Fjørtoft and Cameron Moseley have contributed three goals. Outside back Carter Manley has a team-high five assists.
Will Pulisic is 12-3-2 in goal with a 0.97 goals against average and a .770 save percentage. He has seven shutouts and owns 57 saves rank second and third in the ACC, respectively.
Clemson needed 110 minutes and six penalty kicks to advance past Syracuse 4-3 in a shootout against Syracuse. The game ended 2-2 after 110 minutes with the Orange tying the game with 1:59 remaining in regulation.
The Tigers are 11-4-1 overall and 3-2 on the road this season. Diego Campos owns nine goals and eight assists for 26 points, six of which came against the Blue Devils. Jason Wright has seven goals and Oliver Shannon has four goals and five assists. One of the top offenses in the country, Clemson is averaging 2.4 goals per game and 17.1 shots.
Defensively, Clemson has allowed 16 goals on the year for a 0.97 goals against average. Four of those goals have come in the past two games. Ximo Miralles anchors the backline in goal with a 1.02 goals against average and a .698 save percentage. He has been forced to make just 37 saves (2.3/gm). Clemson is allowing only 3.4 shots on goal per game this season.
Duke has scored a goal in the first half of 10 of its 12 wins this season and in 12 of the 17 games. The Blue Devils have 14 first-half goals this season after tallying just 10 goals overall in the opening 45 minutes in 2016.
The Blue Devils are 11-0-1 overall when scoring first and 1-3-0 when their opponent nets the first tally. Duke has led at the half nine times, winning all of those. It is 0-3 when trailing at the break.
DANIEL WRIGHT ON HOT STREAK
Freshman Daniel Wright gained notice this past week with a pair of goals in as many games, including the game winner against No. 13 Virginia. He has three goals in the past five games with his tallies against Georgetown and the Cavaliers being decisive ones.
He was named to the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer Teams of the Week and was voted the ACC Offensive Player of the Week.
A Duke win will send the Blue Devils to the ACC Semifinal against the winner between Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. A loss by the Blue Devils and Duke will await its fate for the NCAA Championship. The NCAA selection show is Nov. 13 at 1 p.m., on NCAA.com.